Rochdale Sixth Form College
Deputy Principal (Student performance, progression & welfare)

SALARY: c£70,000 
[L20-L27] depending on skills & experience.

Help with relocation may also be available.

This is a permanent, full-time role;
starting asap - but the date is fully negotiable.

Location: Rochdale, Greater Manchester

This is an incredible opportunity for an outstanding teacher who would like to help to lead Rochdale Sixth Form College into the next stage of its development. The College is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and has secured a national reputation since opening in 2010. The College is also established as a National Support School, as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. 

The role will suit an inspirational Assistant Principal, Vice Principal, Assistant Head, Deputy Head or high-performing Middle-Leader with pastoral experience in a Sixth Form College or a secondary school with a significant KS5 , who is looking for a new challenge - the continued development of one of the UK's most successful Sixth Form Colleges. The establishment and growth of our Altus Education Trust offers additional opportunities for professional and leadership development.    

This is a unique opportunity – the scope and breadth of the role, together with the remuneration package, will be tailored to your skills and achievements, so ensuring a richly rewarding – yet challenging – role for the successful applicant.


The post has arisen as part of a reorganisation of our Senior Leadership Team to better face the challenges of the next phase of the college's development - we are now a well-established and highly successful college, beginning to grow a Multi-Academy Trust.
We are looking for excellent teacher who is a committed and creative pastoral leader to join our senior team with a collegiate, inspirational and inclusive style as well as the vision, experience and expertise to help take Rochdale Sixth Form College on to the next stage of its development.

There is flexibility regarding the start date. We understand that this role may appeal to Assistant Principals/AssistantHeads and Deputies in both Colleges and Schools-with-sixth-forms. In consequence, although we would be happy if the successful candidate could join us as soon as possible, we are fully prepared to consider other dates to fit in with your availability.

We are keen to build on our successes, maintain & develop our nurturing ethos, and continue the quest for outstanding outcomes for all our students.

About Rochdale Sixth Form College

A nationally-regarded Sixth Form College in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, we have been confirmed as one of the very best Colleges for ‘A’-level progress in each of the last 4 years – an unprecedented achievement,

What Others Say

Our OfSTED report is currently Grade 1 'Outstanding', and we are a National Support School as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. Our financial health has also been assessed as 'Oustanding' .

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We have prepared a comprehensive information pack which includes a letter from the Principal, a Job Description, a Person Specification, the Application Form, and other documents with the information you'll need.

"Support for students is excellent. Initial assessment is used very effectively to provide highly individualised and focused support. Work outside lessons effectively develops students’ independent learning skills."
OfSTED, 2013


The College is located in the centre of Rochdale adjacent to a General Further Education College, which delivers a wide range of vocational and HE provision across a range of levels. The College is still a relatively new Sixth Form College, established and built in a new £27m campus forming a part of the Education Quarter of Rochdale town centre in 2010, following a Strategic Area Review, which concluded that the existing A-Level provision in the Borough was expensive, dispersed and unsustainable in the long term. 

In September 2010, when the College was opened, there were two faith schools with sixth-form provision in Rochdale, one of which operated as part of a three-way partnership in one of the townships. Since September 2011, one of the 11-18 faith schools and the 11-18 academy still retain their sixth form provision.

Rochdale has a population of 206,100 and the ten years preceding 2007 saw an increase of 2,100. This rise is projected to continue to approximately 225,700 by 2031. As in most parts of the country, Rochdale’s population is ageing, however, in contrast to what is happening in Greater Manchester as a whole, the 0-15 population is greater in Rochdale (23% compared to 20%). However, numbers within this age group are projected to decline. 

Rochdale Sixth Form College currently has around 1,700 students, most of whom are enrolled to a full time Level 3 study programme of AS/A2 Levels. A minority of students are re-sitting either GCSE English or Mathematics.

The College’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT) consists of the Principal, together with three Deputy Principals, supported by Assistant Principals and the Director of Student and Curriculum Administration and Operations. The Middle Leadership Team of the College comprises Subject Leaders and a specialist team of Personal Progress Tutors. Personal Progress Tutors are responsible for the achievement and welfare of approximately 90 students each. 

"RSFC is a very friendly Sixth Form College. All the
teachers are willing and able to help out at any given opportunity.
Alongside great learning facilities and zones, it’s a
great place to study.."
Luke Taylor: RSFC Student


To apply, please complete the form in the pack (You'll need to download the pack by clicking the button below or by calling ASDTi on 01457 851407) and send it, with your letter of application, by e-mail to ASDTi (not the College or Trust) by 11pm, Monday 26th November 2018

Interviews will be held during week commencing 3rd December 2018 or w/c 10th December 2018

It is hoped that the successful candidate will take up the appointment as soon as possible, however this is fully negotiable

"RSFC provides an inclusive working environment. It
definitely lives up to the reputation of being one
of the best colleges in the country! The support
provided by everyone is brilliant, they just want 
you to excel."
Zunera Dildar: RSFC Student


The College is located close to the town centre of Rochdale, forming a part of the Education Quarter, on the fringe of beautiful Pennine towns and countryside, but still within Greater Manchester and its many cosmopolitan towns and transport links into the city.

With excellent road links and MetroLink services nearby, the College is commutable from all of the main towns in the region, including: Manchester, Oldham, Tameside, Stockport, Trafford, Bury and Bolton, and further afield from Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire, North West Derbyshire and South West Yorkshire.

The College is near to the culture and bustle of city life, but lies close to some of the North West's finest countryside.