A library image of Jeanette Dawson and the QueenJeanette Dawson was awarded an OBE in 2010 © Lewis Whyld/PA Images

The principal of leading agricultural college Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire has stood down from her position.

Jeanette Dawson also resigned as chief executive at the weekend, with staff and students at the college, and satellite site Riseholme College in Lincolnshire, informed this week.

A spokesman for the college said it had been made aware of some allegations of mismanagement.

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“At this stage, the allegations have not been substantiated and it is not appropriate to comment further whilst enquiries are on-going,” they added.

Centre of excellence

Deputy principal Bill Meredith has been appointed acting chief executive and principal pending a permanent appointment by the board of governors.

Bishop Burton College is the only college in the UK to hold Centre of Vocational Excellence status in both agriculture and equine. It was awarded a “good” rating by Ofsted in February 2017.

More than 600 students study agriculture and related courses each year at the college which has a 360ha farm, split between arable and grassland for livestock including sheep, dairy and beef.

As well as agricultural studies, the colleges also offer courses in health and social care and sports-related subjects.

Ms Dawson was awarded an OBE in 2010 for her services to education.