Principal, Wandsworth

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St Francis Xavier Sixth Form CollegeWandsworth

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Start date: September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No


Salary - Competitive

Required for September 2020

Due to the retirement of the current postholder, the Governors of St. Francis Xavier Sixth Form College (SFX) are looking for an exceptional leader to drive the College forward.  

The successful applicant must be a practising Catholic with the drive, ambition and vision to sustain our reputation for quality.  Above all, you will be passionate about shaping the future of young people, ensuring that every learner has the opportunity to reach his / her potential.  

Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Sixth Form College is a dynamic and ambitious Sixth Form College, one of the closest to both the City of London and to the Houses of Parliament.  Rated “Good” by Ofsted (in 2018), and with robust financial health, the College is in a strong position to make an ever greater educational impact upon the lives of young people who are often the first in their family to consider university or higher level employment and training. The College was established as inner London’s first Sixth Form College in 1985 and it has continued to be a leader in educational practice and to embrace innovation in the interests of serving its students and helping them to develop transferable skills for the future. Currently, it is embarking upon a journey to achieve one of the first awards of “Apple Distinguished” status for its digital innovation practice in teaching, learning and assessment. 

The College serves almost 1200 full-time students, with an early years’ nursery as an additional provision. Our broad-ranging curriculum, excellent pastoral support and added value outcomes reflect our passionate commitment to ensuring students can enjoy highly effective teaching and learning in a supportive and well-resourced environment which enables all to reach their full potential. We shun complacency and have an ambition for continuous improvement, a mind-set which we seek to instil in our students. 

Our College community is genuinely diverse, with respect to staff and students, and shares a strong Catholic ethos which is at the heart of all aspects of our work.  We thrive on our many engagements and connections with Higher Education, with employers and with external agencies and we relish the challenge of working out how best to position our young people to compete and flourish in the future.  

To apply for this position, applicants must complete the Catholic Education Service Application Form and return to 

To find out more please visit 

For an informal and confidential discussion please contact Eleanor Lewis, Clerk to the Governors on 020 8772 6062 (07715 102 449) 

Closing date: 23rd February 2020 at midnight.

Shortlisting will take place on 26th February 2020.

Interviews will be held on 16th and 17th March 2020.

SFX is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of young people. Successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

More about St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College
Phase: Further Education
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 16+ years
Denomination: Roman Catholic
Address: Malwood Road, Balham, London, SW12 8EN, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 20 8772 6000
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St. Francis Xavier Sixth Form College is a 16-19 Catholic College located in South London, adjacent to Clapham Common in the London Borough of Wandsworth and bordering the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. Established in 1985, we curren...