The woman who set up Buckinghamshire University Technical College in Aylesbury has announced her retirement after three years at the helm.
Principal Bev Flanagan will leave on July 31 and believes she leaves the UTC in a ‘good place’.
She was recruited to set up the £10m technical college in Oxford Road in 2012 and has seen two full academic years and one entire cohort of students to the end of their programme.
The UTC takes in children from age 14 to give them a vocational education in construction or IT, with businesses such as Taylor Wimpey lending their expertise to the classroom.
Mrs Flanagan said: “It was always my plan to do three years as principal and it has been hugely rewarding to see the students blossom under the UTC model, which I passionately believe in.
“Our sponsors and particularly our employers have been outstanding and without their support, the UTC would not have been as employer focused as it currently is.
I will be very sad to go and will miss my superb team of staff whose hard work and enthusiasm hold no bounds, but am happy that I am leaving the UTC in a good placeUTC principal Bev Flanagan
“I will be very sad to go and will miss my superb team of staff whose hard work and enthusiasm hold no bounds, but am happy that I am leaving the UTC in a good place.”
Although she is retiring from a permanent full time job she still hopes to use her knowledge in some capacity in the education sector.
Ruth Farwell, former Vice-Chancellor of Bucks New University and chair of the UTC board added: “The board will be extremely sorry to see Bev retire.
“She has been an excellent principal and we are so grateful to her for steering the UTC so ably through its set up and its first two intakes.
“Bev’s skills were exactly what were needed during that critical time of the UTC’s first few years in operation.
“Without her enthusiasm for employer engagement and her determination to adhere to that ethos, the UTC would not be as successful as it undoubtedly is in preparing young people for work.”
The UTC board is managing the recruitment of her successor and is ‘confident’ there will be no loss of momentum as a new principal is sought’.