Yolanda Botham - Long Road Sixth Form College

Name: Yolanda Botham
Name and type of college: Long Road Sixth Form College

History of organisation: Long Road is a large, inclusive sixth form college of 2,300+ learners &196 staff on

one site in Cambridge. The college provides a rich curriculum (A levels. Applied, both L2 & 3, GCSE’s). Approximately 45% of qualification entries are for A level, 40% for Applied Level 3. Students are able to mix A Levels and Applied General courses.  Significant numbers of students at Level 3 retake Maths and/or English GCSE. We also have a small cohort of Level 4 Foundation Art students. We have engaged with the introduction of T levels and achieved the placement targets for our Health & Social Care students.

The college recruits students from 122 feeder schools across all 6 LA’s in the Greater Cambridgeshire and Greater Peterborough region plus Bedfordshire, Suffolk and Essex. Whilst Cambridge city is an economically growing area with little unemployment, some surrounding regions have pockets of severe deprivation and poor social mobility. The college recruits large numbers of students from postcode areas with lower educational outcomes (Peterborough, Huntingdon, Fenland, Haverhill) and is in the NEACO highest classification for eligibility to the HE access programme.

Our recent Ofsted short inspection (December 2019) has rated Long Road as good. 

Experience to draw from: I have 18 years’ experience as a senior leader, 10 as Principal.  I have worked in a range of very different post-16 institutions (leafy, costal and urban) in sixth form colleges and GFE, learning much from each. I have held both curriculum and pastoral senior leadership posts. I have taught A level, BTEC, GCSE and undergraduate programmes. I have led a wide variety of complex projects (including significant quality improvement) that have required clear leadership, an ability to motivate others and lots of resilience when the inevitable problems occur.

Prior to my appointment as Principal of Long Road in Cambridge (Jan 2018) I was the founding Principal of Lowestoft Sixth Form College (2010). In that role, I learnt to combine a strategic vision with operational effectiveness to establish a college completely from scratch. Lowestoft was rated OFSTED Good in 2017. Following the ABR process I led the college through initial merger processes, much due diligence, negotiations with interested parties and staff and public consultations. I have a strong track record of sound financial management evidenced by published accounts for both Lowestoft & Long Road (10 million turnover).

I have worked with many different, Boards, Chairs & Clerks and value these critical relationships.

I am able to support you with:


I would be very happy to listen and act as a sounding board for anyone that would find this helpful, particularly for those colleagues new in post who may want to talk through a project/issue outside their immediate contacts. Sometime we just need a little reassurance or an alternative perspective.

Key areas of support:

  • Culture / HR,
  • Strategic development & implementation,
  • Quality improvement,
  • Financial management,
  • Governance.


Contact information:

Email: ybotham@longroad.ac.uk