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.”


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