The Cirencester community is in mourning today as news spreads of the passing of Jim Grant, Principal of Cirencester College, a figurehead who dedicated over three decades of his life to the institution. Jim’s profound impact on the college and its community is a testament to his unwavering commitment and leadership.
Jim’s journey at Cirencester College began in 1991 when he joined as a lecturer of history and archaeology. His passion for education and his ability to inspire others quickly propelled him through the ranks. From senior lecturer to head of faculty, and from assistant principal to vice principal, he ascended to the role of Principal in 2017. Throughout his career, Jim became a friend, coach, and mentor to countless staff and students, leaving an indelible mark on their lives.
One of Jim’s greatest priorities was always the students. He tirelessly worked to enhance their experience at the college and spearheaded efforts to ensure their education was exceptional. Under his guidance, Cirencester College witnessed a remarkable increase in popularity, with a surge in both staff and student numbers. Through transformative redevelopment projects, the college’s campus underwent significant changes, with the award-winning Digital Building serving as a recent testament to Jim’s vision. The site now stands as a symbol of ecological sustainability, providing a thriving and vibrant environment for students to learn and grow.
In addition to his accomplishments within the college, Jim also played a pivotal role in advocating for educational opportunities beyond Cirencester. He built a strong management team that will continue his mission to promote social mobility and deliver outstanding education for all. His passion for education extended to the national stage, where he championed the sixth form sector, representing Cirencester College in various media appearances and even planning a visit to Parliament. Jim’s dedication was evident in his successful efforts to introduce T-levels and establish the country’s first apprenticeship program in archaeology at Cirencester College. His legacy includes a trailblazing curriculum development that will benefit countless students for years to come. Additionally, Jim was a published author, with multiple editions of a successful coursebook for archaeology students to his name.
Reflecting on the loss, Peter Holmes, Chair of Governors, expressed the collective grief felt by all who knew Jim. “Jim will be missed by a great number of people who have worked with him now and over the many years he has given to Cirencester College and its community,” he stated. The governors and management team remain committed to upholding Jim’s vision and ensuring that his legacy continues to flourish.
As the Cirencester community mourns the loss of Jim Grant, his memory will forever live on in the hearts and minds of those whose lives he touched. His unwavering dedication to education and his profound impact on Cirencester College will be remembered as a testament to his enduring legacy.