Luminate Education Group

Principal - Sixth Forms (LUM81)

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Leeds, West Yorkshire
£72,483 - £104, 666 pa, dependent on outcomes, impact and experience
06 Mar 2023
22 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Thank you for your interest in the role of Principal for Luminate Education Group's sixth forms. We are seeking a Principal who will lead and support the growth of our 1,000 place sixth form in Leeds and the development of Pudsey Sixth Form, due to open September 2024. 

We are looking for an exceptional candidate who will put our students and staff at the centre of their work. At Luminate, we are proud to offer an inclusive sixth form with our provision including a range of A Level, vocational and GCSE resit pathways for students.

This is an exciting time to join Luminate Education Group following our successful Ofsted inspection in May 2022, where our FE Colleges were graded as Good with Outstanding features.   We were recognised for our passionate and expert staff and our work with regional stakeholders to implement education programmes that best fit local employment opportunities.

Our main base is Park Lane Campus, a  15 minute walk from Leeds Train Station.  Leeds is a city at the heart of the action, bursting with life and cultural energy.  A vibrant creative community, with award-winning national theatre and dance companies, a world-class arena, and a thriving independent food scene you won’t find anywhere else.

We are looking  for an ambitious leader with vision and integrity, who will provide strategic and operational leadership to the Sixth Forms going forward.  You will help us to create and support a working environment that celebrates diversity and delivers equality of opportunity for all staff, students and other stakeholders. It is an exciting time to join us due to the development of Pudsey Sixth Form which allows you to be at the forefront of bringing  change and ensuring we deliver an outstanding learning experience to our new students in that area. 

We want to hear from outstanding leaders who have proven success within a sixth form leadership role preferably working closely with the executive team and governing bodies. You will have an understanding of the challenges and areas of growth within the 16-19 education provisions and a strong sense of academic and professional best practice. We are seeking someone who has driven and managed change successfully as well as ensuring staff are motivated and receptive to the change. You will have experience of managing budgets, resources  and staff to ensure we deliver the best outcomes possible for our students who are at the heart of what we do. Furthermore, you will be able to demonstrate outstanding written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to influence a wide range of stakeholders.

We are a great place to work with a warm and inclusive atmosphere existing between our students and staff. Our benefits package includes 37 days annual leave plus bank holidays. In addition, we offer up to 5 discretionary closure days across the year. Option to join a generous  pension scheme (Teachers Pension), discounted travel and the option to apply for a car parking permit as well as numerous other benefits.

If you are looking for your next challenge and want to make a real difference in the lives of the students and the communities we serve in then look no further and press the apply button.

For more information including the job description and the person specification please download the candidate information pack below.

For an informal chat about the role with Gemma Simmons-Blench - Deputy CEO, please contact Hannah Mutters on to arrange this.

Selection interviews will be on Monday 27 March 2023 and if successful a second stage interview will be on Tuesday 28 March 2023.


There are plenty of benefits available to our staff members, here are just a few:

  • Annual leave entitlement - If you work full time, you'll get at least 27 days holiday plus bank holidays and up to 5 discretionary closure days at Christmas (pro rata for part time staff).
    • Support Staff 27 days (increasing to 32 days after 5 years service)
    • Academic 37 days
    • Senior Management 37 days
  • Generous Pension schemes
    • Teachers’ Pension Scheme 
    • Local Government Pension Scheme 
  • Memberships and discounts - employees can sign up to various membership cards and discount schemes such as TOTUM card (formerly NUS card). 
  • Travel and commuting - discounted travel available through Metro card, Northern Rail, First Bus, Arriva Bus and Cycle to work schemes.
  • Learning and development opportunities -  including staff development days
  • Employee wellbeing initiatives
  • Flexible and hybrid working opportunities - this will vary depending on role requirements

About Us

By joining Leeds Sixth Form College you join a community dedicated to improving the lives of young people through education. Whether you’re inspiring the next generation with your committed teaching or supporting the work of those who do, you know you will be making a positive impact every day. 

Choosing to work for Leeds Sixth Form College means that you will be part of a vibrant and diverse learning environment, delivering excellent and innovative education which is supportive, inspiring and life changing. We hope that we will be part of the next step in your career and look forward to welcoming you to Leeds Sixth Form College. 


At Luminate Education Group we are committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our students including children, young people, and vulnerable adults. We expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow the Safer Recruitment requirements and best practice as set out within Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance. All successful applicants will be required to complete mandatory pre-employment checks which include an enhanced DBS check, online checks and must have two satisfactory references. Please be aware that it is a criminal offence to apply for this post if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity in connection to children.

Job description and person specification available by following the apply link.