Agored Cymru has appointed John Sexton as its newest Board member.
Sexton, who is the Director of the Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone campus in Ebbw-Vale and a member of Agored Cymru’s Quality Standards and Regulation Committee, has several years’ experience in both education and industry.
John Sexton began his career as an engineer, working in the North East of England and Germany on complex injection mould design, before retraining and qualifying as a Mathematics teacher in 1994. He went on to teach GCSE, IGCSE, A-level and International Baccalaureate students in five different countries, including the UK. Sexton became Head of Mathematics at Kamuzu Academy in Malawi, and then Assistant Headteacher at Monkseaton High School near Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear.
From 2009 to 2012, Sexton was the Director of Newcastle Sixth Form College, a large college offering programmes including the International Baccalaureate, thirty-five A-level subjects, GCSEs and Adult Access to Higher Education courses.
As Director of the Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone, Sexton oversees the first fully tertiary post-16 provision in Wales on a cutting-edge £33m campus. Under his leadership, Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone has introduced a brand new A-level offer comprising over 30 subjects and an extensive vocational offer.
Upon the announcement of his appointment, John Sexton said: “I have been involved in Further Education since 2009, and am particularly interested in Access to Higher Education. Providing a high-quality, tailored experience for the learner in order to help them achieve their potential is at the centre of my approach.
I am absolutely delighted to join Agored Cymru as a Board member, and hope to contribute to their work in developing qualifications and supporting people of all ages and backgrounds to achieve their goals.”
The Executive Chair of Agored Cymru, Dr John Graystone, said: “I am very pleased that John has joined us. His experience and knowledge of the education and skills sector in Wales and the UK will be extremely valuable as we meet the challenges and take advantage of opportunities currently facing awarding organisations.”
John Sexton has a Bachelor of Education in Mathematics from Northumbria University and a Master of Arts in Education from The Open University. He lives near Abergavenny with his wife, Sally, and their 17-year-old daughter, Megan.