Be part of a new and ambitious senior leadership team. Join The Windsor Forest Colleges Group as one of our two new Vice Principals for Further Education.
Central to our future strategy of The Windsor Forest Colleges Group is our shared belief that we will always do what is best for the delivery of education and skills for our students and our region whilst safeguarding the best practice and culture within our organisations.
The merged college group will consist of four colleges that foster specialist, distinctive General Further Education (GFE), Sixth Form and land-based curriculum. We will invest to develop the specialisms at each campus and create local, affordable, progression for our students.
We are people focused, with strong leadership and governance and an ambitious agenda for partnership, growth, and quality improvement. The colleges within the group will grow and support students and employers from their own position of strength and will benefit from shared expertise.
For the next three years, our strategy will focus on four key themes of growth, quality, inclusion, and financial resilience. We have worked with our Board of Governors to agree the following priorities for the Group:
The Vice Principal Curriculum, Adults & Apprenticeships will be based at Langley College. Langley College is the heart of innovation and technology within our Group, where there is a strong focus on the development of specialised technical and professional education. At Langley College, we are proud to provide exceptional teaching and learning in state-of-the-art facilities using industry-standard resources.
Langley College has invested in its facilities and these investments have paid dividends, as demonstrated by outstanding outcomes in a range of courses such as motor-vehicle, hair and beauty, information technology and business.
BCA will join the Group on 1st August 2022 and will be the primary base for our new Vice Principal Curriculum, Quality & Innovation.
BCA is a further education college with a land-based specialism and has as many general further education students as it has land-based. With many specialist areas, BCA has an outstanding reputation for sports, land-based provision and foundation learning.
We are ambitious for our future and seek to appoint two Vice Principals who will report directly to our Principal for Further Education.
The Vice Principal Curriculum, Adults & Apprenticeships will oversee a range of technical curriculum areas whilst also leading the development and growth of both apprenticeships and adult education. With a broad delivery portfolio, candidates will need to have a deep and thorough understanding of apprenticeships and adult education, as well as T-Levels.
Candidates must be able to demonstrate a track record of quality improvement, as this will be vital in helping ensure that the college secures its status as the ‘go-to’ provider for skills-based education locally.
The Vice Principal Curriculum, Quality & Innovation will bring a well-rounded experience in leading high-quality teaching and learning, planning and delivery.
Experience of short-course provision and maximising opportunities for both learners and employers would be beneficial so that we can further meet the needs of the new Skills Bill and the development of our community and employer engagement. To this end, we need our Vice Principal Curriculum, Quality & Innovation to be able to demonstrate excellent employer and stakeholder engagement.
Appointed candidates into both Vice Principal roles will be joining a dynamic and collegial group of FE and sixth form leaders who share in the positive culture of the Group. This provides opportunities to not only share expertise but to learn new techniques from peers which benefit each college, whilst driving forward the collective growth and success of the Group as a whole. Through these close relationships, we will then continue to create improved outcomes for all our students and our local communities across Maidenhead, Windsor, Slough, Surrey and West London.
Thank you for your interest in the Vice Principal roles available here at The Windsor Forest Colleges Group (TWFCG). Both roles are being recruited to in the context of the exciting merger with Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) due to complete on 1st August 2022 when BCA will join the Group.
The Board is very positive about the future of our Group and the colleges that form it. The merger will bring significant benefits to our students; clear specialisation including comprehensive pathways to high-level technical and professional skills facilitating greater progression opportunities for students and employers.
Our new Vice Principals will play a key role in the successful integration of the merger, focusing on the quality of the experience for all learners. The Vice Principals will be members of the Senior Leadership Team reporting directly to the Principal for Further Education.
To succeed in this role, you will bring a range of relevant skills and experiences gained in a senior leadership position in the education/skills sector. You will know what a great student experience looks like and what it takes to drive quality improvement. You will have the ability to drive curriculum innovation to ensure we are responding to the policy environment, and you will have a deep commitment to delivering first-class student outcomes.
At TWFCG, we place considerable importance on diversity and inclusion and we recognise the diversity of our student body. Therefore, we are keen to attract candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds and actively encourage applications. Please do contact our advising consultants for further information about either role, or TWFCG.
I look forward to receiving your application.
Chief Executive Officer
The Windsor Forest College Group
The Windsor Forest Colleges Group is committed to inclusive and accessible practices. We continue to review and monitor our processes and are keen to ensure that we make provisions where possible. Some examples of provisions we have made include:
Thank you for your interest in this role.
Please download the Role Description and Person Specification for Vice Principal Curriculum, Adults & Apprenticeships, or Vice Principal Curriculum, Quality & Innovation and complete this Equality Monitoring Survey.
To formally apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (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 “VP Curriculum, Quality & Innovation – TWFCG” or “VP Curriculum, Adults & Apprenticeships – TWFCG” into the subject field.
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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.
Disabled applicants 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: 12 p.m. Monday 5th September 2022
Candidates informed of outcome: By 5 p.m. Friday 9th September 2022
First Stage Interviews: Thursday 15th September 2022
Second Stage Interviews: Tuesday 20th September 2022
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