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'I never wanted to stop learning', says new Stafford College Principal Beverly Smith

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

By Sarah Marshall

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WHERE WERE YOU BORN

Cleethorpes. My childhood was delightful. I was a very lucky child. I had lots of opportunities. I did horse riding, dancing, performing arts and singing and was very interested in science and wildlife.

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

My main memories are of being at the seaside, which I loved.

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WHAT WERE YOUR AMBITIONS THEN

I always wanted to entertain and perform and was very people orientated. I took the traditional route of doing A levels but was very much involved in entertainment and performance. I was also very community focused and helped out with charities.

CAREER

When I first left college I ran my own business, a consultancy acting as a platform for north west playwrights. We used to perform the work of up and coming writers, which was great fun and we did some unusual work. We also did some filming and worked with the British Film Institute. But I always continued to study. I have never wanted to stop learning.

WHAT SPARKED THE MOVE INTO EDUCATION?

I made a choice to apply to work in education as a theatre school designer and manager. It was a really exciting way into education and once in I realised I had found my forte. The bug bit me and I wanted to stay and engage further. I have done a lot of exciting things and had great fun. What is so important is to continue to grow and develop yourself and continue to be innovative and excited about learning. That is what inspires me about education. It is about encouraging people to be the best they can be rather than just OK.

WHAT ARE YOUR AMBITIONS?

I take up my post at Stafford College in February and I am looking forward to getting started.

I want Stafford College to be on the map. It has got great potential to be the schools provider for Stafford and Staffordshire.

I am keen to see it grow. There are a lot of links between business and education and I want to see that continuing. The college already works with businesses such as the Francesco Group and I am keen to build further on those links. Education is important as it provides support for business and the economy.

There are also some amazing facilities here, which the whole community can use.

Steve Willis has really done an excellent job at Stafford. He has built a really good team which is a real credit to him. I am honoured and pleased to take forward what he has started and take it to the next stage.

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