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Deputy Principal (SEN), Royal College Manchester

Seashell Trust
3.4 out of 5
£55,169 - £61,299 a year - Permanent, Full-time



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  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted or free food
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Employee discount
  • Free fitness classes
  • Free flu jabs

Full job description

Position: Deputy Principal (SEN), Royal College Manchester

Type: Permanent

Location: Cheadle Hulme, SK8 6RQ

Salary: £55,169 - £61,299 + Teachers’ Pension Scheme + benefits

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, 52 weeks per year

Holidays: 25 days + bank holidays, rising to 30 days + bank holidays with length of service

Start date: September 2024

Close date: 29th February 2024

Interviews: 7th – 15th March 2024

About Royal College Manchester at Seashell

Royal College Manchester at Seashell is an independent specialist day and/residential college for post 16 students with low incidence high needs including severe learning difficulties, sensory impairment and autism. All students at the college use alternative and augmentative communication systems, the majority are non-verbal communicators, whilst others use these systems to supplement their spoken communication.

Our highly- skilled team of teaching and support staff include specialist teachers, (autism, hearing impairment and multisensory impairment), intervenors and autism trained LSAs. They work closely with a full team of therapists and our residential care services to deliver high quality personalised learning and support based on the needs and preferences of the student.


Seashell is one of only a few charities in the Northwest focussing on enhancing the lives of young people with very complex needs. This sets apart the college from other further education providers as we deliver high quality education and care to meet needs of young people who need highly specialist expertise and resources.

We have already invested significantly in a world class campus development with world class residential homes and a recently opened exceptional special school with excellent facilities and will continue to do so over the next decade and beyond. We are now embarking on the next phase of our transformation and are preparing to build a brand new college building, which will also be home to a community café and inclusive sports facilities and we also have plans strengthen services to support progression from education to positive destinations.

If you would like to join a team who are dedicated to enhancing the future of young people with the most complex learning needs in an ambitious and exciting organisation, then this newly created opportunity is the role for you.

Role Outline

The Deputy Principal reports to the College Principal and plays a major role in:

  • Formulating the aims and objectives of the college in line with Seashell’s vision
  • Establishing policies for achieving these aims and objectives
  • Managing staff and resources to that end
  • Monitoring progress towards the achievement of the college’s aims and objectives
  • Driving collaboration with services across Seashell to deliver design and deliver integrated services to young people
  • Make a positive contribution to the wider life and ethos of Seashell

Person Specification

Has significant experience in:

  • Demonstrating best practice in delivery of teaching to students with a range of special needs
  • Involvement in college self-assessment and development planning
  • Raising standards and monitoring success in a college or specialist setting
  • Working with multi-disciplinary teams for the benefit of students
  • Management of whole college projects
  • Teaching young people with SEND
  • Working with parents and Governors or Trustees
  • Leading and managing staff
  • Evidence of taking an active part in monitoring/evaluation of teaching and learning
  • Experience of effective and impactful leadership within an education provision.
  • Evidence of effective financial planning or budgeting efficient use of resources and obtaining best value for money.

Personal Skills

  • A commitment to getting the best outcomes for all students and promoting the ethos and values of Seashell
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise effectively
  • Commitment to maintaining confidentiality at all times
  • Commitment to safeguarding and equality, ensuring that personal beliefs are not expressed in ways that exploit the position.
  • Good communicator
  • Leader
  • Visionary
  • Self-motivated and a motivator for others
  • Team player
  • Demonstrates a management style routed in compassion and inclusivity where all staff and students are treated with dignity and respect
  • Change orientated
  • Ability to combine effectiveness, humour, friendliness and warmth


  • Qualified to degree level and above
  • Qualified teacher status/QTLS
  • Recent and relevant professional development relevant to the post
  • Relevant Leadership Training / qualifications

If you are inspired by the potential difference that high quality education can make to a young person’s life, and you want to work with the Principal as part of a forward looking leadership team that drives the vision for the college to make a difference to the lives of young people with low incidence high needs then this could be the role for you.

Full job description and person specification available

Our benefits

Life assurance, on site gym, employee assistance and wellbeing programmes, on site counselling, cycle scheme, free parking and lots more!

About Seashell Trust

Seashell Trust runs an Outstanding (Ofsted) special School, and a specialist College together with 17 on-site residential homes for children and young people with complex learning disabilities, physical disabilities and multisensory impairments.

Please upload your CV to apply. As per our Safer Recruitment procedure, you will be required to complete a Seashell Application Form as part of our recruitment process.

We provide a caring environment that is safeguarded and committed to promoting learning, respect and independence, as well as dignity for all of our students. As part of our safer recruitment procedure, successful candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check (no cost) and full references will be taken.

We value our employees and recognise the need to recruit, retain and develop highly skilled and committed talent who share our vision and values!

We value diversity and are committed to equal opportunities. We are an inclusive employer and welcome all applications.

Disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria on the person specification will be guaranteed an interview. If you require any reasonable adjustments for an interview, please highlight this to our Recruitment Team in advance.

This charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Our vision is for the children and young people in our care to be safe, happy and to achieve the best possible outcomes so that they are valued and valuable members of their communities.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £55,169.00-£61,299.00 per year


  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted or free food
  • Free fitness classes
  • Free flu jabs
  • Free parking
  • Gym membership
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • Life insurance
  • On-site gym
  • On-site parking
  • Referral programme
  • Sick pay
  • Store discount
  • Work from home


  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday

Application question(s):

  • Please outline your interest and relevant experience for this position.

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 29/02/2024
Expected start date: 02/09/2024