ELMWOOD College principal Jim Crooks has paid tribute to staff whose ‘patience and professionalism’ has helped sustain the college through a ‘demanding’ year.
Speaking at the college’s annual awards ceremony, Mr Crooks said that restructuring had led to the loss of a number of staff members, some of whom had served Elmwood for decades.
“When cuts are imposed upon us, it is individuals who sadly pay the price and we are so sorry that these colleagues will be leaving us,” he said.
“But we have many staff who remain with us and they along with me want to pay tribute to colleagues and to thank them for their example and their hard work over so many years.
“I want to say a very big thank you to all staff – past and present - for their patience, their professionalism and their hard work in 2010-11. They always put learners first.”
Mr Crooks went on to say that budget cuts would mean the curriculum would have to be streamlined again next year, but pledged that the college would do everything it could to ensure that it would remain relevant to job opportunities both locally and nationally.
He warned that the college also faced a further £1 million in cuts, but said that a plan had been agreed that would see it operate within a balanced budget again so that it could remain financially sustainable.
Mr Crooks told the audience that the college was awaiting the formal report from HMIe following an inspection in April, but revealed that the review had been successful.
He said: “I can assure you that Elmwood continues to provide a quality learning experience and I am confident that our quality journey has not stopped – and I believe that the partnership between teachers and learners produces the success that we have on show today.
“We have so much to be proud of and today is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate success – well done to all our award winners.”