The Deaf Academy, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 2AU

Employer: The Deaf Academy

Salary: £54,023-56,635pa

Closing: 4th December

Head of College

the Deaf Academy, Exmouth, Devon

Full time, permanent

Salary: £54,023-56,635pa

We are looking for an experienced Leader in Education, with a proven track record of developing and delivering high quality educational and learning experiences. Ideally with a background in Deaf Education, SEND or post 16 education.

Part of our Charity Senior Leadership Team, your role will directly contribute to our vision to nurture and grow confident, resilient, and independent Deaf people. We embrace the diversity of our learners’ communication needs, special education needs and support them on a journey towards a strong sense of self and a clear identity through our academy-wide curriculum. We are an inspiring bilingual and bi-cultural community that has the power to transform our learners as they develop language skills and journey towards independence and fulfilling their potential.

We are at a very exciting time in the history of the Academy having recently relocated to a specialist built Deaf School in Exmouth and in September 2023 launching our new Adult Residential Care Centre enabling our teaching to reach even further. Reporting to the Principal, we are looking to recruit a committed and ambitious educational professional to join our Educational Leadership Team, in developing and implementing our new curriculum and teaching and learning across the Academy.

A relocation package is available for the successful candidate should they need to move to this area for this role. To enquire about this please contact

About you:

  • Management/leadership experience within an education environment.
  • Experience of implementing strategies for raising standards of teaching and learning which impact upon improved student achievement.
  • Proven ability to lead and manage change to deliver improved performance and success rates of students.
  • Experience of supporting school improvement through overseeing the implementation rigorous quality improvement
  • The commitment and ambition to help drive the Academy forward in being a leader in Deaf Education.
  • The ability to support others in working as a team with the goal of improving achievement in English, Maths, BSL or adult independence programmes.

Previous experience of working with deaf young people or the ability to use British Sign Language is not essential, although if appointed you will be expected to commit to working towards the BSL level 3 qualification.

Our offer to you:

  • A highly competitive salary and benefits package
  • 45 days annual leave, taken outside of term time
  • Talented, passionate, and well-resourced Teaching and Education Support team, including experienced Teachers of the Deaf
  • Part of a wider network of professionals to support you in finance processes, staff development and your own leadership development, as well as linking with therapies and care leader in building a comprehensive picture about our students and their needs and development
  • Long-term career development, supported through professional leadership coaching
  • Sponsorship to achieve BSL qualifications up to level 3
  • The chance to work within a modern and vibrant environment, which has been designed to vastly improve the learning opportunities for Deaf young people
  • Part of a forward-thinking and innovative organisation, and a committed team of professionals working together to secure high achievement for all our students
  • A unique chance to become part of an exciting development in Deaf Education and Care

Candidates are welcome to visit the Academy ahead of making any application by contacting the HR Team on either 01395 203178 or Tours will also be provided as part of our recruitment process.

Apply by 4th December

Interview date 12th December

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The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young adults as such an enhanced DBS check is required. The Academy will also complete online searches for any shortlisted candidate.

The Academy is a Disability Committed Employer in promoting diversity and inclusion for all its students and staff. The Academy is also signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant in supporting ex-service personnel in recognising their skills and experience.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare any cautions, convictions, reprimands, and final warnings that are not protected (i.e. that are not filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013 and 2020).