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Ann Thunhurst appointed new principal of Redbridge College
3:48pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
A new college boss has promised changes, but vowed to carry on the successful work of her predecessor.
Ann Thunhurst, 55, took over at Redbridge College in Barley Lane this month after acclaimed former head Theresa Drowley stepped down from the role, although she is continuing as its chief executive.
Ms Thunhurst said she wanted to make improvements but had "no immediate plans" for any major shake-ups at the college, which caters for more than 3,500 students.
She said: "This is a good college with outstanding features according to Ofsted, and I don’t plan to fix anything that isn’t broken.
"Inevitably though, in order to move forward, we will need to change things.
"The new educational landscape is providing us with huge opportunities that simply have not been there in the past.”
Ms Thunhurst grew up in Lord Avenue, Clayhall, and attended Wanstead County High School - now known as Wanstead High School.
But instead of going to university she then went to Waltham Forest College in Walthamstow to study for City and Guilds qualifications.
"For me, I feel that this was the right choice," she explained.
"I’m not suggesting that the route I took is better than the academic alternative, but I do want to make it clear that A Levels and universities are not the only options after secondary school.”
However, she later earned both a BA and MA in Education while studying part-time as she worked at a variety of further education colleges, including the Colchester Institute.
She added: “Because I began my career via the vocational route, I think that Redbridge College and I make a perfect match.
"There is a diverse range of individuals in our extended college community – employers and educators as well as staff and students – and I believe that we never finish learning; learning should be encouraged throughout our entire community, at every level".
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