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Assistant Principal - Personal Development, Welfare and Behaviour

Assistant Principal - Personal Development, Welfare and Behaviour

Ambitious College

Haringey / Isleworth

  • Expired
£41,194 - £51,221 per annum
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Apply by:
14 February 2018

Job overview

Are you a skilled Assistant Principal who is passionate about making a difference to the lives of young adults with autism?

If so, we want to hear from you!

There has never been a better time to join Ambitious College. Our College is a unique specialist further education provision for learners aged 16 to 25 with autism and complex needs. We support learners to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to make a successful transition to adulthood and to live and work as part of their community.

An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a passionate, ambitious, highly motivated and inspirational individual to act as Assistant Principal (who will be a member of Ambitious College Senior Leadership Team - SLT) and to work collaboratively with the Principal and Vice Principals.

Your purpose will be to lead, manage and be committed to outstanding practice in the college, across each of its campuses, with specific responsibility for all aspects of learner personal development, welfare and behaviour (PDWB).

As Assistant Principal, your duties will include:

  • Leading and Project Managing the further development of our transdisciplinary approach to working, underpinned by College wide Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) 
  • Working with the VP (TLA), the Head of Curriculum and the Senior PBS Analyst  to develop and model effective Trans Disciplinary Team practices and approaches within the College
  • Leading on the Annual Review Process and ensuring consistency in the delivery of these for our learners
  • Being accountable for staff holding all relevant and required certification in various mandatory training across College
  • Actively engaging in CPD and regularly reflecting on your own practice, working towards personal targets and by participating positively in the arrangements made for performance management and clinical supervision.
  • Updating pastoral related policies including, but not limited, to Positive Handling and Intimate Support.
  • Acting as Designated Safeguarding Lead for Ambitious College, keeping all records up to date and undertaking all related CPD.

You will need:

  • Relevant first degree (psychology/education/Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy)
  • Professional registration or qualification in area of expertise
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of working with autism and its impact on young people and families
  • Experience in the use of positive handling and a commitment to using the least restrictive practice
  • Knowledge and skills of Health and Safety  in the workplace, GDPR principals and Equal Opportunities
  • Experience of strategic and operational planning and project management
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding and personal commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults. Knowledge and experience of being the designated Safeguarding lead and experience of positive handling
  • An understanding of SEND policy and practice in relation to Further Education & Transition

Be extraordinary and join us in making the ordinary possible for young people.

For further details on how you can make a difference and find out what we have to offer please our Recruitment Pack.

How to Apply

To apply please download and complete the application form and the equality monitoring form and send it to

For an informal discussion, please contact Viv Berkeley, Principal on 0203 870 8775.

Closing date: 14 February 2018 (midnight)

Ambitious about Autism is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons from all sections of the community.  We guarantee to interview candidates with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the role as detailed under the person specification.

Please note this post is a designated customer facing role under the fluency duty and requires a specified level of spoken English as stated in the person specification.

Ambitious about Autism is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Please note that at least one reference will be taken up prior to interview and successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

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About Ambitious College

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+44 20 3870 8775

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Ambitious College is a specialist day college for autistic young people aged 16 –25.

The college has two campuses co-located within mainstream colleges in north and west London. These are the Pears Campus at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) in Tottenham and the Pears Campus at West Thames College in Isleworth.

At each campus, there is a team of dedicated and passionate professionals including teachers, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, employment specialists, behaviour specialists and specialist support staff. Using the Ambitious Approach to education, they work together to come up with learning and support approaches tailored to the individual.

Through a range of partnerships with local businesses, community groups and mainstream partners, the college also offer opportunities to learn in the community. This combined approach – personalised education, positive support and real work experience – delivers results. It allows young people to achieve their goals, fulfil their potential and go on to lead active lives in their community.

Head of College: Linda Looney

Values and vision

Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for autistic children and young people. We offer specialist education and support through Ambitious College, TreeHouse School, and The Rise School.

Ambitious College's values define how we work and ensure that children and young people with autism are at the heart of all that we do. We think everyone is entitled to lead a fulfilling, happy, and rewarding life; and this includes young people with autism.

Our learners are at the heart of everything we do, their curriculum is highly personalised to help them achieve their goals. We operate a person-centered approach. It is delivered by our highly skilled and friendly staff. We offer lots of opportunities to learn in the community through a range of partnerships with local employers, services, and our mainstream college partners.

As our name suggests, we are ambitious for our learners. We are a dedicated team of professionals who are passionate about our work in supporting young learners to live ordinary lives in their home community. We know that with the right opportunity and support they can achieve great things.


“Leaders, managers and governors have high ambitions and expectations for  learners. Leaders and managers have developed a good curriculum offer which  enables learners to study one of four pathways: engagement and interaction,  maximum independence, preparing for employment, and vocational learning. As a  result, most learners benefit from an individually tailored and well-taught  programme that is based on their needs, aspirations and ambitions. Learners make  good progress and are prepared well to move from college to the next stage of their  life.”

View Ambitious College’s latest Ofsted report

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