The Principal and Chief Executive of Macclesfield College of Further and Higher Education, Rachel Kay, is celebrating three years in her role this August – and what a three years they have been!

Rachel took over the college in August 2015 and has since worked hard to develop a clear vision for the future. She has been instrumental in re-engaging with the local business community and ensuring that the college really adds value to the local community as a whole.

With Rachel at its helm, the college has gone from strength to strength over the last three years. Testament to this are the levels of student satisfaction and staff engagement which increased to 94% within the college over the last two years alone. It’s not only staff and students who are happy either, as the end of 2017 saw the college deemed ‘Officially Good’ by Ofsted inspectors.

In the last three years Macclesfield College has also received the Matrix Standard Award, won a Silver Award in the ‘Best Company to Work For’ category in the North East Cheshire Business Awards, and were finalists in the Education Investor Awards. Rachel was especially proud when the college positioned top of the Department of Education tables, after securing the highest achievement rates for Apprenticeships across both Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

Rachel’s hard work has not gone unnoticed, placing as a finalist for the prestigious Cheshire Woman of the year award in 2017. The nomination came after being recognised for her outstanding professional achievements, after many years in providing strategic leadership to various educational institutions.

Rachel is thoroughly enjoying her time as Principal and Chief Executive at the college, and is looking forward, as always, to future achievements:

“The last 3 years have been a whirlwind of achievements and celebrations for all of us at Macclesfield College. I’m incredibly proud of all of the hard work that has been undertaken by both students and staff alike, and it’s brilliant to see this recognised in recent DfE and Ofsted reports.”

Celebrations at the college continued when former student Menna Fitzpatrick became Britain’s most successful Winter Paralympian. Menna claimed slalom gold, super combined silver, giant slalom silver and super-G bronze at the 2018 Winter Paralympics in South Korea.

Rachel has also overseen further investments into facilities and infrastructure, aiding in the college’s continued upward trajectory. A new state-of-the-art Performing Arts department has been introduced, as well as the college’s recent partnership with Macclefield Town Football Club. The partnership will see Macclesfield College feature on the back of the team’s home kit for all EFL games, be represented on a pitch side advertising board throughout the whole season and appear in each edition of the club’s match day programme.

On top of this, Macclesfield Town have also given the College ten U25 season tickets to be awarded to students, with more details set to be revealed in due course.

The introduction of the new Whites Chef Academy, spearheaded by celebrity chef Aiden Bryne, will also be launched in time for the intake of next year’s 2019/2020 students.

If the recent Ofsted reports and DfE league tables are anything to go by, the future is definitely bright for Macclesfield College. Rachel herself is especially driven to ensure the continued success of the college, saying:

“I’m definitely looking forward to the future and am keen to find new and innovative ways to drive the accomplishments of the college as a whole, whilst ensuring our students’ happiness and their future prospects.”