Patricia Twyman, the first female principal has sadly died aged 75 at the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch on 15th June.

Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 12.20.33Originally from Bewdley, Mrs Twyman made history in January 1986 by becoming the first female Principal in the Midlands when she was appointed at Bournville College.

In Bournville College’s 1988 history book she wrote. “I found it almost beyond belief when I was offered the post of Principal….at the time it seemed unlikely that a woman Principal would be appointed.”

Bournville College spokes person said “Mrs Twyman was an inspirational leader, passionate about education and especially inclusivity. She worked tirelessly to give opportunities to all students and embraced the philosophy of ‘many chances’ and the concept of lifelong learning which became one of the key foundations of Bournville College. She retired in 2002.”

Gail Edwards, Mrs Twyman’s personal assistant, who still works at the College, said she was very fortunate to work for her. “Pat was a larger than life character, an amazing educator, who really cared about the students and staff. She will be sorely missed.”

Funeral arrangements: Requiem Mass at St. Wulstan’s Church, Stourport-on-Severn 11.30am on Friday July 1st.

Family flowers only, donations for Macmillan Nurses, cheques payable to B. Ince, Bank House, 8 Severn Side South, Bewdley, DY12 2DX. Enquiries tel: 01299 403105.

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