[A]n experienced education professional will lead Barrow Sixth Form College as it moves into an exciting new era as part of the merger with Furness College.
Jeff Chadd has been appointed Assistant Principal – Head of Sixth Form and will manage the Rating Lane site. He has worked at the sixth form for 22 years teaching languages and is the former deputy principal.
The merger has seen the two colleges form one partnership but operate across the two campuses – Channelside and Rating Lane – with both retaining their separate sites and identities.
Under the new executive team structure for the merged college, Mark Nicholson takes up the role of Deputy Principal – Curriculum & Quality while John Smith is Deputy Principal – Finance & Resources.
Speaking about his appointment Jeff said: “I’m delighted to be appointed to this role and continue the excellent work that has been done to create such a high-quality and inspirational learning environment here in Barrow.
“The sixth form has just celebrated its best-ever pass rate with 99.1 per cent of our students passing and securing the grades they need for next steps to university and careers and more than half securing the top A*, A and B grades.
“Under a merged college we have the opportunity to expand the curriculum to keep pace with what students and employers are looking for and my aim will be to strengthen that offer to ensure we best meet the needs of young people, adults and employers through excellent education and skills training.”
Principal and Chief Executive Andrew Wren said: “Jeff is a well-respected education leader with a vast knowledge of sixth form and his appointment will provide continuity for the Rating Lane campus. We are very pleased to have him, Mark and John on the team as we combine our expertise to develop the curriculum to offer an unrivalled education route to help people achieve their aspirations.”
Furness College and Barrow Sixth Form College merged last month in a move backed by the Government under its recent area review. It received broad support from the public and key stakeholders in a public consultation.
The board of governors will also reflect the breadth of the merged college with four governors from the sixth form moving onto the new board, which will hold its first meeting next month. There will also be three student posts to represent the Higher Education, vocational education and academic education it now offers.