Appointment of Bath College Principal and CEO


Bath College is delighted to announce that after a robust and comprehensive recruitment process, the current Deputy Principal,  Jayne Davis has been appointed as Principal and CEO of Bath College and will take up her role in late summer. Jayne has been at the College for 5 years and has been instrumental in key developments  during this time, securing a number of capital bids, overseeing the College’s successful Higher Education TEF silver award, leading on the college’s overall Covid response as well as being the Quality Nominee in our successful Ofsted inspection in 2018. These incredible achievements build on 21 years of experience in management and 11 years in education senior management.


The Chair of Governors, Andy Salmon said that, “Succeeding in a rigorous interview process as an internal candidate is not easy. As well as external vision, Jayne demonstrated really strong internal support, the essential combination to keep us on the progression Laurel’s leadership has so well established.”


On her appointment, Jayne Davis said, “I am thrilled and honoured to be taking over the Principal and CEO role in the summer. It is such a great College and to get to lead it into our next phase is very exciting.  I am looking forward to working with staff and students in this new position and seeing us achieve great things.”


The outgoing Principal and CEO, Laurel Penrose stated that, “ I could not be more delighted in this appointment. Jayne’s passion for teaching and learning, the FE sector, Bath College and its staff and students is plain for anyone to see. I am confident that Jayne will lead the College into a bright future.”


I am sure that you will join us in congratulating Jayne on her successful appointment.



Bath College accredited by ground-breaking dual career scheme


Bath College are delighted to be leading the way with supporting talented athletes in education in England, having been accredited by an innovative Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS). The TASS Dual Career Accreditation Scheme aims to allow and support young sportspeople on the talent pathway to have the opportunity to gain qualifications alongside their sporting pursuits, follow other interests, as well as further their personal development.


This is a huge achievement for Bath College and we are very proud to be awarded this recent accreditation. Ceri Baker, our Curriculum Manager for Health, Science & Engineering said: “Providing high quality education programmes is a key focus at Bath College and we are proud to be able to offer that little bit extra. Talented athletes will now be able to continue to excel academically whilst thriving as an athlete through the TASS Duel Career Accreditation pathway. We are committed to supporting students to achieve their full potential.”


Paul Blenkinsopp, our Sports Lecturer in Football also said: “Bath College has always had a history of supporting high level athletes from a range of sports and helping them to manage their academic and sporting commitments. It is a great achievement for the college to be awarded TASS Duel Career Accreditation, as this highlights the importance we place on supporting student athletes to achieve not only sporting but academic excellence as well.”


Bath College will be an important asset to the network that have already partnered with TASS, delivering core support services to more than 600 student-athletes each year. These support services include physiotherapy, nutrition, lifestyle support, psychology strength and conditioning and a private medical scheme. In addition, the academic flexibility policies may mean these students have the opportunity to access online resources, able to arrange catch up sessions with teaching staff, or even reschedule deadlines or exam dates in exceptional circumstances.


For Bath College, the recognition of becoming a TASS Dual Career Accredited Site is expected to be hugely beneficial by attracting a greater number of talented athletes and building connections with other local sporting institutions.


TASS National Director, Guy Taylor, said: “We’re delighted to be awarding TASS Dual Career Accreditation to colleges and universities across England. We hope that the academic flexibility policies put into place for the Accreditation will begin to develop an effective and lasting dual career structure within each institution. Congratulations to the successful institutions and we look forward to working alongside many more outstanding colleges and universities in the near future.”



Bath College announces new Chair of Corporation


Bath College is delighted to announce the recruitment of Professor Andy Salmon as the new Chair of their Corporation. He will take over this voluntary leadership role from Carole Stott OBE, who has held this role since January 2014.


Professor Salmon is a highly experienced leader in higher and further education. He is Pro Vice Chancellor for External Relations at Bath Spa University and has a background working across the College and University sector nationally and
internationally as well as leading on community initiatives.


Bath College Principal, Laurel Penrose, said, ‘Andy will be a real asset to our board, bringing a wealth of experience to the College, at a key time for the region as we begin recovery from the Covid pandemic and when addressing local needs that are central to the wellbeing of our community. At the same time, we want to acknowledge the excellent leadership and decisive, inclusive approach to governance, which Carole has provided in her years at the helm. She will be very much missed, and always a friend to the College.’


Andy Salmon said, ‘I am thrilled to be taking up this post, and to be able to contribute to the inclusive agenda across Bath and North East Somerset. Bath College is a lynchpin of educational success and aspiration in the region; its role is essential upskilling, reskilling and innovating for our collective working future


Important information about Return to College – January 2021


*Updated 18/01/2021*




Due to the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4th January 2021, there will be no face-to-face teaching until further notice.  Following the DfE’s announcement yesterday (06/01/2021), the College has been considering the best course of action regarding January examinations. We have made the decision to cancel any examinations after 7th January in order to ensure the safety of our staff and students.  While we can put in place mitigations on site and keep students and staff safe there, however we feel that the risk of travelling into College is too high.


If your young person has  examinations or controlled assessments after the 7th January they will not take place.  When we are informed of awarding body arrangements for alternatives, we will let you know.  In the meantime, please ask your young person to  focus on current learning and staying safe. If you have any questions around the examinations please contact me directly  or email covid@bathcollege.ac.uk.


Safe Space will be open from Wednesday 6th January at 11am on both campuses.  If you think you need it, contact your link in Student Welfare, Inclusion or on covid@bathcollege.ac.uk


Read our Remote Education Offer HERE


We will update this page of our website as we receive more information


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