Students will suffer as cuts continue says college head

Pauline Hagen, Principal of NEW College, Pontefract.
Pauline Hagen, Principal of NEW College, Pontefract.

Pontefract NEW College principal Pauline Hagen fears funding cuts to sixth form colleges will soon start to impact on students’ education.

Education secretary Michael Gove announced last week that £100m would be cut from the education budget. But after three years of cuts at the college, Ms Hagen fears youngsters will soon notice an effect if they continue.

Ms Hagen said: “It’s been very hard but we have done our best to protect front line teaching. There is only so long you can go on cutting and cutting before it starts to have an impact on students.”

Ms Hagen was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme following Mr Gove’s speech.

Shortly after being appointed in 2011 Ms Hagen was asked to slash the budget by £900,000.

The college was forced to drop the German A-level course in 2011.

She added: “The next few years will be very difficult but our performance has gone up year on year so I’m confident that will continue.

“I think the students feel they have got a good deal at our college but they watch the news and are aware of the cuts.”