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Arden Care & College, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0TZ

Priory Group Division

Education & Children's Services

Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£60,000 per annum


Full time

Job Advert Role Description

We require a skilled leader who can demonstrate substantial experience of working in a senior leadership role with students who have Autism and/or learning disabilities. Our new leader must be prepared to work hard and lead the committed team through a period of change, improvement and development

The position as Principal of the college would also include management oversight of the residential homes associated with the college, these are both CQC registered homes and homes providing Independent Living.

We are looking for a leader who:

  • Places high quality outcomes at the heart of everything in the College and associated homes
  • Has a proven background in leading an independent education provision
  • Has a management qualification or higher qualification
  • Is committed to quality improvements and is adept at using data to monitor and review success across all aspects of the college and homes
  • Understanding the importance of providing flexible and personalised packages to meet the needs of every student
  • Has strong communication skills both verbally and in writing
  • Has successful experience of working in partnership with local authorities, parents and other stakeholders
  • Is experienced in managing staff and challenging them to achieve the highest quality
  • Has good commercial understanding with experience in managing a budget and able to lead the strategic development of the service.

Arden College is a specialist day and residential college for students aged 16-25 years with Autism and associated conditions and/or learning disabilities.  The College is at an exciting time in its development as work is about to start on a new college building which will transform the provision on offer.

Your Benefits

  • Online discounts and cashback for high street to holidays
  • Free monthly £1,000 colleague lotto
  • We pay for your DBS
  • Career Pathways – Our commitment to your career progression
  • Pension scheme
  • Cash for colleagues - Earn money for friends you recommend.

Priory Education and Children’s Services is a leading company in the UK offering independent behavioural care for commissioners across the UK. With over 100 high quality schools, colleges and homes we focus on making a real and lasting difference for everyone we support.

If you have been affected by coronavirus, or are tired of working from home we have care and education roles available across the country on a temp, part-time and full time basis.

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For all roles we require a minimum of two references.  References provided must cover the last 3 years, for all of our services we will need to request all references from where you have worked with either Children or Vulnerable Adults. Please be advised that references may be requested prior to interview for roles within our schools.

About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.


Priory Education Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and disclosures with the relevant body at an enhanced level. We are an equal opportunities employer. Priory Education and Children's services will cover the cost of a DBS.


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