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A £90,000 job to revolutionise education in Suffolk is set to be re-advertised after no suitable candidates were found.

A £90,000 job to revolutionise education in Suffolk is set to be re-advertised after no suitable candidates were found.

Suffolk County Council were hoping to find a new principal for the £60million SWISS Centre, catering for 2,000 youngsters aged 16 to 19 - however none of the people who applied for the jobs were even offered an interview.

The original advert for the job, with a salary of £93,250, stated the authority was looking for “a committed visionary and inspirational individual” with experience of leadership.

It added: “This is a unique chance to shape learning and develop educational facilities and create a centre of excellence for students and the wider Suffolk community.”


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The council are now re-advertising the job and hope to hold interviews in the new year.

In a joint statement, Malcolm Alcock, chair of the SWISS Sixth Form Community College governing body and Allan Cadzow, Suffolk County Council's manager of the SWISS Centre project, said: “The post is to be re-advertised following a decision by the governors that we did not have enough suitably qualified candidates to carry out interviews.

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“The post will therefore be re-advertised on Friday, and we expect to hold interviews in early January 2009.”

The three-storey building is set to be built on land off London Road by September 2010. It will replace the existing post-16 education at Chantry, Claydon, Thurleston high schools, Westbourne Sports College and Belstead and Thomas Wolsey special schools.

The centre will be renamed by its pupils in time for the opening after the current name kicked up a fuss in Switzerland, forcing embassy officials to inform the council of their concerns.

What do you think of the SWISS Centre? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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