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UPDATED - Weymouth College Principal Suspended

Red Weymouth College

4:14pm 27th November 2014
(Updated 8:15am 28th November 2014)

Weymouth College aren't revealing any more details yet over why Principal Liz Myles has been suspended from her post, pending an investigation.

The news broke yesterday afternoon.

In a statement to Wessex FM the college said:

“We have no further comment other than to confirm that the Principal, Liz Myles has been suspended from her post, pending an investigation.”

“To ensure we maintain the integrity of the investigation, no further information can be provided to you at this time.”

Weymouth College has recently been under financial pressure and has been working with the Education Commissioner.

Back in August, 21 staff went into consultation over potential redundancies.

Speaking to Wessex FM, Simon Bowkett, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate said:

“Today I have been contacted by a number of people with connections to Weymouth College concerned at news that the College’s Principal, Liz Myles, has been suspended.

“The exact circumstances are unclear at present, and it would be inappropriate to comment or speculate on the impacts of this news until the College makes its position clear once the investigation that is now underway reaches a conclusion.

“However, it is of course well known that the College is subject to a Structures and Prospects Review by the Further Education Commissioner, and has been – and remains - under acute financial pressure.

“At this time, my primary concern is for the College’s students, apprentices, and staff who now enter the Christmas period with considerable uncertainty, and I shall be offering whatever support I can in the coming weeks and months to the College’s Board of Governors and to the Leadership Team.

“I believe Weymouth College can and should play a full part in the provision and development of local skills, and in bringing more jobs and better jobs to the local area. It is vital that the College now pulls together to focus on securing its future, linked to other local skills and employment strategies, and in partnership with local business leaders and community organisations.”

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