Principal and Chief Executive

AoC Recruitment Services
Brighton, UK
18 Sep 2019
30 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Varndean College is far more than a successful sixth form college with a long-term distinguished record of achievement. We are an aspirational centre of learning that enables staff and students to thrive and reach their highest potential. We are also a highly inclusive institute that welcomes young people and adults from near and far, from local schools and from international communities, creating a lively and cosmopolitan mix of students. We pride ourselves on our supportive and harmonious environment, where every student is given the best opportunity to succeed.

Based in the vibrant city of Brighton and Hove, Varndean College offers a diverse range of education choices, including both academic and vocational programmes, and we are the only state-funded college in the area to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We enjoy a stable financial position with a good financial health grade, and we have an impressive campus close to Brighton city centre.

Rated Good by Ofsted in 2018, our student outcomes and destinations across both academic and vocational programmes are excellent, and we have just celebrated our students' success at the end of another successful academic year. Ofsted has commended the exceptional quality of IB students' work and we have recently ranked second of all sixth form colleges in the country for the value that we add to our students' progress.

We have a superb platform for our new Principal and Chief Executive to further develop and lead the college to ever greater heights. Following the retirement of our current Principal after 13 successful years in post, the new post holder will lead us on our journey of continued excellence, while ensuring our financial viability through diversifying our income and optimising our opportunities for growth. A strong ambassador internally and externally, our new leader will enhance the reach, reputation and influence of the college, while inspiring our staff and learners.

Our successful candidate will demonstrate leadership skills of the highest order, with the ability to motivate at all levels and foster a values-led culture of high aspiration. You should demonstrate a strong track record of achievement in a senior leadership role within an organisation of relevant size, scale and complexity, ideally a college or other education provider, with a sound understanding of quality assurance and financial stewardship. The ability to lead and inspire best practice in teaching and learning is of key importance, as are an entrepreneurial mind-set and the capacity to deliver innovation.

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For a confidential conversation please speak to Bernie Cullen at AoC on 020 7034 2631 or at

Closing date for applications is Sunday 29 September 2019

First round telephone interviews will take place in week commencing Monday 7 October 2019

Final selection will be held in the college on Wednesday 13 November and Thursday 14 November 2019

The start date for this role is August/September 2020

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