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Vice Principal




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

Priory Group Division

Education & Children's Services

Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


Up to £48,000 per annum


40 hours per week

Job Advert Role Description

Aspris Children’s Services (an independent company which was formally Priory Education and Children’s Services) is one of the UK’s leading independent providers of specialist care and education for a reason. We recruit some of the most committed people in this sector.

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

The successful candidate will have a range of qualities and skills that will enable them to work proactively using their own initiative, as part of an experienced leadership team and under the direction of the Principal and Operations Director.

The position of Vice Principal of the college would also include some management oversight of the residential homes associated with the college, these are CQC registered homes.

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 leadership of specialist education provision
  • Has a management or leadership qualification or evidence of further development and/or study
  • Is committed to quality improvements and is adept at using a range of methods to monitor and review success across all aspects of the college and homes
  • Is confident with legislation and policy on Safeguarding Children and Safeguarding Adults
  • Understands the importance of providing flexible and personalised packages to meet the needs of every student
  • 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 a good understanding of autism including barriers to learning and a sound knowledge of what drives behaviours.

Skills Required

  • Good organisation skills, an ability to manage your own time and work to deadlines
  • Good literacy skills, written communication skills and an ability to write reports for a range of audiences
  • Sound working knowledge of technology, proficient in using a range of applications including the Microsoft suite
  • Strong understanding of confidentiality and GDPR for both staff and students
  • Confident interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to support and lead a team as you will be involved in the day to day management of staff, staffing rotas and addressing any identified concerns or problems both informally and formally when required
  • Strong theoretical and working understanding of autism, learning disability and the functions of behaviour
  • Experienced in working alongside families and a range of professionals and be able to lead meetings as appropriate.
  • Act as a deputy designated safeguarding officer for the college and will engage in relevant training to support this.

As Vice Principal you will be expected to lead the college in the absence of the Principal. You will assist the Principal in the smooth running of the college including the management of health and safety, staff training, risk assessment, regulatory checks and inspections, recruitment, induction and recording and reporting in line with company policy.  You will be able to create care plans as part of a multi-disciplinary team, monitor their implementation and undertake regular reviews.  

The successful candidate must be prepared to access training as relevant to the role and take ownership of their own professional development.

For further information, to arrange a visit or request a prospectus please contact Siobhan Partington, Principal, on 01704 534433.

Aspris 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 the Disclosure & Barring Service.

What do you get in return?

  • A generous salary
  • Being part of a company that invests in you and your team for personal and professional development
  • Reward and discount schemes
  • Pension
  • Enhanced DBS fee paid
  • Access to a holiday package
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Wellbeing support.

You can be part of something special

At Aspris, we are dedicated to enhancing the life opportunities of the children and young people within our homes, and always celebrate uniqueness and diversity.

Our homes are part of a large children’s group with a national footprint offering significant development, support and progression opportunities. We also operate a fostering service and a number of high quality specialist schools in both the UK and the Middle East. 

Arden College is situated on 2 sites in and around Southport, a vibrant and cultured town on the west coast of Lancashire. The college makes the most of its position and much of the extended college curriculum is located within the community and vocational settings within the region. Arden is a specialist college for students aged 16-25 with autism, complex learning dificulties and challenging behaviours. Some of the students live in one of our eight residential homes in the local community. Individual College programmes of day or residential  support are available as either 38 of 52 week placements. The college and residential provision work in line with the Preparing for Adulthood Agenda in promoting the health needs, independence skills, employability and community inclusion of the students.

Arden college provides an inclusive and therapeutic environment that supports students with their individualised communication, sensory and emotional needs.

Arden college is inspected by OFSTED and is graded as Good (2019).  Under new leadership, the college is seeking to further develop its specialism in autism and is working towards an outstanding future for its students and staff.   

Division DBS info


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

Our UK specialist schools, colleges, children’s homes and fostering agency provide the highest standards of support to children with a range of needs. This includes autism, learning difficulties, social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties and supporting some of society’s most vulnerable children. With a large national footprint, as well as education services in the Middle East, this also offers significant and exciting development and progression opportunities for our staff.


Aspris Education & Children's 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. Aspris Education and Children's services will cover the cost of a DBS.


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