Phil Mark appointed as Principal of Leeds Sixth Form

We are delighted to share the appointment of our new Principal of Leeds Sixth Form: Phil Mark. 

Phil has 20 years of experience across higher education, further education and sixth form colleges and we are delighted to welcome him to lead the success of our sixth form provision. 

Across his career, he has specialised in sixth form college education, most recently at Ashton Sixth Form College. His teaching experience includes English Language, Literature, Philosophy and Religious Studies and he has taught and led at every level from sub-entry to taught MA. 

Phil most recently worked for Kirklees Council as Head of Post-16 and Progression, leading on education relationships and quality, adult and community learning, school and college volunteering, and careers education, information, advice and guidance.

Phil brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of and passion for the further education sector.

Phil commented: 

“I want to ensure that the voice of staff and students is always central in developing future plans, and I look forward to working with you all to further develop a fantastic learning environment.”

We caught up with Phil to find out more about him as he settles in at Park Lane campus and college life.

What’s your career highlight?

My career highlight is my recent development of supported internships in Kirklees, bringing new job training and skills opportunities to young people with a range of special educational needs and disabilities. This programme was mentioned in an Early Day motion in parliament and has led to great opportunities for young people with SEND. It has been incredibly rewarding and I hope to bring this commitment to inclusivity to the new role.

What are your passions outside of work?

Outside of work, I enjoy running and I have a passion for – though not necessarily great skills in – cooking. Family is very important to me and I have a two-year-old daughter Maisie, and now spend a lot of time reading The Gruffalo.

What’s your favourite thing about sixth form provision? 

My passion for sixth form education stems from my own experiences in Sixth Form – notably an incredible enrichment trip to Stratford-upon-Avon which set me on a path to research and lecture in Shakespeare.

Most of all, I am passionate about the power of sixth form education to provide great opportunities and impart a love for – and expertise in – a range of subjects to learners from all walks of life.

What are you looking forward to the most? 

I am looking forward to working with colleagues who share my passion for Sixth Form education and helping to build an inclusive environment where all learners can thrive. I am particularly looking forward to seeing learners supported to make great progress, and working with teachers who feel confident to be innovative and effective in the classroom. 

We wish Phil a warm welcome to the group and every success in the role.