AFTER eight years in post, Steve Richman, the director of Moorlands Sixth Form College has decided to reduce his leadership role to focus on bringing up his young family.
During his time as Director, the college has expanded to accommodate all the students from the local community who need a level three education.
Results for the college are consistently among the best in Staffordshire and other local providers and it is recognised as being the number one A Level provider within a wide radius of Cheadle.
Many students move on to study at top universities in the UK and abroad and have benefited from the extra-curricular opportunities led by Mr Richman, including an annual expedition to India, ski trips to the Alps and local walking and camping trips in the hills and mountains. Mr Richman said: "It has been a privilege to lead such a fantastic college.
"The students are some of the politest, friendliest, and hardest working young adults I have had the pleasure to work with.
"The majority are mature, trustworthy and self-disciplined, which has made my job less about being a disciplinarian and more about being a motivator and a person to discover and develop talents while helping students to believe in themselves and develop their emotional intelligence.
"I hope that I have created a learning environment where all feel respected and students have the opportunity to enjoy learning, not only for exams, but for the rest of their lives and reach their full academic and social potential.
"The teaching and support staff at the College are all highly professional, talented and hardworking colleagues who I have thoroughly enjoyed leading.
"When you lead such a fantastic team, there is often no need to micro-manage because you know you can trust and delegate."
Mr Richman is turning his attentions more to his three-year-old twins, and looks forward to having more time to pursue his passion for painting and travelling.
Although he hopes to remain involved with the college for the next few years and will continue to teach at the Moorlands on a part time basis.