A former student of Huddersfield Technical College who overcame dyslexia to gain a degree has stepped up to the top job at Kirklees College.

June Durrant, who studied A-level biology at the college, has been appointed acting principal following the retirement of Peter McCann, who left Kirklees College in August after five years in the role.

In her second year studying teacher training at the University of Huddersfield she was identified as dyslexic – a turning point from which she says she has never looked back.

She has worked in further education for 30 years, spending 18 years at Bradford College before joining Kirklees College 12 years ago.

She said: “I truly believe further education prepares people for the realities of work and the independence of mind for further, higher level study. I really want to use my time as acting principal to build on the great work Peter McCann did to put the college at the heart of the community.”