Vice Principal - Tresham College

Are you ready to drive change and innovation in education?

Tresham College, part of The Bedford College Group, is seeking a visionary Vice Principal to lead our Health and Social Care, Business, Visitor Economy, Sport, Public Services, and Hair and Beauty curriculum areas and spearhead our strategic vision of education in the region.  With a vibrant community of over almost 6,000 learners split across 16-18 education and adult education, we're on a journey of growth and empowerment.

This role offers a unique opportunity to shape tomorrow's workforce. Join us in making a real difference in Northamptonshire and beyond.

About the role

As the Vice Principal at Tresham College, your role will encompass a variety of key responsibilities. You will provide committed leadership and effective management across our campuses, ensuring the delivery of high-quality education and fostering achievement among our students. Your involvement in the ongoing development of The Bedford College Group will be instrumental, aligning with our vision and strategies for growth and excellence. With oversight of all aspects of provision for your defined curriculum areas at Tresham, you'll guarantee adherence to statutory requirements, policies, and procedures, ensuring effective communication and implementation throughout. Upholding our culture and values, you'll play a vital role in shaping the educational landscape and empowering our students for success.

About you

Ideal candidates for this role should possess a strong background in leadership within the education, skills, or training sector, with recent experience in a leadership role. You should demonstrate proficiency in managing curriculum development and implementing change initiatives, along with proven experience in budget management. Additionally, candidates should have a track record of effectively managing quality systems to ensure continuous improvement. A comprehensive understanding of current further and higher education funding mechanisms is essential to excel in this position.

Qualification profile

Candidates for this position should hold a degree-level qualification, providing a solid foundation in education or a related field. Additionally, a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) or Cert Ed (Certificate in Education) teaching qualification (or equivalent), is required to demonstrate the necessary pedagogical expertise and teaching proficiency.

Successful candidates must also be able to demonstrate alignment to our organisational VISION values:

  • Valuing Teamwork - We are one team who by working together can achieve great things, respecting the opinion and valuing the contribution each of us makes.
  • Improving Continuously - We challenge ourselves to always do better by trying new things, sharing knowledge, reflecting on practice and learning from others.
  • Student Centred - At our heart is always doing what is best for our students. We consider students in all of our decision making to create positive outcomes and memorable experiences for every student.
  • Inclusive - We celebrate differences and diversity, recognising that we can learn from each other.
  • Open and Caring - We care about the wellbeing of our staff, our students, our community and wider society, creating an environment built on trust where we listen, engage with and support each other.
  • Nurturing Education Excellence - We promote educational excellence by delivering programmes that challenge our students to achieve their ambitions.

About The Bedford College Group

The Bedford College Group was formed in 2017 following the merger of Bedford College and Tresham College and is now the largest provider of education in the South East Midlands, with over 15,000 students passing through our doors each year.

Today, the Group is made up of a family of colleges across Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire: Bedford College, Central Bedfordshire College and Tresham College in the towns of Bedford, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough; Shuttleworth College, a specialist land-based college; The Bedford Sixth Form, (the only dedicated sixth form in Bedford); The Corby Sixth Form, (opened in September 2023); and the National College for Motorsport alongside Silverstone race circuit. To widen accessibility to education and training, the Group also has community-based Learning Centres in Bedford, Corby, Wellingborough and Kettering which offer IT training.

Safeguarding our Students

The Bedford College Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to thorough vetting process which includes, an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Exceptions Order 1975, provides information about which convictions must be declared during job applications and related exceptions and further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide. The Bedford College Group's policy on Employment of Ex-Offenders is attached to this vacancy.
Candidates who are barred from working with children are reminded it is a criminal offence to apply for this post.

Terms and Conditions - Bedford College

  • 37 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • 35 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Teachers Pension 
  • Free on-site parking (subject to availability)
  • Retail and leisure discounts

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