Proud Stokie lands top job running Stoke sixth form college with 1,573 students

A new principal has been appointed by the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College. Lesley Morrey, who has more than 30 years of management experience, has just completed her first week in charge after leaving her post as director of student engagement and partnerships at Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group.

She holds a degree from Staffordshire University and recently completed an MBA at Keele University. Born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, Lesley also lives in the city with her husband and adult son.

She said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as principal at City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College. I am committed to working closely with our staff, governors, and stakeholders to provide impactful and responsive post-16 education that enhances the future careers and prospects of our young people. It is my sincere belief that by nurturing exceptional talent, we can empower our students to become influential leaders and innovators in their communities.”

The college – on Leek Road, in Stoke – serves 1,573 students and employs 122 staff. The college offers 40 A Levels, 10 BTECs, seven GCSEs, 10 T Levels, and a Degree Foundation Year Programme.

It is part of the Potteries Education Trust (PET), set up in 2017, which also includes Biddulph High School, Moorside High School, and Werrington Primary School.

PET chief executive Heather McLachlan said: “We are thrilled to welcome Lesley Morrey to the City of Stoke-on- Trent Sixth Form College. Her extensive experience and unwavering commitment to student success make her an invaluable addition to our educational community. I have no doubt that under her leadership, learners will continue to thrive, receiving the highest quality of education and widest range of opportunities and experiences.”

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