Mark Wardle, Principal Designate

Mark has been appointed Principal Designate of Callywith College and will lead the College through its pre-opening year in preparation for September 2017 when he will become Principal and the college will welcome its first cohort of students. As Director of Curriculum at Truro and Penwith College for the past 6 years, Mark has played a key role in the Callywith project from its initial inception and will bring 17 years of post-16 experience and the Truro and Penwith College experience to Callywith.

What is your background in education?

I’ve been working for Truro and Penwith College for six years as part of the senior management team as Director of Curriculum. Prior to that, I worked in range of post-16 institutions, including sixth forms in Leeds and Eastbourne as well as a further education College in Hastings.

What inspired you to pursue a career in education?

I studied law at Reading University and while I enjoyed the study of law, I didn’t want to take it forwards as a career. My mum was a teacher and she seemed to really enjoy her work and was really passionate about it, so when I completed my degree I decided to undertake a PGCE focused on further education and here we are 17 years later.

Why does Cornwall need Callywith College?

The vision for Callywith is very clear. It’s about raising life chances for young people in north and east Cornwall. That includes a significant number of young people that travel to Truro College every day, undertaking journeys in some instances for up to four hours each day. Our aspiration is to bring the quality and outstanding provision that those young people at Truro College closer to them.

How does it feel to be appointed the first Principal of Callywith College?

It’s a very exciting opportunity, there’s a lot of work to do, but the site is on track to be handed over on the 31st July 2017. We now have a very exciting period where we need to showcase what Callywith College will be able to do for young people.

What will be some of the highlights?

Students will have access to a very broad curriculum, 27 A Levels and 11 Extended Diplomas, and they’re going to experience very high quality, purpose-built, post-16 facilities, and they are going to benefit from some of the best post-16 teaching available, all built on the formula and foundations of Truro and Penwith College.

What will be your primary focus?

My primary focus will be ensuring that the students get the experience they expect and deserve, and that they enjoy their college experience as much as the students that come to Truro and Penwith do.

What is your key message to potential students?  

If you live in north and east Cornwall and you want to experience exceptional teaching and learning in a brand new exciting environment, Callywith is for you.

We have state-of-the-art science labs, a purpose built theatre and a 3G sports pitch. The College is designed by the architects responsible for Truro and Penwith College, so they are utilising 23 years of experience of working on buildings for young College students to develop the Callywith campus.

What is the overall aim of Callywith College?

Our aim is to have a vibrant, dynamic learning community in which students achieve their full potential with outstanding outcomes. College can set you up for the rest of your life, providing the opportunity to study courses that interest you and giving you the control over your future ambitions, whatever they may be.