Come and join the Board at Sense College East, a post-16 specialist education provider delivering learning experiences that equip young people with the knowledge and skills to help them live vibrant, independent lives. A place that believes in looking past the disability to see the ability.
To this end, the College delivers education and training at eight sites across the Midlands and the East of England. These sites are located in:
In total, across these locations, Sense College East (SCE) currently provides education and training to 75 young people, each of whom have a range of disabilities which include – but are not limited to – autism, sight loss, communication problems and a range of learning and physical disabilities respectively. Each site offers daytime services as well as providing adult social care services to over-18s.
Whilst there may be logistical challenges in delivering tailored education provision across such as wide geography there are huge benefits to students and their families. Each site has its own micro-culture which reflects our young people, their learning needs as well as their care needs. This means that everything for each student is tailored, day-to-day. We do this because as a college, our work is underpinned by an enabling culture, for our students, their families and also, importantly, for our staff too.
“The mix of learning cultures makes the College very exciting, and its forever evolving. If the learners’ requirements change then we are able to adapt and provide better, more suitable resources.”
Gerry Short – Chair of Sense College East.
Due to our continuous efforts across the region, here at SCE, we have developed our reputation for being a supportive member in each of the local communities where we have a site. Because of this localised focus, we are trusted by our students and their families, and thanks to this trust, we can better support the students we work with to achieve positive outcomes.
The individualised curriculum of each student is delivered through three different pathways that ensure our learners receive a varied and vibrant learning experience. For instance, our Learning for Life Pathway promotes independence for those students with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Our Foundation Pathway gives students the opportunity to gain accredited courses to support their chosen career whilst our Employability Pathway is designed to help students acquire significant work experience to prepare them for the world of work.
“To really see Sense College at its best, you need to go in to a room where learning is happening. It’s very individual. We create a suitable environment for each student to learn in and it’s the staff who must take great credit for this. I’m looking forward to showing our new Governors Sense in action – seeing is certainly believing.”
Gerry Short – Chair of Sense College East.
SCE has a very exciting future. We are working with the other parts of the Sense Charity to develop an overarching Board and we have already started work to realise the aims set out in our 2022-25 strategy. We are now looking to recruit four new Governors to our Local Governing Body, and we hope that their expertise will help us to achieve our aims whilst supporting the next stage of our growth and development.
Having reviewed the current range of expertise on our Board, we now want to expand its skill set. As such, we are looking for four new Governors to join our friendly yet driven Board to add additional support, expertise and appropriate challenge.
We are specifically looking to receive applications from individuals who have experience of, or a background in, specialist education, particularly in settings similar to our own. We also hope to receive applications from individuals based within the communities served by our college sites.
Our hope is that by identifying new Governors who have this experience and understanding, they will be able to support the development of our provision, share the good practice that they have experienced elsewhere, and offer insight and areas they believe we should improve. Furthermore, our Board is open and transparent, and as such, we welcome challenge from our Governors.
Candidate experience in leadership is a desired characteristic along with organisational change, as well as an understanding of good governance and the role of a governing body. It will be useful for candidates to live within a commutable distance of our sites however, given our geographic range, many of our meetings take place virtually.
We anticipate that the successful candidates will need to commit a minimum of 4 days per term to the role in relation to meetings and preparation, along with attendance at other ad-hoc college events and visits to which you will be invited.
I am delighted that you are considering one of the Sense College governor roles we have the opportunity to fill in this academic year.
Sense College consists of two independent specialist colleges which are Sense College East and Sense College Loughborough.
Both colleges work with students who have single or multiple sensory impairments with additional needs, students who have complex needs, which may include sensory impairments and/or students with additional learning or physical disabilities.
Students are at the centre of their education experience and are offered a curriculum made up of pathways, programmes and courses that are flexible and collaborative in delivery, within safe and welcoming learning environments. Everything we do supports students to express themselves, develop their skills and confidence, make choices and live a full life as part of their preparation for adulthood.
Each college has its own local governing body, and throughout the year we will be working with Peridot to fill governor vacancies at both colleges. We welcome expressions of interest for either of the two colleges.
As Executive Principal I have overall accountability for Sense College and have a keen interest in the development and success of each of the governing bodies. We have been very fortunate to have experienced and passionate governors over recent years who have challenged us to achieve the very best we can for our students. As part of natural progression, some of our governors have moved onto other interests and commitments so we now have the opportunities for new individuals to fill these vacancies.
We believe in being open and transparent in all our communications and strive to embody the Sense Values of inclusion, collaboration, finding a way to overcome challenges by thinking creatively, challenge the status quo and to celebrate achievements.
We are looking for our new governors to be able to model these values in support of our work. We work co-productively with our governors within a professional relationship built on trust, respect, and constructive challenge.
Both Sense College East and Sense College Loughborough are Ofsted rated as Good and you will see their separate reports on the relevant microsites.
This is an exciting time to be joining Sense College as a governor as we launched the Sense College 2022-2025 strategic plan at the end of the last academic year and are now moving into the implementation stage. We look forward to working with you as we take this vital work forward.
If you feel you have the skills and knowledge to further support us through your active participation in meetings, training and college visits we would be delighted to receive your application.
I look forward to meeting you and hearing what you feel you can offer us.
Pat Dyson, Executive Principal, September 2022
Sense College is a specialist further education college for young people aged 16-25 with special educational needs.
Sense Collegeensure their learning experience is tailored to you.
If you are looking to learn independent living skills, like cooking or money management, or study for educational qualifications, you’ll find the support you need to reach your personal goals at Sense College.
It is also an adult social care day service for over-18s. Our day services include a huge range of activities.
Sense College East has eight different locations in the East of England, East Midlands and West Midlands
We support a diverse group of students aged 16-25. Students might have one or more of the following:
Sense College students must have an education, health and care plan (EHCP).
Sense is proud of its work as a disability charity that promotes inclusion and offers equality of opportunity to people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities.
Our services provide inclusive and accessible ways for people to communicate, receive support, build relationships, and learn skills.
For further information see our website Equality, diversity and inclusion – Sense
Some examples of our accessibility provisions include:
% of staff within SCE with a declared disability
% of staff who are male
% of staff who are female
% of staff that are BME
Sense is part of the Business Disability Forum and Disability Confident Employer.
To formally apply, please submit a CV, a completed Application Form and a covering letter (which can be written within the application form and ideally maximum 2 sides of A4 each) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification, including your interest and motivation in applying for this position.
Please ensure that your application is emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org inserting “Four Governors – Sense College East” into the subject field.
For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:
Dan Baxter | email@example.com | 07939 994524
Katie Morris | firstname.lastname@example.org | 07904 814264
We wish to encourage 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.
Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us 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 regarding the recruitment process.
Closing date: 9.a.m Monday 28th November- 2022
Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 9th December 2022
Interviews: Wednesday 14th December 2022
Peridot and Sense College East are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We would therefore be most grateful if you would complete this equality monitoring survey.
The information will be treated confidentially and anonymously and will help us to support our commitment to fair recruitment practice. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone, in line with the new Data Protection Act 2018 launched on 25 May 2018.
The information provided does not form part of the decision-making process and will not affect your application.