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Deputy Principal (Curriculum & Quality) – West London College

West London College

Deputy Principal West London College FE recruitment

Seeking a people-focused strategic leader with experience of leading improvements of a similar scale and complexity required by the College.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Up to £110k
Deputy Principal with West London College for FE recruitment

About this role

Responsible for:
Assistant Principal (Ealing)
Assistant Principal (Hammersmith)
Assistant Principal (Southall Community College, West London Construction Academy and Park Royal College)
Assistant Principal (Quality & Performance)
Director of MIS

An opportunity to shape the curriculum and improve the life-chances of thousands of people across West London through education and skills.

West London College continues on a journey of organisational recovery and is making excellent progress. With a new CEO & Principal appointed in September 2018 and support being provided by the Department for Education, there is a real feeling of optimism and opportunity as the College resizes, refocuses and starts to develop areas of specialism which they’ll become renowned for. A multi-million-pound plan for complete campus redevelopment will see the College providing its students and staff with state-of-the-art learning environments to learn, teach and grow communities of learners in.

The post holder will strive to improve lives through, education, training, skills and development, fostering social and economic success, in line with the College’s overall mission.

Principally serving the communities of Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham Boroughs, and with five campuses covering 12 miles across West London, the College sits at the centre of opportunity for creative, corporate and construction partnerships. Its positive relationship with its London Boroughs will see both High Needs and 14-16 provision grow, and its links with global organisations including Berkeley Homes will see it provide skills-based education and training to a growing workforce in the built environment sector.

Deputy Principal (Curriculum & Quality)

As Deputy Principal (Curriculum & Quality) you’ll take the strategic lead on curriculum design, planning, data, and quality oversight across all five campuses. With substantial responsibility across the College, your experience in FE leadership will enable you to quickly assess areas requiring immediate improvement, whilst working closely with the CEO and a collaborative executive team to develop the emerging strategy of the College.

It is expected you will be people-focused strategic leader with experience of leading improvements of a similar scale and complexity to those required at West London College. Through adopting an iterative approach to developing the College’s specialisms of the future, through corporate partnerships and stakeholder engagement, your focus on providing an outstanding student experience will be at the forefront of your planning and everything you do.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search team at Peridot Partners:

Drew Richardson-Walsh on 07739 364033 or drew@peridotpartners.co.uk

Sarah Szulczewski on 07841 017043 or sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk

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Dear Candidate,

West London College FE recruitment for Deputy Principal

Thank you for your interest in the role of Deputy Principal (Curriculum and Quality) at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College (branded as West London College).

Since the FE Commissioner’s initial assessment visit in August 2018, West London College has achieved much progress in a relatively short period of time. This has led to increasing confidence from the intervention agencies as well as making significant and important progress in strengthening the College’s financial position. In January 2019, we agreed a clear and relevant recovery plan with our Board and the intervention agencies and, whilst there remain some challenges ahead, we are making great progress against that plan.

We are a relatively new, ambitious and talented senior leadership team that passionately believes there is much unrealised potential at West London College and we are determined to transform ourselves into one of the leading colleges in the capital.

We are now seeking an exceptional individual to join our senior leadership team to help us to shape, deliver and secure an exciting future for our students, staff, employers and communities. You will need to be bold and ambitious and have the courage to drive a challenging agenda. You will also need to have high level skills and the ability to operate in a difficult market place, securing the support and commitment of key strategic stakeholders. You will need to be resilient and relentless in your pursuit for the continuous improvement of standards, student outcomes, organisational effectiveness and financial stability. This role will provide a strong and ambitious leader with significant career prospects and the opportunity to make a major contribution to the educational, economic and employment landscape of the nation’s capital city.

We have an exciting estates strategy that has already seen the opening of two brand new and industry-standard construction centres, located in prime positions in West London, poised to take advantage of major infrastructure developments. We have also been awarded the prestigious and coveted Mayor’s Construction Academy Scheme kitemark, one of only seven hubs in the capital.

Our estates strategy will also see the complete refurbishment of our Southall Community College campus, with partial sale of estate to strengthen the College’s cash balances as well as creating a capital investment fund for the future. The Hammersmith and Fulham College campus will undergo demolition replaced by a brand new, purpose-built and state of the art facility that will also be achieved through partial sale of existing estate resulting in no borrowing.

The West London area is a safe and vibrant part of the capital, known for its culture and the arts.  West London is a major business hub for the UK economy, and the base for a number of nationally important and global blue-chip companies, including Heathrow Airport, Wembley, BBC, White City, Westfield (the biggest shopping mall in Europe), Olympia, Coca Cola and Walt Disney to name but a few.

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!

Yours sincerely,

Karen Redhead
Chief Executive & Principal

Improving lives through education, training, skills and development

West London College is committed to meeting the needs of its students and stakeholders, through collaboration and innovation across its curriculum and student services.

The College is a large general and further education college with five main campuses at Hammersmith, Ealing, Southall, Park Royal and the West London Construction Academy. The College covers 12 miles across West London and enjoys a positive relationship with both of its respective local authorities: Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham.

West London College demonstrates its commitment to its learners through their values: Excellence, Ambition, Focus, Accountability, Inclusion and Integrity.

Our vision

FE recruitment with West London College
  • Further Education: The leading College for enterprise, progression and employment;
  • Higher Education: The leading provider of Technical/Vocational and Academic education which is sector-relevant, flexible and affordable;
  • Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement: A local, regional and national provider of apprenticeships and skills training;
  • Schools: To provide a sound and robust high-quality academic and technical education to pupils;
  • International: The leading college in international for skills, education and training in London.

In 2017 the College was graded ‘Good’ by Ofsted and internal self-assessment assessment continues to report a realistic view of the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.

Courses are offered in most subject sector areas, with the significant majority being those up to, and including, level two. Around three quarters of all enrolments are for adult learners, mostly studying part-time with the College. Of the students who are studying predominately on 16-19 full-time programmes, these are mostly in vocational areas. The College also has a very small cohort of higher education students, for which they been awarded TEF Silver status and received a positive QAA Report in Spring 2018.

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If you would like an informal conversation around the role, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Drew Richardson-Walsh on 07739 364033 or drew@peridotpartners.co.uk or Sarah Szulczewski on 07841 017043 or sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk.

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role by addressing the criteria focused on experience within the person specification, giving examples. Please ensure that you also explain your motivation for applying within your supporting statement.

Please use the subject: “Deputy Principal, West London College” and send your documents to: response@peridotpartners.co.uk.

West London College is an equal opportunities employer. They welcome applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact Peridot Partners in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required with regard to the recruitment process.


Closing date: 9am, Monday 20th May 2019
Preliminary interviews: Wednesday 5th June
Final stage interviews: Wednesday 12th June

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