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Deputy Principal | Stoke on Trent College

Stoke on Trent College is seeking an experienced and aspirant educational leader as Deputy Principal. With a transformative vision and the resilience to deliver significant college-wide curriculum and quality improvements for the benefit of learners across Stoke and the region, this is an opportunity to make a significant impact and leave a lasting legacy.

  • Location: Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire
  • Salary: Competitive

About the role

Now that the College’s financial position is secure and with plans to begin a refresh of the strategic plan in the coming year, the Board and Executive have a renewed focus on creating and delivering ambitious improvement plans across all aspects of teaching, learning and curriculum quality. With the positive direction of travel towards raising standards and improving outcomes for all learners well underway, the Deputy Principal will play an instrumental leadership role to secure a Good judgement in the College’s next Ofsted inspection, and present a compelling vision of continued improvements beyond.

As a key member of the Executive, the Deputy Principal will be the senior post holder responsible for raising and maintaining standards and developing and driving the Further and Higher Education curriculum to meet the demands of a changing local, regional and national skills agenda. They will be a key player in the implementation and delivery of the refreshed strategy that will shape the future of Stoke on Trent College. They will oversee the delivery of the quality improvement strategy that will ensure the College achieves ambitious targets in line with national policy and college standards. Establishing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, including funding bodies, quality regulators and auditors, and other partners will be a priority. Crucially, the Deputy Principal will act as the Ofsted inspection lead for the College.

With corporate and strategic oversight of curriculum planning, delivery, student success, quality outcomes and curriculum delivered via partnerships, the post holder will act as lead executive team member on the Curriculum, Quality and Standards Committee, as well as leading on the design and delivery of the annual self-assessment process.

With line management of the Assistant Principals for Quality of Education, and Curriculum and Support, you must provide robust, focused and supportive supervision and leadership to mentor, guide and inspire your senior management team, inspire staff engagement and drive performance improvement across all curriculum areas and student support. It will be essential for the post holder to build excellent working relationships with the Chief Financial Officer, and the Finance and MIS teams under the CFO’s remit, to ensure curriculum and quality are embedded within financial and resources planning.

Through dynamic and innovative leadership, the Deputy Principal will support the College to move towards a position of realising future aspirations in response to technical, skills and further education reform.

The post holder will deputise for the CEO and Principal as required.

Who we are looking for

Stoke on Trent College is seeking an experienced leader of curriculum and quality to join their Executive Team as a champion of quality, performance and delivery within the organisation. You will demonstrate a proven record of successfully managing curriculum operations or leading a team to deliver improved outcomes and quality, preferably within a further education organisation with a similar profile or level of complexity. It would be advantageous if candidates can demonstrate their role as part of a successful Ofsted inspection.

You will recognise the circumstances unique to Stoke on Trent College, with the ability to adapt your portfolio of experience and achievements to meet the priorities, demands and needs of the College as it strives towards quality improvements and the implementation of a refreshed strategic plan. Recognising that this is an exciting opportunity to transform the quality of the College’s 16-18, adult, apprenticeship and HE provision to meet the needs of learners and the wider community, you will demonstrate how you will create and communicate a strong performance-led vision that will drive forward a college-wide quality improvement strategy and deliver a Good Ofsted inspection.

With a strong collaborative ethos, you will be capable of building and maintaining strong relationships with key executive and senior postholders, with a strategic approach rooted in operational knowledge that will inspire staff working at all levels to be a part of this transformative journey.

As an employer committed to developing leadership and talent in the sector, this role will be ideal for an experienced assistant or vice principal with aspirations to become a future CEO and Principal.

To arrange a confidential chat, please contact our lead consultants at Peridot Partners:

Dr Sophie Carney | sophie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 528307

Laura Atter | laura@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07985 431 599

Closing date: 12pm, Monday 25th January 2021

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Dr Sophie Carney

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Welcome from the Principal & CEO

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in the role of Deputy Principal at Stoke on Trent College.

The College’s Mission is to provide young people and adults with the technical and personal skills they need to gain employment, to progress their careers and so to contribute to the City’s economic, social and cultural development. Our successful students will help to create a flourishing city.

We provide the very best in technical and vocational training using state of the art and industry standard facilities as evident in the Sports Academy and the Hub building at Cauldon campus, and the Engineering and Construction centre at Burslem campus.

With an eye on the future, we have much to do to ensure that Stoke on Trent College thrives and becomes the partner of choice for employers, agencies, and other stakeholder institutions. We have to maintain the College’s long-term financial viability through value for money and efficient, effective delivery of College services.

We recognise that it is through Our People that we will achieve our overall mission and goals.  The Deputy Principal will be very much at the heart of the Leadership and wider College team, committed to driving forward our strategies and plans for high performance, and bringing ideas and solutions to the table.  We place great importance on leadership colleagues championing our culture and living our values through personal integrity, flexibility, collaboration, supportive challenge and an enabling coaching style.

Every member of staff who works at Stoke on Trent College should understand and implement the highest professional standards, giving our learners’ and employers’ the gold standard customer service they deserve at all times. Part of that gold standard is expecting the best from our learners’, ensuring they attend, that they participate, and that they achieve their potential.

To enable learners to achieve their best we provide excellent educational and personal support, a rich and culturally diverse, inclusive, and harmonious environment. This is achieved through teamwork; every member of staff working with learners’ their parents, employers and stakeholders to ensure that Stoke on Trent College is a stimulating and purposeful environment.

It is imperative that we succeed in our mission, Stoke on Trent College is very important to the city of Stoke on Trent and the County of Staffordshire. An independent impact study showed that Stoke on Trent College delivers over £537m contribution every year to the local economy, primarily through improving the skills of the workforce. As a new recruit to the College, you will be part of that contribution to the local economy and, with your help, we will increase the positive impact we have in Stoke and North Staffordshire.

If you are excited by these prospects and think there is a good fit between our requirements and your abilities and ambition, then we would love to hear from you.

Denise Brown
Principal & Chief Executive

About Stoke on Trent College

Stoke on Trent College is a critical provider of further education and training in Stoke and North Staffordshire, with around 6,000 students studying each year on full-time and part-time study programmes, apprenticeships, professional qualifications and university-level courses across their two campuses – Cauldon and Burslem.

With a commitment to ensuring their learners gain the confidence and skills to make choices for a lifetime of fulfilment, Stoke on Trent College educates thousands of people in the local community every year to gain essential employability skills, including qualifications in English and Maths, and work-related qualifications in construction, engineering, health and care, hospitality and IT, to name but a few.

Working in partnership with Staffordshire University, the College offers accessible pathways into higher education to students, with degree level courses in childcare, health and social care, and teacher training.

The College’s mission is to provide an inclusive professional and technical education to energise and grow the city and region, with the promise to:

  • Help learners to access and achieve their aspirations
  • Work with employers to develop a highly trained and reliable workforce
  • Ensure stakeholders will play an active role in the development of a vibrant local economy

The College is committed to providing an inclusive and collaborative educational and work environment for all learners and staff. We are incredibly proud of the diversity of staff expertise across its curriculum areas, empowering them to be confident, resilient and ambitious in their approach to teaching and learning for the benefit of all learners. 

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    Laura Atter | laura@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07985 431 599

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    Closing date for applications: 12pm, Monday 25th January 2021
    Longlist stage one interviews: Wednesday 10th February 2021
    Shortlist stage two interviews: Wednesday 17th February 2021

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