City College Norwich’s principal awarded OBE
27th December 2019
Corrienne Peasgood, the Principal of City College Norwich, has been recognised with an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2020 New Year Honours list. The award recognises the contribution she has made as an inspirational role model and leader, creating a truly inclusive college whilst making an outstanding contribution to Safeguarding and construction skills in the region.
From college lecturer to principal
Ms Peasgood joined City College Norwich in 1997 as a lecturer in plumbing. In 2012, she was appointed as Principal of the college which today has around 8,300 students (which includes young people, adult learners, Apprentices and Higher Education students). Currently, one in four 16 to 19-year-olds in Norfolk study at the college.
An inclusive, dynamic, high-performing college
City College Norwich has gone from strength to strength under Ms Peasgood’s leadership. In addition to impressive achievement rates across a wide range of subjects, from construction to childcare, the college continues to work closely with employers to ensure its curriculum and facilities provide students with the skills and experience they need for their future careers.
The college has worked with partners to stay at the forefront in meeting the region’s skills needs – whether through providing aviation engineering training at the pioneering International Aviation Academy Norwich, in being selected as one of the first colleges in the country to deliver the new T Levels from September, or in its successful bid for £6.1m funding from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership for an inspirational new building focused on skills for the digital industries.
While the college’s offer and facilities have been continually developing in recent years, its inclusive ethos has remained a key constant. Students with profound learning difficulties learn alongside degree students in a diverse and inclusive community, in which the support for those with High Needs is recognised by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’.
The many strengths of the college under Ms Peasgood’s leadership have resulted in it being asked to play an even greater role in further and higher education in Norfolk – through a merger with Paston Sixth Form College, in 2017, and its forthcoming merger with Easton College.
Contributions to safeguarding and construction skills
As well as overseeing the development of City College Norwich, Ms Peasgood has also made significant contributions to education and skills in the region. She has extended her huge commitment to Safeguarding within the college to benefit all students across Norfolk, by being actively involved on County Safeguarding groups and as Vice Chair of the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership Board for Norfolk.
Ms Peasgood has also drawn on her vast experience of training in construction to make a significant and lasting contribution to the development of construction skills in the New Anglia region as Skills lead for the LEP’s Building Growth group.
Corrienne Peasgood, Principal of City College Norwich, said:
I feel hugely honoured to receive this award. It points to what can be achieved through collaboration, teamwork, and inclusiveness – and to the importance of removing our institutional hats, from time to time, and working out together what is right for students or for a particular sector.
The strengths we have as a college are the result of having a fantastic team who all share the same commitment to making a difference for students. The amazing opportunities we are able to give our students are, in turn, only possible thanks to the brilliant team of employers and partner organisations we are so fortunate to have here in Norfolk.
Andrew Barnes, Chair of City College Norwich Corporation, commented:
I am absolutely delighted that Corrienne’s huge contribution, not just to our college, but to education and skills in the region, has received this richly-deserved recognition. Corrienne’s dynamic vision and leadership have enabled City College Norwich to be the high-performing college which our learners, employers and community need us to be. She has fostered a culture and set of values in which ambition and inclusion are fused so that every student and staff member is supported to thrive and excel, no matter what their background.