High Sheriff is ‘mightily impressed’ by college facilities

Published: April 5, 2021

Shropshire’s outgoing High Sheriff chose Telford College as the final official visit of her term.

Dean Harris, who attended the campus with her consort Mark, had planned to visit earlier in her year, but had to postpone due to Covid-19 restrictions.

She said: “I was mightily impressed by the state-of-the-art facilities – there is a lot of college packed into the space.

High Sheriff at Telford College

High Sheriff at Telford College

“We had a tour of the whole campus and met staff and students from engineering, catering, sports, the VR suite, 7th Form and art.

“With over 2,000 full time students, plus part-time and apprentices, and 500 staff it was good to hear not just about academic achievements but also safeguarding, staff and student welfare, students having a voice, links to employers, and being work-ready.”

The High Sheriff was shown round the college by principal and chief executive Graham Guest, and Susan Alder, director of student services and marketing.

She said she was impressed by the special educational needs provision at the college, and the safeguarding structure which was in place.

“It’s easy to see why students feel valued; there’s obviously lots of fantastic opportunities and a very good atmosphere,” she said.

The High Sheriff said it was also good to hear about ‘the exciting plans and vision’ for Telford College’s role in the new Station Quarter, in the heart of the town centre.