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BLC Principal LenWelcome to the Principal’s Blog. My name is Len Tildsley and I am Principal of Buxton & Leek College.

I have worked in the Further Education sector since September 1983. Although I work in Buxton and Leek, I live in Stoke On Trent, the city where I was born.

I will be posting as regularly as I can about the goings on in and around our College campuses. From time to time I will also include my thoughts on what is happening in the local areas and the wider education sector, especially when it affects our students or prospective students.

You can also access my Twitter feed through this page, which I use to highlight good news and interesting information that I come across over the course of my work. I hope that you will find this blog interesting so please check back here soon to read my next post.


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    2017/18 is well and truly under way!

    I am writing this while the College is currently on our first half-term break. This is probably the most important half-term in the annual calendar as it provides a point to take stock of everything that has happened so far since the year commenced in September. Each year there is a 42-day period where changes…


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    Summer Months

    On the face of things, colleges might appear to be quiet places during the mid-summer months.  In reality, the notion of a college ‘closing down’ for the summer is something that only lives in the memories of those who, like me, have worked in the sector for more than 25 years.  The gap between the…


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    Technical & Professional Education

      Halfway through the Summer Term and the further education sector continues to be pretty eventful! Making sense of the changes that have recently been announced is quite challenging, as the latest changes published regarding technical education post-16 come on top of the changes already in play for Apprenticeships. There is no doubt that, as…


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    From the Principal

    Thank you for reading this first entry on our new ‘Principal’s Blog’. I will be posting as regularly as I can about the goings on in and around our College campuses.  From time to time I will also include my thoughts on what is happening in the local areas and the wider education sector, especially…