‘Inspiring’ principal to leave top class college
ROCHDALE Sixth Form College principal Julian Appleyard is to step down next year.
Mr Appleyard oversaw the opening of the college in 2010 and has been the driving force behind it becoming one of the most successful sixth forms in the country.
He is leaving to take up a role in his home town as CEO of the Pontefract Academies Trust.
Mr Appleyard said, “It has been an enormous privilege to have led Rochdale Sixth Form College.
“It seems a long time since 2009 when I walked on to what was only a building site back then.
“It has been a tremendous eight years and my decision to move on a very difficult one for me as I have a real affinity for the borough.
“The development of the college from a hole in the ground to the reputation the college has nationally and locally makes me immensely proud.”
Dame Pam Coward, Chair of the Trust Board said, “It is with a mix of very deep sadness and extreme gratitude that the Board of Trustees announces Julian’s departure.
“The Board is thankful for his eight years of service and inspirational leadership. Since 2009, as Founding Principal of Rochdale Sixth Form College, and more recently as the Executive Principal, the College has enjoyed enormous success, and he has led a simply remarkable transformation in turnaround for post 16 achievement in the Borough.
“While we will miss him, we wish him the best of luck in his new role as the CEO of the Pontefract Academies Trust. We want to thank him for the 8 years of dedicated service.”
Since opening the college has gained a glowing reputation. It was the only institution to have gone from being a new build to gaining an outstanding Ofsted grade at the first inspection.
Over the last four years the college also has topped the Department for Education performance tables for A-level progress.
Mr Appleyard, awarded the OBE for services to education in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, paid tribute to his staff adding: “I am fortunate to have worked with remarkable colleagues who are so committed to improving the life chances of young people in the borough.
“The college success story is a wonderful narrative and I have no doubt the college will go on to even more success in the future.”
Mr Appleyard, who will stand down in February, will be replaced by Tom Fay, current head of college.
Dame Pam added: “The board have every confidence in Tom and he has a growing reputation for his teaching and learning work.
“Foremost in the mind of the board is to safeguard our excellent standards and the reputation of the college.
“This is our priority whilst preserving the culture and stability of what is a highly effective organisation.”
●●Julian Appleyard (from left) inspecting building works as the college took shape, welcoming Lord Michael Grade and celebrating receiving his OBE
●●Julian Appleyard (inset) is stepping down after eight years as principal of Rochdale Sixth Form College