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Assistant Principal | Rochdale Sixth Form College

We are no ordinary college, and so expect our senior leaders to be extraordinary. Our outstanding college, serving the communities of Rochdale, requires an Assistant Principal who brings a passion for supporting students and an exceptional track record of results. Join the senior leadership team at one of the best sixth form colleges in the country.

  • Location: Rochdale, Greater Manchester
  • Salary: £56,796 - £62,448

About the role

As one of our Assistant Principals, reporting to the Deputy Principal, you will take responsibility for the teaching, learning and student experience of several curriculum areas, as well taking wider organisational responsibility for a particular strategic theme. This could include such things as our exceptional enrichment programme, our trips and visits schedule or focused curriculum improvement.

Inspiring in your approach, you will lead through a team of Subject Leaders who will report to you and contribute to the College’s impactful quality assurance cycle.

We do not expect our Assistant Principals to be based in an office all day and need you to be out in the College; meeting with students and staff, ensuring high-quality teaching is taking place, and students feel well supported and nurtured throughout their journey with us.

We aim to promote a positive and engaging culture for our students and staff. As such, you will need to buy-into this ethos from day one – yet be uncompromising in your approach to ensuring exceptional standards. We give you time to do this, by building in capacity across the timetable for your own development and additional progress coaching for both high achieving students and those who require a little extra support.

Bringing your own experience and expertise, as one of our senior leaders we expect you to do anything but accept the status quo. We welcome new ideas and innovation, and encourage you to help us to be better than we are. To help your own reflective practice and enable you to develop your own self, all our middle and senior leaders are supported by external, professional coaches.

Who we are looking for

We expect the exceptional, and as such welcome interest from all subject specialists from both secondary and post-16 environments. All we ask is that you bring your brilliance.

We recognise that aspiring senior leaders are often ‘pigeon-holed’ and only offered the opportunity to lead across their curriculum specialism or those similar. We like to think differently and recognise, from experience, the value of applying an independent approach to the critical appraisal of curriculum and leadership provided by a different subject specialist. We are therefore open to receiving interest from both secondary school and college leaders, so long as you have the following attributes:

  • An unwavering commitment to supporting our students throughout their entire student journey.
  • Substantial experience of raising standards within a single department or more.
  • A genuine recognition for how enrichment programmes offer personal enhancement for students outside of academic or vocational study and practice.
  • Senior leadership experience, or the ability and keenness to step-up to strategic management.
  • A willingness to get in front of students and teach – we don’t just want amazing leaders; we need to know you can lead by example.

We also recognise that as a growing multi-academy trust, with a 900-place secondary free school being built and future partnership opportunities in the pipeline, we need senior leaders across the Altus Education Partnership who can add value to our 11-19 curriculum offer.

As part of our unwavering commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, the person appointed as Assistant Principal will be subject to Enhanced DBS Clearance.

For more information and to apply, please fill out the ‘How to apply’ section and get in touch with our Education Practice Manager & EA, Laura Burchett (laura@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07985 431 599), to arrange a conversation with the lead consultant.

Closing date: 12noon, Monday 29th March 2021

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Welcome from the Principal of Rochdale Sixth Form College / CEO of Altus Education Partnership

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in working at Rochdale Sixth Form College. We hope that you will find this information useful when considering making an application.

Our mission is to create a family of academies from early years to 18 that enables students in the borough to progress to an aspirational career, a fulfilling life and to make a positive contribution to society. To work at Rochdale Sixth Form College, you must be an excellent practitioner and leader with the intent and ability to transform the lives of young people. We value each student in college and recognise that each has a different talent and gift, which we nurture over their time with us. We help each student to develop, both personally and academically, so they have the knowledge and skills to progress to an aspirational career, a fulfilling life and make a positive contribution to their local community.

Rochdale Sixth Form College opened in 2010, and we currently have around 1850 students studying with us. Since opening, the College has dramatically raised Level 3 achievement in the area and is recognised as a national centre of excellence. The College is Ofsted ‘outstanding’ and regularly one of the highest performing colleges in the country according to the Department for Education’s performance tables and national achievement rate tables.

