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Deputy Principal (Deputy Chief Executive) Curriculum and Quality

  • Locations

    York, UK
  • Salary

  • Sector

    Leadership & Management
  • Type



Where everyone matters and a successful future begins

York College is the largest further education college in the region offering a comprehensive range of courses from Level 1 to degree level, making it the top choice for aspiring learners. Committed to upholding the values of ambitioncarerespect and success, our college is dedicated to providing the highest standards of education.

We are seeking a visionary Deputy Principal (Deputy Chief Executive) to join our senior leadership team. The successful candidate will play a crucial role in shaping the strategic direction of the college, driving educational excellence and ensuring outstanding outcomes for our learners. With a strong commitment to leadership and innovation, the Deputy Principal (Deputy Chief Executive) will inspire staff and students alike, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and community engagement.

We have engaged FE Associates to help us with this crucial role. Contact our lead consultant,, before the closing date to find out more about this exciting opportunity.

About Us – Welcome

Dear colleague,

I am delighted you are interested in joining me and the team at York College and University Centre. It really is a wonderful place to work and study and I am sure you will love the college as much as our staff, students and apprentices do.

With a history stretching back nearly 200 years, we are a key part of the education landscape in York and North Yorkshire. This role will be a crucial addition to the strategic leadership of the college as we start the really exciting next phase of our development as we look to set the strategic direction of the college to take us to 2030 and beyond.

We have a very interesting and broad curriculum offer. It is the widest in the region, this means we serve the needs of York and North Yorkshire well. We offer A-Levels, T Levels and vocational study programmes to around 3,700 16-to-18-year-olds, a range of adult learning programmes, apprenticeships to around 900 apprentices and higher level study (including degrees). We engage with over 1,000 businesses to meet their needs and aspirations.

As a college, we are keen to ensure that we are brilliant in everything that we do and this role will support this ambition. Working closely with colleagues across the college, you will ensure that we support students and apprentices to be successful in their time at college and in their careers once they leave the college. You will also be pivotal in ensuring staff feel supported and develop themselves while they are working at the college.

The Deputy Principal (Deputy Chief Executive) Curriculum and Quality will be a visionary leader who possesses a deep understanding of educational pedagogy and curriculum development. You will be responsible for ensuring the highest standards of teaching, learning and assessment across the institution and will come to us with a proven track record of improving academic outcomes, fostering innovation in curriculum design and effectively managing quality assurance processes. You will need to be adept at leading and inspiring teams, driving continuous improvement and maintaining a relentless focus on student success and experience.

We are looking for someone who will be ambitious for the college to be successful, who will care about our students and apprentices, and who will always do the right things, in the right way, for the right reasons. If you think this is you, then I would welcome you to apply for our fantastic role and look forward to meeting you through the recruitment process.

We have appointed FE Associates to support us with this important appointment. Interested parties are advised to make contact with our recruitment partner, by emailing, before the closing date and prior to submitting an application.

Best wishes,

Ken Merry
Principal and Chief Executive

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