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Deputy Principal – Curriculum & Quality Bath College

Lead the next stage of transformation and development of Bath College’s high-quality, student-centred, vocational and technical learning as our Deputy Principal - Quality & Curriculum.

  • Location: Bath, Somerset
  • Salary: £85,000 - £95,000

Who we are

Bath College is a vibrant and dynamic community of learning, where students, and their experience, is at the heart of all we do. Our aim is to ensure students enjoy their learning and training experience and benefit from exciting and inspiring teaching. Each student’s individual needs are accommodated in our teaching and training approach which integrates and maximises the use of technology and digital learning within delivery.

Our students prosper and positively contribute to the local economy by addressing regional skills gaps. Positive engagement in society and responsible and respectful citizenship are developed through our inclusive learning environment. Bath College’s aim is to consistently make a positive difference to the lives of our learners. Our provision consists of, full-time study programmes, apprenticeships, traineeships, SEND provision, adult learning and community learning, skills boot camps, leisure courses, ESOL and higher education.

Above everything, the College has remained resolute in the provision of an exceptional and motivational experience of learning that widens the horizons to future careers and opportunities. Students are at the very heart; they are our future and deserve the very best.

Who we are looking for

Bath College is seeking an experienced leader of curriculum and quality to join our executive team and become our nominated lead for all aspects of quality, performance, and curriculum innovation across our organisation. You will be able to demonstrate a record of having successfully managed curriculum operations and leading teams of professionals to deliver improved outcomes for students. It would be highly advantageous if you have experience in leading through a successful Ofsted inspection and realising improvements to overall ratings.

As an experienced senior leader of further education, you will recognise the unique opportunities for Bath College. You will be able to adapt your portfolio of experience and achievements to meet the priorities, demands and needs of our college, as we continue to work hard towards our ambitious plans, to further improve the quality of our offer. This is an excellent opportunity to

contribute quite significantly to the future of our college’s 16-18, adult, apprenticeship and HE provisions.

You will ensure our curriculum and learning offer meet the needs of learners, local employers, stakeholders, and the wider community.  We welcome your ability to create and communicate a supportive yet performance-led vision that will drive forward a college-wide quality improvement strategy and deliver continued positive outcomes.

With an inspiring style of leadership and collaborative ethos, you will be capable of building and maintaining strong relationships internally and externally, with a strategic approach rooted in operational knowledge that will inspire staff working at all levels to be a part of this transformative journey.

Bath College is an inclusive employer working to support a richly diverse city and we celebrate the benefits this brings. We know our leadership and management do not yet fully reflect the city and local region’s communities and very much encourage applications from underrepresented groups.

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Peridot Partners and Bath College are, together, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and our client expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references before any final offer can be made.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Shaun Eden | shaun@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 509128

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk

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Welcome from Jayne Davis - Principal & Chief Executive at Bath College

Dear candidate,

A very warm welcome and thank you for your interest in our Deputy Principal role.

We have a clear mission at the College which is to provide innovative training to develop skills, inspire individuals, enrich the wider community, and encourage all to achieve and progress. We are the only FE college in Bath & North East Somerset and have a strong relationship with Bath & North East Somerset Council and combined authority partners WECA (West of England Combined Authority).

The FE sector is going through a period of change where we are even more central to our local, regional and national employment and skills strategies whether that is working in line with the Local Skills Improvement plan or collaborating with our employers and other partners to tightly match our curriculum with local and regional skills needs.

The role is at the senior post-holder level and as a key member of the College’s senior leadership team, the successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to contribute directly to the new College Strategy Plan and be a lead influence on the cross-college curriculum and quality assurance and improvement as well as lead on safeguarding and learner support.  This role has a wide enough remit to be instrumental in the College’s future growth, external partnerships and future innovations.

The post-holder will be supported by passionate and dynamic leadership and management teams who have a learner-centred approach and who lead committed curriculum and support teams as well as a forward-thinking and ambitious Board.

The post-holder will be based at both the College’s campuses, Somer Valley Campus in Westfield (approx. 10 miles from Bath city centre), and City Centre Campus, which is at the heart of the World Heritage city of Bath.

Staff and students are proud to be part of the Bath College community. We have a strong ethos and a shared vision that staff are ambitious and successful, valued, heard, feel included and that we are one team. It is an exciting time to be part of that team!

If you are ambitious and committed to the learner experience, you think you would be a good fit and you would like to work in one of the most beautiful cities in the country, we would like to hear from you.

Yours Sincerely,

Jayne Davis

Our Purpose and Mission

We provide innovative training to develop skills, inspire individuals, enrich the wider community and encourage all to achieve and progress.

-Developing skills

-Inspiring individuals

-Encouraging all

About Bath College

We will work with new and emerging talent to prepare them to excel and to meet the needs of current or future employers. We will actively contribute to developing the careers of individuals through the provision of education and training. We will work with people from across our communities to develop their skills, to improve their life chances and to give them a passion for learning new things or mastering existing skills.

Bath College delivers more than 1400 courses available from entry to degree level, education and training to 10,000 learners across two campuses in Bath & North East Somerset annually. We are the largest provider of apprenticeships in the area, with a strategic focus which ensures the College continues to build business links across the region.

At Bath College, we pride ourselves on being the natural choice of college for both students and employers. The College has been recognised as one of the top 10% of FE colleges in England for employer satisfaction with achievement rates significantly above the national average. The College has set a realistic but ambitious vision for the future and gained great momentum in its ambition to be the best college in the region and nationally by 2025.

At Bath College, we recognise and welcome our role as part of the local community and value the partner­ships developed and the support gained within our locality.  We look forward to further developing links to enhance and grow additional partnerships, and expanding our reach through initiatives such as the partnership-driven Institute of Technology, in order that we can benefit the social and environmental fabric of the community. Exciting opportunities have begun with collaboration between a number of local charities and agencies enabling us to offer support and assistance, to those in need and the disengaged. The College is proud to be able to offer our facilities and time to support social community events, like the Bath Family Run.

We believe we are stronger together and will enhance its commitment to its civic responsibilities.

Our Vision

Our aim is to be recognised as one of the stars of the learning and skills sector. We want to become excellent in everything we do so that our students and staff can reap the benefits of being part of a highly successful organisation. As such, through this new strategic intentions framework and vision, we have set ourselves our most demanding challenge yet.

  • Become the country’s most enterprising community college, focusing on collaboration and innovation.
  • Unashamedly celebrate the world of work and professional and technical education and training.
  • Celebrate emerging talent and be the first choice for those who want to enter the world of work or improve their place in it.
  • Make our students highly employable and enterprising by developing the skills employers want.
  • Be a place for the community to keep learning and for businesses to grow and develop.
  • Impact positively on the West of England’s economy and play an active role in economic development and regeneration.
  • Value the efforts and talents of our people and further develop their skills, impacting positively on their careers.

Equality and Diversity

At Bath College, we are committed to maintaining a respectful community where all of our students and staff can learn develop and grow within a dignified and safe place.

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Shaun Eden | shaun@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 509128

    Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk

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    Closing date: 12 p.m. Monday 22nd January 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: By 5 p.m. Monday 29th January 2024
    First Stage Interviews: Tuesday 6th February 2024
    Second Stage Interviews: Thursday 15th February 2024

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