Sixth form stalwart to retire after 22 years

Helen Gibson, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, and Jeff Chadd, who is retiring from his role as Assistant Principal and Head of Sixth Form

An education leader has spoken of his pride at working in such an ‘inspirational learning environment’ as he prepares to retire.

Jeff Chadd says Barrow Sixth Form College has given thousands of young people the best chance to succeed in their future careers.

Assistant Principal and Head of Sixth Form Mr Chadd will hand over to another experienced educational professional Mark Nicholson, Deputy Principal, Curriculum and Quality at Furness College, who will be assuming the responsibility of Head of Sixth Form, working closely with Helen Gibson, Deputy Head of Sixth Form.

Barrow Sixth Form College merged with Furness College a year ago and Mr Chadd said the college has gone from strength to strength with additional investment in the facilities at Rating Lane.

During his time at Barrow Sixth Form College, Mr Chadd has worked as a languages teacher and former Deputy Principal, before being appointed Head of Sixth Form in 2016 following the merger.

In recent years, Mr Chadd has played a key role in ensuring the success of the merger, and securing a ‘Good with Outstanding features’ rating from Ofsted in 2015.

During Mr Chadd’s tenure as Head of Sixth Form, Barrow Sixth Form has been ranked in the top quarter of schools and colleges nationally for the progress students make at A Level, relative to their GCSE grades.

Mr Chadd said: “It has been a privilege to be Assistant Principal and Head of Sixth Form at Barrow Sixth Form College and I am very proud of everything that students and staff have achieved over the past two decades.

“There have been a number of highlights during my time at the college, but I am particularly proud of the 2016 ‘value-added’ Alps report, which highlighted the excellent progress students make at A Level at Barrow Sixth Form, placing the college in the top 25% nationally.

“Playing a role in the college’s merger has been a positive note on which to end my career, ensuring that Barrow retains the high-quality post-16 academic provision which the young people of this area so richly deserve.

“Because of the financial stability the merger has brought, our curriculum offer continues to meet the needs of young people, adults and employers in the area and secures the future of this inspirational learning environment.

“It has been a pleasure to work with so many dedicated, talented and passionate colleagues over the years.

“With an experienced management team and the expertise of our specialist sixth form staff, I know Barrow Sixth Form College will continue to go from strength to strength and our students will continue to achieve great things.”

After graduating from the University of Sheffield in 1980 with a degree in French and German with Spanish, Mr Chadd gained his PCGE at St Martin’s College.

His career in education began in Harrogate Grammar School teaching French and PE, and he later relocated to Cumbria to become Head of Modern Languages at Cartmel Priory CofE School. Mr Chadd was Head of French at Ulverston Victoria High School before being appointed Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Barrow Sixth Form College in 1995.

He was later promoted to Director of Teaching, Learning and Quality and Deputy Principal, before taking on the role of Assistant Principal and Head of Sixth Form.

At Barrow Sixth Form, Mr Chadd has been able to share his passion for languages with his students with regular trips to France to allow them to experience French culture and develop their language skills.

His expertise has also ensured the college has maintained a reputation for academic excellence with high levels of student satisfaction.

Andrew Wren, Principal and Chief Executive of Furness College, said: “I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Jeff for the commitment he has shown to the college, both before and after the merger.

“Jeff’s experience and skills have enabled the merger to take place smoothly, ensuring excellent standards of post-16 teaching and a high-quality learning environment for students at our specialist sixth form campus.

“On behalf of everyone at Furness College, I would like to wish Jeff all the best in his retirement. I know that he will be missed both professionally and personally.”

Jeff Chadd will retire from the college on Tuesday 19th December after 22 years at the Rating Lane campus.

From January 2018, Mark Nicholson, Deputy Principal, Curriculum and Quality, will be assuming the responsibility of Head of Sixth Form.

Mr Nicholson has held the role of Deputy Principal, Curriculum and Quality since 2009, having first joined Furness College as a Lecturer in Engineering in 1987.

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