Orchard Hill

Deputy Head of College – Orchard Hill College, Southwark Region

Please note this vacancy application date has now passed

We have an exciting opportunity for a second Deputy Head of College to join our College centre in Southwark. At Orchard Hill College we support students with a range of Special Educational Needs to build their futures and secure life changing outcomes. This is a critical role for the continued success of the College as an Ofsted Outstanding Provider and as a national advocate for young people and adults with SEND.

What’s in it for you? / Why Should You Apply?  

  • You want to make a difference in the lives of our students and their families.
  • You are looking for a role where you are given the opportunity and freedom to develop a person-centred provision that enables and empowers our students to live meaningful lives after College, whilst being valued members of their community.
  • You want to lead a creative curriculum set within student-centred learning pathways.
  • You want to work in an Ofsted Outstanding specialist College.
  • You want to work with a diverse and inspiring student population.
  • You enjoy working as part of a collaborative multi-disciplinary team.
  • You have a strong commitment to student and staff well-being and want to work in an organisation with the same strong values.
  • You can receive support from peers at other College centres, combined with Supportive Line Management from the Senior Leadership Team.

What we look for in our staff?

  • You will be an exceptional classroom practitioner who is able to develop staff through coaching, mentoring and modelling good practice.
  • You will be reflective and progressive, ensuring your practice and subject knowledge remains up to date.
  • You are aspirational for yourself, your team, and the students you support.
  • You are the kind of College leader who is responsive to student and staff needs and relishes the opportunity to build on and improve what is already in place
  • You will be somebody who can develop networks and build relationships across new and existing stakeholder groups.
  • You are a positive role model who excites and motivates your team.

Orchard Hill College has nine vibrant community based College Centres across London where committed, specialist teams deliver a range of programmes to meet the needs of over 400 students.

For an informal discussion about the role, or to arrange a visit, candidates are invited to contact Jacqui Steel; Head of College Region, via email jsteel@orchardhill.ac.uk.

To view the full job description and person specification, or to apply for this role, please click here. You will be redirected to apply via our online TES portal.

Your application form will be scored according to each of the requirements laid out in the person specification for this role. Please demonstrate in your statement how your experience, skills and knowledge match the criteria that are required for the role.

Please note that CV applications cannot be considered.

Closing Date:  9am Tuesday 3rd October 2023

Interviews will take place on:  w/c 9th October 2023

Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Appointments made will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.