Shrewsbury Colleges Group has today announced the appointment of James Staniforth to the role of Principal and Chief Executive.  The newly formed Group, comprising of Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and Shrewsbury College, is Shropshire’s largest combined A Level and vocational education provider since the July merger.

Taking over from the Interim Principal and CEO Lyn Surgeon after Easter 2017, James Staniforth will join the Colleges Group from the ‘outstanding’ Strode College near Glastonbury, where he is currently the Principal.  He brings substantial experience of the education sector including senior roles within Sixth Form and Further Education colleges.

He comments: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Shrewsbury Colleges Group and to have the opportunity to work with the staff, governors and the community to move the College to the next stage post-merger.  SCG has many unique strengths which will enable us to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the ever changing world of further education.  I am absolutely committed to making SCG a centre of academic and vocational excellence and to develop a regional and national reputation for our work”.