Deputy Head - Land Based

Wiltshire College & University

£10,000,000 (Annual)

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Wiltshire College & University Centre is an educational establishment committed to fostering innovation, creativity, and excellence in learning. With a focus on providing comprehensive education in a diverse range of fields, including land-based studies, we strive to empower our students to reach their full potential and make a positive impact in their communities.

About the role

We are seeking a visionary and dedicated individual to join our team as a Deputy Head within the Land Based Faculty, with a particular emphasis on Animal Care, Horticulture, or Countryside, experience around entry and level one provision an advantage. This role presents an exciting opportunity to lead and shape the educational experiences of our students in these areas.

At Lackham, we’re not just a college; we’re a community committed to excellence in Land Based education. Our 500-acre campus is nestled in the picturesque Wiltshire countryside, providing an idyllic setting for learning and growth. Our facilities are second to none, from our large Animal Centre to our state-of-the-art Agri-tech centre, we offer an immersive environment for both students and staff.

Key Responsibilities:

Take charge of the daily operations within the designated area of Land Based studies, ensuring adherence to the highest standards of excellence.

Develop and implement an inclusive and engaging curriculum tailored specifically for learners in the field of Land Based Studies.

Collaborate closely with our passionate teaching staff to create dynamic and accessible learning materials that cater to our students.

Provide unwavering guidance and support to our learners, nurturing an inclusive learning environment that promotes growth, development, and success.

Forge strong partnerships with external agencies and professionals to ensure our students receive comprehensive support and access to relevant resources.

Play a pivotal role in shaping the strategic direction and continuous improvement of the Land-based Studies department, driving innovation and excellence.

About you

Qualifications and Experience:

A degree in Animal Care, Land Based Studies, or a related field.
A Level 5 teaching qualification or equivalent.
Proven experience working in an educational setting.
Demonstrated leadership and managerial experience.
Exceptional communication and leadership skills.

Personal Attributes:

Genuine passion for Land Based studies and a profound love for animals, nature, and the countryside.
Strong commitment to inclusive education and a firm belief in the potential of all students to succeed.
Innate ability to inspire and motivate both students and staff, fostering a culture of enthusiasm and dedication.
Exceptional problem-solving skills and the capacity to make well-informed decisions that positively impact student outcomes.

Why Work for Us: 

At Wiltshire College and University Centre, we understand that a fulfilling career goes beyond just the work you do. That's why we strive to create an environment where our employees feel valued and supported.  

Here are just a few reasons why our employees love working here: 

- Generous annual leave allowances (37 days per year plus bank holidays and additional closure days over the Christmas period)

- Great teacher’s pension scheme

- Access to an Employee Assistance Programme

- Complimentary onsite parking

- Membership to the Edenred Benefits platform with exclusive discounts

- Electric Vehicle scheme

- Cycle to Work scheme

- Continuous professional development opportunities

- Free access to college gyms

- Discounted prices at our training restaurants and hair and beaty salon

To submit your application for this exciting Deputy Head - Land Based opportunity, please click ‘Apply’ now! 

About Us

Wiltshire College & University Centre plays a vital role in Wiltshire’s economy, inspiring people to develop the skills they need to achieve.  Our four campuses are learning hubs in their communities, and we aspire to be an outstanding, financially robust and commercially agile provider, achieving our clear social mission on behalf of learners and employers across Wiltshire and beyond.  Our turnover is around £38 million per annum, we employ some 650 staff, and support around 11,500 students.


Wiltshire College & University Centre is committed to Safeguarding. We recruit in line with the Safer Recruitment Guidance set out by the Department for Education in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’.  This includes carrying out an enhanced DBS check (which the College will pay for), including an enhanced children’s barred list check and other employment checks, which include a search of the online presence of shortlisted candidates.

At Wiltshire College & University Centre we value diversity and we recognise that people with different backgrounds bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge, and culture and that this difference brings great strength. We are committed to the protection of young people and vulnerable adults and to safeguarding and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We are proudly accredited to the Disability Confident Employer award and part of this means a commitment to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for a job vacancy and consider them on their abilities.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the role. 


Wiltshire College & University


£10,000,000 (Annual)

Ends on 14 Apr 2024

2 months ago