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Lewisham College has announced the appointment of a new Principal, marking an exciting new era for the institution.

Asfa Sohail, who was previously Vice Principal of Havering College of Further and Higher Education, took up the post of Principal of Lewisham College on 4 February.

The appointment comes at a period of positive change for the College. Formerly part of Lewisham Southwark College, Lewisham College recently separated to be a stand-alone institution – a move aimed at enabling it to tailor its curriculum to meet the specific needs of the communities the College serves. This followed its merger with NCG, one of the UK’s leading providers of training and education, in 2017.

With a wealth of experience in further education, and a track record of driving innovation and success, Asfa will be focused on forging partnerships and ensuring that Lewisham and Deptford residents continue to receive the best possible educational offer.

She said: “I am delighted to be joining Lewisham College at such an important time in its evolution. I strongly believe that education is for everyone, and I look forward to working with the local community to ensure that our offering helps school leavers and adults to fulfil their career ambitions.”

Peter Lauener, Chair of NCG, commented: “Our aim is to offer excellent opportunities for our students, and having the right people in key positions is vital to ensure that happens.”

John Litchfield, Chair of the Lewisham and Southwark College Board, said: “I’m really looking forward to working with Asfa to bring positive change to Lewisham College. She has had a very successful career so far and we’re delighted that she has decided to continue it with us. She brings with her fresh perspectives, lots of great ideas and imagination – and an infectious can-do attitude.”

Lewisham College is one of the best in the capital, ranked 4th in London and in the top 10% nationally in the latest Department of Education tables*. Offering a huge range of work-based courses across a wide variety of subjects, it has excellent success rates, with 100 per cent of students achieving their qualifications in many subject areas.


*Rankings relate to Lewisham Southwark College.

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