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THE head of City of Bris­tol Col­lege is step­ping down from the role after three years.

Lee Probert, who will leave at the end of May 2019, is tak­ing up a job as prin­ci­pal and chief ex­ec­u­tive at York Col­lege.

Mr Probert said the de­ci­sion was “dif­fi­cult” but he had de­cided to take the op­por­tu­nity to live closer to his fam­ily.

He said: “I have spent the past three years here, work­ing with col­leagues, part­ners and our stu­dents on mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments to the col­lege’s qual­ity and fi­nan­cial per­for­mance, en­sur­ing that com­mu­ni­ties of the city of Bris­tol have ac­cess to a strong col­lege that they de­serve.

“Along­side this we have con­tin­ued to build on our strong links with lo­cal em­ploy­ers through our ap­pren­tice­ship and work-based train­ing pro­vi­sion and to de­velop a cur­ricu­lum which re­ally re­sponds to the needs of the city.”

“I am truly go­ing to miss peo­ple - the sup­port­ive staff, their col­lec­tive en­ergy and pas­sion for ed­u­cat­ing both young and ma­ture peo­ple.”

Mr Probert will be work­ing with the col­lege’s board on find­ing a re­place­ment over the next few weeks and said he is plan­ning to “work closely” with his suc­ces­sor as part of the han­dover.

The col­lege has al­ready be­gun its search for a new head and is ex­pected to make the ap­point­ment by the end of Fe­bru­ary.

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