To join us at Rochdale Sixth Form College you must aspire to be an outstanding colleague. You must be willing to share and learn. We wish to appoint someone who will help us to make a positive difference to our community and young people across the borough. In return, we promise a rewarding career with bespoke professional development to support your future aspirations.

I look forward to your application.

Richard Ronksley
Principal of Rochdale Sixth Form College & CEO of Altus Education Partnership

About the organisation

Rochdale Sixth Form College opened in 2010 with the ambition to inspire post-16 learners from our diverse local community and raise their aspirations. The College has been incredibly successful at doing this and our students regularly produce some of the best results in the country.

We are not excellent by being exclusive, we are excellent because we are inclusive.

To us, great results for students comes from focusing entirely on their progress with us. Our 1,800 students come to us from a range of backgrounds and have very different needs. Whilst many have a great deal of ambition, others need help to realise their true potential. Whatever their starting position with us, we ensure they leave us as well-rounded citizens with a career path in place and a future learning journey planned.

We know our staff members are proud to work for Rochdale Sixth Form College, and our community is proud of us. We are contributing to the system-wide improvement of education across our borough and converted to a multi-academy trust to develop this further through the launch of the Altus Education Partnership. The Partnership’s mission is to ‘create and successfully run a family of inclusive academies from early years to 18 that enables all students, regardless of background to progress to an aspirational career, a fulfilling life and make a positive contribution to their local community’.

Whilst we know our teachers and support staff are fantastic, it is our students who inspire us daily. Despite the global pandemic, our students achieved outstanding results. We had record breaking attendance rates throughout and the outcome was a 99.6% pass rate, with 58% of students achieving A* to B grades. Over 80% of students progressed to university, 100% of our Oxbridge applicants were successful, and we were thrilled to support other students progressing on to high-quality apprenticeships and employment.

To accompany their studies, students at the College all participate in enriching programmes of activity. Students choose either a pre-graduate or pre-professional pathway which is bespoke to their own needs. We are not focused on results in isolation, and instead we focus on developing each and every individual young person who chooses to study with us. This is reflected in our vision, mission, values and beliefs:

Our Vision

We aim to be the sixth form college of choice for the young people of the Borough of Rochdale and aim to develop confident and articulate students, respectful and respected, capable of independent and critical thought and appropriately prepared for higher-level achievement.

Our Mission

Our central purpose is to help our students realise their academic potential. We believe every young person can succeed and we devote ourselves to improving student achievement, through high quality teaching and student support. Our young people are challenged to achieve through high expectations within a “you can do it culture”. We aim to build aspiration, to inspire and to motivate our students so they have the opportunity for greater choice in life.

Our Values and Beliefs

As a sixth form college and as individuals we value and champion:

Care for the Individual, Empathy and Compassion – our first priority is to connect with our students, be interested in their lives and backgrounds and listen actively to what they say; treating every student in every class as an individual and continuously boosting their self-esteem and confidence, whilst showing empathy and compassion towards their needs.

Achievement, Success and Excellence – an unceasing focus to improve standards of academic achievement to better the lives of our students, and a passionate desire for their success through a culture of high expectations and aspirations.

Learning, Creativity and Innovation – we are driven to pursue effective learning for all students and first class teaching and support by all colleagues – day in, day out.

Relationships, Collaboration and Teamwork – students and staff working together to foster a real sense of community and mutual respect. A partnership with parents/carers to ensure our 16-19 year olds are confident and mature individuals who are able to become responsible and valued members of our wider society. We maintain close and meaningful partnerships with schools, other colleges and universities to further enhance the learner journey. Relationships with our community in Rochdale will reflect our commitment to the social and economic wellbeing of the Borough and increase the range of opportunities for our students to become active citizens.

Inclusivity, Belonging and Respect – we embrace diversity and strongly commit to the equality of opportunity for students, staff, their friends and families and our wider community in order to create a sense of belonging.

Honesty, Openness and Fairness – the life of the College community is based on the values of honesty and fairness and we commit to conducting ourselves with openness, trust and respect for the individual.

Positivity, Enthusiasm and Fun – shown by and towards all students and staff at RSFC.

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    Closing date for applications: 12noon, Monday 29th March 2021
    Interview: w/c Monday 19th April (TBC)

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