Interim Principal, WESC Foundation, Exeter

WESC Foundation – the Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment

Interim Principal

Salary: Negotiable
Hours: Some flexibility – up to 37 hours per week
Location: Exeter
Closing Date: 21st May 2021

We request that all interested parties phone for an initial discussion with the CEO.

A formal application will then need to be made by 21 May 2021 compliant with Safer Recruitment.

About WESC Foundation
WESC Foundation – the Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment – is a charity located on a 14-acre campus at the edge of Exeter. Founded in 1838 (and known from the 1960s until 2013 as the West of England School and College) we offer a range of educational, care and support services to young people and adults with visual impairment and other complex needs. In addition to the main campus there is also a horticulture site at West Hill (just outside Exeter near Ottery St Mary), and five charity shops, all of which are part of our own social enterprise.

About the role
This is an interim role expected to be in place from mid- May until approximately April 2022 while we recruit to the permanent position.

The role will entirely focus on supporting and managing the head of learning and the teaching staff to ensure that we continue to improve the quality of teaching and learning and embed the new WESC curriculum.  Responsible for the day to day running of the school and college we would expect that the interim will be the Ofsted nominee and lead the inspections expected in Autumn 2021.

You will need a solid background in SEN setting and of improving the quality of teaching and learning. You will be confident in leading an Ofsted inspection.

The interim will need to steady the ship providing support during a period of leadership change. The focus will be on maintaining and improving current the operation, not on new initiatives or effecting radical change.

Some experience of working with young people with sensory loss with be beneficial as will developing work skills and vocational learning for SEN

Equality, diversity and safeguarding
WESC Foundation is committed to equality and diversity. We welcome applicants regardless of racial, ethnic or national origin, religion or beliefs, disability, sexuality, age or responsibilities for dependents.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts are conditional to an enhanced DBS check and registration with the update service.

More information and how to apply
In the first instance please contact Jane Bell, CEO, for an informal discussion on 01392 454201 or email to arrange a suitable time to discuss this role.

Thereafter please apply online or download an application form from our website