Birmingham’s adult learning head retires – seven years late

Sue Knottenbelt

Sue Knottenbelt

Sue Knottenbelt retired from her Vice Principal position at City College (now South and City College) in 2007, but a three month assignment with the Adult Education Service in 2008 turned into an unexpected second career. Sue became their Head of Curriculum and Quality and has been Head of Adult Learning since 2012.

Speaking at her retirement party, Sue said: “My years at Birmingham Adult Education Service have been amongst the happiest and most fulfilling of my professional life.

“I have been on a truly amazing journey with colleagues and I leave with the deepest admiration and respect for the work carried out by colleagues in the service.

“Our mission is to make a difference by providing excellent education and all the evidence shows that we do just that.

“People learn new skills and improve the quality of their lives which in turn has a huge knock on effect for their communities and the city as a whole.”

Cabinet member for Skills, Learning and Culture, Cllr Penny Holbrook, added: “Sue has overseen huge improvements to the service.

“Not only has Ofsted rated the service as Good in all aspects but our success rates have gone up by 16% in the last four years.