Principal and Chief Executive Officer, North East Lincolnshire

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Franklin CollegeNorth East Lincolnshire

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Start date: ASAP (Negotiable with candidates’ notice periods)
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: starting salary up to £105,000 plus attractive relocation package
Contract term: Permanent

Franklin College is located on an attractive campus in North East Lincolnshire, close to Grimsby town centre, with a direct commute from much of the North East, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.  The well respected academic Sixth Form College has been providing high quality education in the area for over 25 years. 

During 2016 there were 2,100 students on roll, of which over 1,600 were 16-19, predominantly on Level 3 courses. The local education context is complex and diverse; all secondary schools within the immediate area are now self-governing Academies and Lincolnshire also has a range of selective grammar schools. Within the area, there is the full mix of Further Education providers including an FE College with growing HE provision as well as selective school sixth forms.

Franklin offers the widest range of A Levels, BTECs, CTECs and GCSEs in the area, and every year, about 90% of Franklin College students who apply for higher education gain a place at their first-choice university, with a significant number achieving places within Russell Group establishments. The College has close relationships with the Universities of Hull and Lincoln and is an Associate College of both. Students who choose a more vocational route gain well respected apprenticeships with national and local providers and others go into employment. The College plays an important role in the community and works with local and national companies, clubs, societies and charities to provide a very wide range of student enrichment and employment opportunities. Franklin is delighted with the long tradition of students achieving excellent results and leaving College ready to take the next step in their career path.

The College is well-resourced to meet the needs of all students, with subjects being taught in areas specifically designed to meet the requirements of post-16 study.  Over £6 million has been invested in our buildings and facilities in recent years - without incurring any bank borrowings. Franklin is proud to support Equality, Diversity and Inclusion among students and staff - the College has attained Investors in Diversity status.

Franklin College Governors are seeking to appoint someone with outstanding drive, commitment and enthusiasm to lead the College in the next phase of its development upon the retirement of our current Principal, Trevor Wray. The ideal candidate will be a senior leader in a Sixth Form College, a General FE College with a good understanding of 16-18 education, or a school with a substantial Sixth Form. Franklin’s new and nationally significant Sixth Form College partnership means that this role has the breadth and scope to offer excellent career satisfaction to an existing Principal or Head seeking a fresh challenge, whilst our staff and systems will ensure that a successful and motivated Deputy, Vice Principal or Deputy Head will be capable of achieving great things in Franklin.

The College has worked in partnership with the other Sixth Form Colleges in the Humber area to establish the innovative ‘Venn4 Federation’. This exciting partnership enables the four Colleges to form a federated structure to promote and support collaboration, whilst retaining their individual character and independence as incorporated Sixth Form Colleges. The successful candidate, together with Colleague Principals from the other three Colleges, will take a strategic lead on the future direction, result and success of the Venn4 Partnership. 

The College Governors envisage that the successful candidate will have a strong current knowledge of national and local issues in the sixth form sector and the ability and personality to work co-operatively with our stakeholders at all levels.  The College’s current OfSTED grade (‘3’ – RI) is a disappointment, but all staff and Governors are committed to a speedy return to ‘Good’ with the intention to progress to ‘Outstanding’ as soon as possible.

Franklin is a member of the Sixth Form Colleges Association and the Association of Colleges. Regionally the College works with Norvic (Northern Sixth Form Colleges Federation) for the purposes of development and mutual support. 

We are the Sixth Form College of choice for more than 2,000 students….come and join in our success.  

Closing date for receipt of applications: 11pm, 2nd October 2017.

Shortlisting will take place as soon as possible thereafter.

Interviews are likely to take place during week commencing 9th October 2017. 

For further details and an application pack for this post please visit or for further enquiry contact our advisers, ASDTi on 01457 851407 or 07736 775776. You can call us evenings or weekends on these numbers if there’s anything you’d like to know, or to arrange a visit.

Franklin College is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment. 

This College is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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More about Franklin College
Phase: Further Education
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 16+ years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Chelmsford Avenue, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN34 5BY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1472 875000
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Franklin College is a thriving, successful sixth form college serving North East Lincolnshire and the surrounding rural and coastal area, with around 1,600 full-time 16-18 and 700 part-time adult students. We are an inclusive college with an excellen...