Paul James

Director of Curriculum and Quality

Paul James

Paul joined City of Bristol College as Director of Curriculum and Quality in December 2020. Most recently, Paul worked for Ofsted as a Her Majesty’s Inspector of Further Education and skills, leading inspections on colleges, independent training providers and community learning organisations. Before joining Ofsted, Paul held senior leadership roles in further education, including Deputy Principal.

Paul is a University of Cambridge alumni holding an undergraduate degree in Music as well as master’s degrees in Music and Arts Culture and Education.

In the late 1990s, Paul spent three years in London, working as recruitment consultant in the financial services and catering industries, before training as a secondary school music teacher. After four years in secondary schools, Paul moved into other education settings and has worked in further education, special school, initial teacher training and higher education.

Paul lives with his wife and Labrador, neither of who share his love of 80s synth pop.

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