Deputy Principal

We require a highly committed and focused professional who can oversee excellence in our teaching and learning, as well as an outstanding student experience.

You should already be an accomplished senior leader in the education sector who consistently exemplifies and expects the highest standards in all that you do.

You will have significant experience in a strategic curriculum leadership role and a proven record of developing and implementing successful quality assurance strategies.

You will need to maintain the responsiveness of our curriculum in matching the current and future needs of learners, employers and the local economy, and have the rigour, purpose and pace needed to lead the development of the Curriculum and play a leading role in developing the next phase of our Strategic Plan.

You will have direct experience of Ofsted inspection leadership with extensive knowledge or experience of the Education Inspection Framework.

You will have demonstrable success in managing, motivating and developing a senior team to improve organisational performance and produce outstanding results, in a changing educational context.

You should be comfortable working with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders - and also have the character to deliver strong partnerships at the local, regional and national level.

Possessing strong and inspirational leadership capabilities and senior management experience in a further education-based organisation, you should also have contributed to building a workforce and learning culture that matches our inclusive values as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces © – and have an instinctive commitment to strong communication, collaboration, fairness, respect and transparency.

Further details including a Person Specification are included within the attached Job Description.

About Oldham College

Oldham College is ‘Where Learning Works and Skills Pay’ with a focus on skills and technical based learning. We are essential to the delivery of post-16 education and skills interventions in this borough and beyond.

Our focus on technical, professional and vocational opportunities for all ages and adult learning, including higher qualifications, sets us apart locally in providing a coherent, alternative set of work and classroom-based pathways for all learners seeking to progress in careers outside the residential three-year degree route.

Our courses are closely aligned to local, economic need and cover key industry sectors. We work with more than 700 businesses offering high-quality apprenticeships and placements to give learners ‘hands-on’ experience for their futures, and to produce the next generation of high-quality, skilled talent for employers.

We are proud of our transformation and achievements over the past decade - and that is matched by our confidence about the next exciting chapter in our journey.

Our town centre campus has attracted around £45 million in investment during recent times to deliver state-of-the-art and inspirational learner environments on a site which now ranks alongside the best in the Greater Manchester region.

Recent additions include a new £9 million Construction Centre, the incorporation of the former GM UTC into our estate, plus significant investment in our T Level facilities.

Oldham College’s profile has also flourished with national recognition and awards acknowledging the calibre of our teaching and learning, and our contributions to the local economy and community. These include, for example, being named the Edufuturists ‘FE College of the Year’ 2021, and a Princess Royal Training Award for our flagship Teaching for Distinction programme. We are also part of the WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence and a Beacon Awards 2022/23 finalist for our ‘Support for Students’.

Closing date for applications will be Wednesday 20th September 2023

Interviews will be held w/c 25th September

To apply please follow the link and supply a covering letter highlighting your suitability and how you meet the essential requirements set out in the person specification, along with your current remuneration details.

A comprehensive CV setting out your career history, responsibilities and achievements is also required.

Should you wish an informal conversation about the role, please contact Sarah Harris by email at  to arrange

If your application is successful, your personal data may be used for a pre-employment screening check by a third party as permitted by applicable law. Depending on the vacancy and applicable laws, a pre-employment screening could include, employment history, education and other information (such as media information) that may be necessary for determining your qualifications and suitability for the role.

Oldham College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.

 Any appointments will be subject to enhanced DBS checks and a check of the DfE Barred List

This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation Act 1974. It is an offence to apply for the role if the applicant is barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children and vulnerable adults.

For further information about the role please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.