New College Principal Graham Taylor given a rousing send off

©Calyx Picture Agency Graham Taylor retires from New College after 21 years. On 11th July 2018, New College Swindon will be holding a presentation and lunch to mark the retirement of Principal, Graham Taylor. Over his 21 years of leadership, the College has expanded and diversified significantly with provision now including Apprenticeships, Pre-16 courses, Higher Education and adult education across qualification and leisure courses and business and professional training. We would like to invite you in to the college for a chance to chat to Graham about his time at New College, as well as an opportunity to take photographs. This will take place after the presentation at 1pm.

New College Principal Graham Taylor has been given a rousing send-off by colleagues and students after announcing his retirement after 21 years.
“I have to admit, I am feeling a little tearful after such a lovely event. We had poems, quizzes and some lovely words.”
Under Mr Taylor’s watch, the college has grown from a modest institution with an income of £3m and 1,200 students to a highly successful establishment with an income of £23m with 10,000 learners on their books.
“It’s the people I will miss the most. I’ve been lucky to work with a wide range of fantastic colleagues.
“As a leader, you want to help all staff to help make a difference to the lives of students coming through. It’s been great to see how the college has developed – I’m very proud of that.”

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Graham took up the post at New College in 1996, having held teaching posts at colleges in Gloucestershire, Ealing, and Hampshire.
Under his leadership, the college has developed from offering A-levels and Sixth Form courses to 16-18 year-olds to also include apprenticeships, pre-16 courses, Higher Education and Adult Education courses as well as business and professional training.
The facilities have also expanded to now include a new sports centre, dance studio and future plans for the Great Western Academy school.
Graham added: “Any Principal is only as good as the staff around them and I pay tribute to those I have worked with over the years for helping to make New College a wonderful place to work in. I am proud that in an era of increased competition and funding cuts we have survived and prospered.
“We have also been extremely fortunate to attract, educate and train so many great learners who have gone on to achieve great things. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve them. Education changes lives and I am so delighted to have been able to play a part in this.”
Graham admits that he will not be able to retire from education entirely, with plans to share his expertise as a consultant, working with other further education establishments.