27th September 2018
York College has today announced that Dr Alison Birkinshaw will be stepping down from her role as Principal later this academic year.
Dr Alison Birkinshaw arrived at York College in January 2008. The College was judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted in 2013, and is the top performing College in Yorkshire and Humberside for A Levels, Academic studies and Technical education. This year the College’s results surpassed previous years, with an A Level pass rate of 99.9 per cent, Vocational students achieving record high grades and most recently Higher Education students graduating in York Minster with exceptional success.
Alison explains: “I think the time is right to step down as Principal and prepare the ground for my successor to take the College forward. York College remains an Outstanding College with outstanding financial health and I am confident that this success will continue long into the future. I also have absolute confidence that York College, as one of the most successful colleges in the country, will have a range of excellent applicants for the principal role, and local businesses and other community representatives will be invited to be part of the selection process. I have been very privileged to have been Principal at York College for over 10 years, and to have worked in the Further Education sector for over 34 years. During that time, I have worked with thousands of talented students and many skilled and hard-working staff. I am also very grateful to have experienced exceptional support from students and their parents, staff, and our local community here in York and across the region. It will be a wrench to leave but until my last day, it will be business as usual here at the College.”
Shirley Collier, York College’s Chair of Governors adds: “During her time as Principal of York College Alison has provided exceptional leadership, not only to colleagues and students here in York, but across the region and indeed nationally. She has inspired respect and high levels of achievement and many of the College’s ambitions have been realised during this period. We are now in the process of finding a successor who can build on her legacy and deliver on our equally ambitious future plans. In the meantime, the board of governors - which Alison has done so much to develop - remains committed to the College’s vision where everyone matters and a successful future begins.”
In her retirement Alison plans to spend time working in the voluntary sector, travelling and enjoying more time with family and friends.