Clare Russell – Runshaw College

Clare took up the post of Principal and Chief Executive at Runshaw College in August 2020, having joined the college in 2009.  Clare started her teaching career at King George V College Southport, in September 2000, as a teacher of Computer Science & ICT, quickly progressing to a Curriculum Manager role.  In 2009, Clare moved to Runshaw College as Head of School for Computing & ICT, teaching adults and 16-18 students from Levels 1 to 5.  After two years in that role, she was promoted to Assistant Principal and then Deputy Principal.

Passionate about the power of education to change lives, Clare has served as an Ofsted Inspector for several years and has also held senior roles with awarding organisations. She is a governing board member for a number of local schools and colleges.

Since its initial formation in 1974, Runshaw College has developed into one of the largest and most successful providers of 16-18 education in the country and it also serves the adult learners and employers within its local communities. The sixth form campus in Leyland offers a wide range of A Levels and vocational programmes whilst the Chorley campus provides a range of Adult FE and HE courses, and training for apprentices.

Runshaw has been an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ college for more than 25 years, and it has a national reputation for excellence. Its primary aims are to be a “great place to study” and a “great place to work”, as well as being a “great place for partnerships” with all representatives of the local community in Chorley and South Ribble. Learner outcomes are consistently outstanding in terms of attainment, added value and progression, and satisfaction levels at the college are extremely high from all key stakeholder groups, including students, staff and employers.