Leeds City College

Head of School, Business (Ref: LCC2466)

Leeds, West Yorkshire
£41,843.29 to £45,711.59 DOE
19 Mar 2021
16 Apr 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

** COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 there may be delays in both the recruitment and onboarding processes. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. **

Luminate Education Group consists of; Harrogate College (HC), Keighley College (KC), Leeds City College (LCC), Leeds Conservatoire (LC) and White Rose Academies Trust (WRAT) Luminate Education Group is one of the fastest improving and most innovative education groups in the country. 


This is a fabulous opportunity to join the College Management Team and be part of one of the largest further education institutions in the country. As a Head of School at our flagship Printworks campus, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of this diverse Business school and develop a cutting-edge curricula in one of the largest business-centred cities outside of London. Our Heads work with few rules but clear boundaries and enjoy autonomy to independently lead and shape their school and actively contribute to wider college life. They place the quality of teaching, learning and the stakeholder experience at the heart of their decision making and provide first-class curriculum and business leadership. We are looking for an individual with experience of developing vocational and professional curricula, who has lots of enthusiasm, will embrace change, has a natural can-do attitude, will provide strong operational and developmental leadership and foster a culture which connects, engages and empowers our staff, and student family to grow and flourish whilst we’re on our journey to achieving outstanding.


  • Plan, develop and deliver a curriculum which effectively meets the needs of learners and employers.
  • Deliver outstanding outcomes in terms of retention, achievement, success and progression.
  • Exceed targets for income diversity and volume, as well as for financial contribution.
  • Provide leadership in the enhancement of learning and teaching.
  • Provide day to day line management for staff and leadership to staff working within the Department/School across all Campuses.
  • Ensure the Department/School is efficiently run and delivers its financial contribution targets.
  • Ensure that all courses within the Department/School are run effectively and meet awarding body, funding and quality agency requirements.


  • You will be an excellent communicator
  • You will have a solution focused, evidenced based approach to decision making.
  • You will have a thorough and up to date Knowledge of Government policy in relation to education and training, including its funding and curriculum / qualification reform.
  • You will have proven experience managing staff in a FE educational setting.
  • You will have proven experience in highly-effective curriculum management, including planning, monitoring, reviewing and improving .
  • You will have experience of successful administration and management of financial budgets


Leeds City College is part of the Luminate Education Group, and is one of the UK’s largest FE establishments with around 1,440 employees and over 22,560 students. We offer a curriculum as diverse as our students within a vibrant and multicultural learning environment. Our goal is to deliver excellent and innovative education which supports and inspires every student to achieve their ambitions. 


We have a range of excellent benefits and rewards at Leeds City College, including:

  • Annual leave entitlement starting from 27 days + 8 bank holidays and up to 5 discretionary college closure days at Christmas

  • Excellent pension scheme with the West Yorkshire Pension Fund and the Teachers’ Pension

  • Discounted travel cards for those who regularly use public transport across the region with Northern Rail and Metro

  • Exceptional learning and development opportunities for all of our staff


Luminate Education Group is committed to the Safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

All successful applicants are required to complete all mandatory pre-employment checks, including:

  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check

  • Children’s barred list check (we may also check the adult barred list if the role involves working with vulnerable adults)

  • Two professional references 

  • Fitness to work, this is conducted by our occupational health partners, NHS Airedale 

  • Section 128 check for all staff entering management roles

  • Prohibition check for all staff entering teaching related roles

Please Note: All successful applicants who have lived or travelled overseas for three months or more in the past five years will be required to undertake an overseas check as part of the pre-employment checks.

More information on overseas checks can be found on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-records-checks-for-overseas-applicants 

We cannot accept CVs as part of the application process. 

All offers of employment are subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks.


The UK Government introduced a new points based immigration system on 1 January 2021. You can read about the new immigration routes on the Gov.UK website here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-immigration-system-what-you-need-to-know#visa-application-process 

Many of the new routes require sponsorship from an employer. Luminate Education Group is not a licenced sponsor. We are unable to employ anyone without current, and appropriate right to work in the UK.  

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and you were resident in the UK on or before 31 December 2020, you have until 30 June 2021 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, you can continue to prove your right to work in the UK with your passport and identity card up until 30 June 2021. 

There is no change to immigration and right to work for British and Irish Citizens. 


We positively welcome applications from all sections of the community, all candidates will be treated fairly irrespective of race, gender or gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religion and belief or age.


For more information about the role please contact:

Denise Meney    Denise.Meney@leedscitycollege.ac.uk 

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to every applicant. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. 


Luminate Education Group vacancies generate a lot of interest and we receive many calls and emails from recruitment agencies. Although we do appreciate the interest you have shown in Luminate Education Group, our policy is to recruit candidates directly wherever possible. We therefore do not accept any cold calls, speculative emails or CVs from agencies. Speculative emails and CVs will be deleted unread.