New leader at crisis college

happy: Nick Burnham
happy: Nick Burnham
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A new boss is set to take over the helm at Preston’s Cardinal Newman College.

The appointment of Nick Burnham as principal comes a year after former principal Steve Pegg and his deputy Lynne Caddick resigned following allegations of “bullying and harassment.”

The Lark Hill college was the subject of major staff revolt which saw the pair suspended in May.

After a brief interlude Sid Hughes and Bernie Borland, were appointed temporary principals.

The controversy did little to the school’s academic standing and this year’s league tables confirmed its place, again, as the top college of its kind with 100% of students getting three or more A levels with 71% of results across all subjects achieving high grades A* to B.

Last summer Newman’s travel and tourism department was officially declared the best course in the country.

Mr Burnham is currently at Carmel College, in St Helens, also an ‘outstanding’ college, where he has been vice principal for the last nine years.

He takes up his new post in September but over the next few months will be working closely with the co-interim principals. 

Nick said he was “pleased and privileged to be appointed principal of such a high achieving institution”.

He added that outstanding colleges such as Cardinal Newman and Carmel provide the best opportunities for young people in terms of education, social, moral and spiritual development.