Change of Principal
In August Dr
Robert Wilkinson, the College's Principal, is leaving to take up the
Principalship of Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge, another
leading sixth form college. Professor
Richard Card, Chairman of Governors, pays tribute to Dr Wilkinson’s
was in 1994 that Dr Wilkinson joined Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I
College from the College to which he is to return.
By the standards of Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College, Dr
Wilkinson’s period of office has been a short one; the College only had
four heads in the whole of the preceding century.
Much, however, has been achieved during his relatively brief tenure
Dr Wilkinson joined the College, he joined a thriving educational
institution with staff and students of high quality but one whose
accommodation was woefully inadequate.
Aided by a very able Estates Officer, Dr Wilkinson has been at the
forefront of the College’s success in achieving a range of improvements
of the College’s accommodation and facilities.
New building has taken place on a substantial scale, as well as
adaptation and refurbishment. The
College’s current premises bear favourable comparison with any other
sixth form college. They, as
well as the College’s academic record, have ensured that the College
remains the first choice for sixth form college education for the majority
of applicants in the area.
Dr Wilkinson’s leadership new management and quality assurance systems
have been devised and adopted within the College.
Their effectiveness can be gauged by the very good results achieved
in two inspections of the College since 1994, particularly in the second
inspection in October 1999.
results have improved annually under Dr Wilkinson’s leadership.
For example, in 1996 the A-level pass rate was 82.4% (14.0% at
grade A), whereas in 1999, 2000 and 2001 it was 94.5% (18.0%), 94.6%
(19.1%) and 94.6% (20.4%) respectively.
curriculum developments have taken place under Dr Wilkinson’s
leadership. Two are
particularly deserving of mention. First,
the LATeC centres, two successful free-standing, flexible learning IT
centres for adults. Second,
the expansion of Foundation Programmes taught by College staff for the
University of Leicester's students; these attract an increasing number of
governors, staff and students at the College thank Dr Wilkinson for his
leadership of the College and his contributions to its work.
They wish him all success for the future.
Wilkinson’s successor is Mr Ian Wilson, who is currently Vice Principal
at Long Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge.