The new principal of Chesterfield College has told of his pride at returning to his roots.
Stuart Cutforth, 60, who was born and bred in the town, studied at Chesterfield College after leaving school.
After three decades of working at colleges around the country, Mr Cutforth’s return to Chesterfield in the top job has left the former pit worker bursting with pride.
Mr Cutforth, of Temple Normanton, said: “I’ve come back to my roots and I couldn’t be happier.
“I’m truly humbled and delighted to be a part of this great college and to work alongside such a hardworking and talented group of staff.”
Mr Cutforth, who started working life at the National Coal Board as an apprentice electrician, said his ambition was to clinch ‘outstanding’ Ofsted status for Chesterfield College, which is currently deemed to be ‘good’.
“I want Chesterfield College to be the best and I want its students to be the best – that’s my ultimate dream,” he said.
Mr Cutforth said dwindling Government funding was the biggest challenge facing the college.
Meanwhile, builders have started work on a new classroom at the college.
The facility, opposite the college’s Infirmary Road campus, will house studies in building services including joinery and painting and decorating.
It is expected to open next September.
The first steel column of the classroom was erected during a ceremony with Mr Cutforth and chief contractor, Henry Boot Construction Limited, this week week.
Mr Cutforth said: “This will be a fantastic new facility for our students studying a range of building services.
“We aim to bring the very best learning environment to every single one of our students.
“This new building will have the latest facilities that prepare them for working in today’s construction industry.” The building’s construction is part funded by the Skills Funding Agency.