Principal joins prestigious group

Stockton Sixth Form College’s Principal has been invited to represent the national sixth form college sector on a highly regarded education advisory group.

Joanna Bailey has been invited to join the prestigious Education Advisory Group of the Sutton Trust, an educational charity dedicated to improving social mobility through education.

As the Trust approaches its 20th anniversary, the newly established Education Advisory Group will help shape their future research and programmes which aim to address educational disadvantage.

The group will include two leading state school headteachers, one independent school headteacher, one sixth form college principal, one university vice-chancellor, one Dean of Admissions, two education academics, a Sutton Trust student and a leading education journalist.

Joanna, who has 25 years’ experience working in the sixth form college sector, joined Stockton Sixth Form College in 2012 from her role as Principal at the outstanding Winstanley College in Wigan. Under her leadership, Stockton Sixth Form achieved a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating in March 2014.

Joanna Bailey, Principal at Stockton Sixth Form College, said: “I am absolutely delighted to represent the sixth form college sector and thrilled to be invited to do so.

“Sixth form colleges are renowned for offering high quality education and excellent outcomes, and I am extremely passionate about their place in our education system.

“I look forward to meeting the group and discussing how we can further assist the Trust in the months and years to come.”

Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Sutton Trust and of the Education Endowment Foundation said today:

“As the Trust approaches its 20th anniversary in 2017, our new advisory group will play an important role helping shape our future. I’m delighted that Joanna will bring her knowledge of the sixth-form sector to the group; her experience will be much valued by the Trust and her fellow members.”