Fiona Larden

The first woman to lead Fircroft, Fiona worked closely with other residential colleges and organised high profile celebrations of our Centenary. During her time as Principal, Fircroft was graded “Outstanding” by Ofsted and became a Beacon College. Fiona secured the funding for our Oak Tree Centre classrooms which have subsequently enabled the college to grow. Fiona loved teaching, trained a generation of trainers and demonstrated a personal commitment in her work with community partners and projects. Fiona lived on site and saw Fircroft as a family. Her long career included Guidance and Higher Education, and her wider impact was recognised by the award of an OBE for services to Adult Education.