Matthew, who took over in January, said he was proud to lead the College and added that it was one of Priestley’s strengths to not sit back.
“Priestley and its students have achieved so much in recent years and in 2014 we celebrated a decade of outstanding exam results,” he said.
“One of our strengths is that we are not a college that stands still. We want to continue to move forward for the sake of all our students and for the benefit of the local community.”
Matthew, who is 57, was inspired to help others after becoming a prefect at school.
Ever since he has been committed to helping young people achieve their dreams and ambitions.
He worked at Blackburn College from 1984 to 2002 and has been at Priestley for more than 12 years.
Now, he counts his own family as a source of inspiration.
“As a dad of two and a grandfather of two, you see how important education is from my own children’s perspective as well as the future generations like my grandchildren,” he said.
“Education faces many challenges going forward, but we will make sure we stick to what we believe in, which is making a difference to the lives of young people and ensuring they are able to progress into work or university. If we can do this then I will be really pleased.”
The college has appointed George Contos as the college’s Vice Principal.