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Chief executive of MidKent College Stephen Grix retires after 11 years

By Jade Edwards

Former MidKent College student and chief executive Stephen Grix has retired from his post after 11 years.

Mr Grix first joined the college in Medway Road, Gillingham, in 1971 as a bricklaying student at the college’s former City Way campus.

He moved into teaching during his twenties and returned to the college to study for a education degree, before gaining a masters degree in education management.

Stephen Grix
Stephen Grix

The father-of-three then became principal of Sir George Monoux College in north east London and was appointed head of Ofsted’s post-compulsory education sector.

Mr Grix then took up the role of director of education for Tower Hamlets, in London, before returning to MidKent College as principal and chief executive in March 2005.

He stepped down as principal in 2013, but continued his executive post part time to support the college’s new management team. Mr Grix was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to further education.

He said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that my career both started and ended at MidKent College, where I’ve had the privilege of doing a job I love and which I am extremely passionate about.

“I had a tough time at school and left at 15 with no formal qualifications. This college transformed my life chances.

“Thanks to further education I was able to build a career that eventually led me to where I am today.

“I hope my story demonstrates to young people that school is not the only option available to them. Many students are far more suited to the vocational style of learning that MidKent College can provide.”

Simon Cook, principal, paid tribute to Mr Grix during a presentation at the college.

He said: “We value the time Stephen has spent with the College tremendously. He has been an inspiring steward, as well as an empathetic and highly visible leader.

“His legacy to MidKent College is a wonderful estate, great resources, and a keen focus to do everything we can to help our students, and our local community, prepare for a bright future.”

Mr Grix hopes to submit articles for TES magazine’s further education supplement during his retirement.

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