Frances Wadsworth has been named as the new Principal and Chief Executive of Croydon College, to succeed Mariane Cavalli.
Wadsworth has been recruited for the estimated £100,000 a year post from East Surrey College, where in the past six years she has been given credit for turning the institution around, from having “arguably the worst Ofsted outcome in the sector in 2003”, with a budget deficit £2.7 million deficit.
In the announcement on Croydon College’s website, Wadsworth said that her new establishment “is already known for the quality of its teaching and learning and innovative practice. I am looking forward to working with the staff to build further on the existing good practice and achieve the goal of Outstanding status for the College”.
Wadsworth is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the RSA, as well as holding a number of other roles: she is member of the FE Performance and Review Board, Learning & Skills Improvement Service Council, and is a governor of the Warwick School in Redhill.
Croydon College says it is in the top 10 per cent of colleges in the country for its success rates, and is undergoing extensive redevelopment, with an extension to its Fairfield building due to open next spring.