Two principals with over 60 years’ experience in education are set to take over the running of Hartlepool Sixth Form College.
Trevor Wray and Dr Stephan Jungnitz have stepped up to the helm as the organisation prepares for a planned merger with Sunderland College.
The sixth form college, which currently has more than 850 students, saw its former principal Mo Bunter leave to take up a new position at the beginning of April, and the two leaders have stepped in to ensure the college has continuity and guidance over what is set to be a critical summer.
Mr Wray, who is principal of Grimsby-based Franklin College which last year achieved outstanding A-level results and a 99% pass rate, has been seconded to an interim position as chief executive of the college and will work alongside Mr Jungnitz, who has been appointed as interim principal at the Brinkburn site.
Father-of-one Mr Wray, who is taking on the role on a part-time basis, said: “I’m delighted to support Hartlepool Sixth Form College, alongside Stephan, as the college prepares to move forward with plans for a merger.
“As the chair of the Federation of Northern Sixth Form Colleges (NorVIc) I want to make sure that Hartlepool retains its excellent sixth form college, which I know is highly valued by young people and their families in the area.
“This is a really exciting chapter for the college, and will need strong strategic direction, so the combined skills of myself and Stephan will ensure the best possible outcome for young people in Hartlepool.”
Dr Jungnitz said: “Brinkburn is a really special space – I don’t think I have seen a more impressive learning environment.
“And the people of Hartlepool deserve the best – that’s what Trevor and I are here to secure for them as we move ahead with a merger.”
Hartlepool Sixth Form College and Sunderland College have just concluded a public consultation process about their planned merger, which bosses argue would create a “super-institution” for education and secure financial stability for Hartlepool Sixth Form College and its Brinkburn campus.
If governors give the merger the green light, it is expected that the Sixth Form will become part of Sunderland College group by August.
Jonathan Brash, chairman of the board of governors at Hartlepool Sixth Form, added: “Trevor and Stephan will jointly lead the college, on an interim basis until the merger consultation and subsequent planning is concluded.
“I’m pleased for the college that we have managed to recruit two highly experienced individuals to keep a steady hand on the helm.”