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Head of College




Farleigh FE College Frome, North Parade, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2AB

Priory Group Division

Education & Children's Services

Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£60k - £70k dependent on experience

Job Advert Role Description

Farleigh Further Education College Frome is an independent specialist college for young people aged 16 to 25 who have an ASD diagnosis.

The College supports both day and residential learners and has a number of residential homes linked to the provision.

The college provides academic and vocational pathways with courses delivered on site and at partnership colleges allowing our students to access a wide range of learning opportunities. The College also offers a comprehensive work place learning route.

We aim to provide every young person with a programme of education,  work experience, life skills and training within the community, to enable them to live as independently as possible.

Our dedicated team of staff create a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment where our learners have a sense of belonging. Our approach enables young people to develop the confidence and skills they need to progress towards adulthood, the workplace or higher education and sustainable independent living in the community.


This is an exciting leadership opportunity for an experienced education practitioner with a proven track record of leadership in both SEND and further education provision.  

Supported by an executive team the post holder will oversee the day to day operational management of the College and will also be pivotal in developing and establishing a shared vision and strategic plan for the College.

The post holder will be an inspirational leader who is passionate about providing quality contemporary further education and residential care. Candidates must have a good understanding of the complexities of the further education and be able to develop a cohesive vision within a multi-faceted provision.

You will be committed to nurturing a culture of high expectation and excellent outcomes for young people and ensure that Safeguarding remains a top priority across the full remit of the College.


With excellent communication skills you will develop and nurture positive and engaging relationships with both internal and external stakeholders. You will be a focused and decisive leader who will provide an encouraging and supportive environment to ensure our staff team flourish. As a creative and strategic thinker you will embed a culture of high standards whilst optimising opportunities for development. You will have a dynamic and flexible approach with the ability to provide challenge and  encourage continuous improvement.


Candidates must have an excellent understanding of statutory and regulatory requirements and experience of the inspection process.

Experience of and an understanding of the requirements of residential provision would be an advantage.

If you share our determination to achieve the best possible outcomes for our young people, we can promise you a collaborative culture, ongoing professional development and ample scope to use your creativity and initiative as part of a highly energised and supportive team.

You will benefit from a bespoke induction programme and the support and guidance of senior colleagues across Priory Education Services.

Applicants must have a  formal recognised teaching qualification.

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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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