An exceptional opportunity for an inspirational leader looking for a new challenge!
Kirklees College has become one of the biggest colleges in Yorkshire, offering a varied and wide range of courses and study options from entry level to higher education qualifications. With an income of c.£40million we offer a broad curriculum to over 18,000 students across full-time study, apprenticeships and part-time courses. We enjoy strong support from partners in the communities we serve and know that our continued success depends on our ability to continue to provide a learning experience that is second to none. We want the College to grow and flourish, based on a reputation for excellence and inclusion, serving the needs of students and the 1000 employers it works with across West Yorkshire.
Situated in the heart of West Yorkshire our large, vibrant and diverse general further education College has seven centres located across Huddersfield and Dewsbury. Significant capital investment has seen the recent opening of a new Sixth Form Centre for 16-18 year olds in Dewsbury and we are looking forward to the imminent opening of our iconic Pioneer Higher Skills Centre in the town.
The College has been through a period of successful change and improvement over recent years. Our current Principal and Chief Executive, Marie Gilluley is retiring after leading our improvement journey. We continue to focus on the quality of teaching and learning and have made significant progress in improving the quality of outcomes, and progression of our learners over the last five years and Ofsted recognises that Kirklees College continues to be a “Good” college.
The College’s finances continue to strengthen, and we have recently come out of a period of FE Commissioner intervention, having secured restructuring funds and undertaken significant action to improve the operating position. The College is now in a position to continue on the next part of our exciting journey transforming the lives within our community. Our financial outlook is much more positive, with a financial plan in place to move from “Satisfactory” financial health to “Good” financial health by 2021/22. We also have a largely new Executive and Senior Leadership team in place, together with a re–invigorated curriculum management structure.
We need a committed and driven professional to lead the College who has the experience to deliver educational excellence together with the wider strategic knowledge and commercial acumen necessary to sustain our progressive growth and stability. You may already be a Principal in another College ready for a new challenge or an aspirational Deputy, or Vice Principal of a large College who has the capacity to make this final jump to lead a College in your own right. It is not essential for you to come directly from an academic leadership pathway but you will be able to demonstrate what excellent teaching, learning and assessment looks like and have the drive, rigour and tenacity to lead us to even stronger growth and outcomes and greater financial stability.
Our College values seek to inspire and we want our next Principal to do the same. in return we offer you the chance to work with an ambitious and committed Board of Governors and lead one of the region’s largest colleges.
The College Mission is “Creating Opportunity, changing lives”
Our Vision for 2022 is
- First choice in Kirklees for technical and professional careers
- Providing the next route to apprenticeships and employment
- Specialist centres providing for local, regional and national needs
- Aspirational and inclusive in our expectations of students and each other
- A proactive, innovative and trusted local and regional partner
- Good financial health
- A great place to work and study
Our Values Inspire:
The College curriculum portfolio is complex and includes the following provision types spanning from Entry Level – Level 7 across fourteen out of fifteen Subject Sector Areas; 14-16, 16-19 Study Programmes, Apprenticeships, Higher Education and Commercial activities.
The College has nine main faculty areas in providing for our learning community:
- English Maths and Alternate Provisions
- Construction and Land Based
- Business and Computing
- Creative, Media, Hair, Beauty and Hospitality
- Health and Social Care, Childcare, Sports and Public Services
- Foundation, ESOL and Adult E&M
- Teacher Education, Teacher Development and Learning Centres
- Quality, TLA, HE & Teacher Education
- Engineering, Process Manufacturing and Science
From September 2022, the College will be part of the second wave of providers delivering T-Level qualifications. Students will have access to programmes in Digital, Construction, Education, Health and Science, Business and Admin and Engineering and Manufacturing.
A copy of the College Organisation Chart for Curriculum Performance and Innovation can be found in the Downloads section of the pack.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
The College continues to be graded as “Good” by Ofsted and a copy of the March 2018 Ofsted report can be found in the Downloads section of this pack.
Recruitment, Achievement and Retention levels continue to improve year on year. The latest Self-Assessment Report is yet to be ratified by the Board but this information will be made available to candidates when available. A copy of the Self-Assessment Report for 2018-2019 can be found in the Downloads section of this pack.
At Kirklees College we pride ourselves on our successful relationships with employers and our partnership approach. We have a well-established Business Development Team who drive and maintain this activity working with over 1000 employers across the region and linking with our curriculum delivery teams. We have a comprehensive CRM system to manage our employer relationships and requirements. We work with national brands such as Coca-Cola, Fox’s Biscuits and Hovis.
For an informal discussion about this role please contact Ian Sackree (07795 271559) or David Beynon (07970 042334).
The following information about Kirklees College is available in the Downloads section of the Candidate Applicant Pack:
- Report and Financial Statements 2018/2019
- Key Financial KPI Performance Presentation
- Self-Assessment Report 2018/2019
- Ofsted Interim Visit October 2020
- Ofsted Report May 2018
- Strategic Plan 2018/2022
- Adult Prospectus
- FE Prospectus
- HE Prospectus
- Kirklees Region Factsheet
- Application Form
- Equal Opportunities Form
If you wish to apply for this position, then please:
- Complete the application form and email to email@example.com with the subject heading of “Principal”.
- You should also complete the equal opportunities form and attach a CV.
In your application please provide
- Your motivation for applying.
- Your understanding of the key priorities of the role.
- Brief examples of relevant experience and achievements.
- (NB – no more than 3 sides of A4, font 11, Arial).
Protocol will send an acknowledgement of receipt via email to all applicants within 24 hours. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, then please call David Beynon on 07970 042334.
Please provide the names, addresses and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. We expect to take up references for candidates who have been shortlisted unless you tell us otherwise.
Closing Date for Applications: Monday 4th January 2021 @ 12:30pm
Discussions with Protocol: 5th January 2021 onwards
Assessment Centre: Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th January 2021
Organisation: Kirklees College
Salary: circa. £140,000 + relocation
Posted date: 20/11/2020
Closing Date: 04/01/2021