OBE for our Chair of Directors
The Blackpool Sixth community was delighted by the news released on Saturday that our chair of directors, John Boyle, has received an OBE in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours list.
John who has been a member of the governing body at Blackpool Sixth for fifteen years, including 14 years as chair, has been recognised for services to education.
During his time as chair the college has undergone a remarkable period of growth and academic success. The college estate has been transformed through a multi-stage £29 million development programme. The college achieved Ofsted Outstanding status and its high pass rates and value-added scores now place it firmly amongst the top sixth form providers in the country.
John said the honour is “very surprising and very humbling.” He added, “It has been very rewarding being part of the exceptional team at Blackpool Sixth in its journey to outstanding and reaching the upper echelon of colleges in the country. We are also very proud to be the number one in terms of value-added for A level and BTEC in the Fylde Coast.
It has been very fulfilling to see the success of students from Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre and beyond who have passed through the college on their way to yet higher achievement.”
In recent years the scope of John’s involvement in the world of education has widened rapidly with him taking on the role of chair for the Fylde Coast Teaching School and the Fylde Coast Academy Trust family of schools.
His expertise in governance has also led him to be appointed to the voluntary role of National Leader of Governance and he has been selected as an adviser to the national Further Education Commissioner. In this capacity he has visited seventy-four sixth form colleges as part of the Area Based Review process and has worked with many others. He undertakes external reviews of governance and provides support and consultancy to college boards through periods of improvement, change or difficulty.
“I have really enjoyed being able to observe examples of great practice around the country and have relished bringing those back to our community as well, of course, as sharing our experiences of success to help inspire other colleges.”
John, who hails originally from Liverpool, worked for many years in the banking and finance industry.
The investiture will be held either at Windsor Castle or Buckingham Palace later this year.