Welcome Letter

Dear Candidate

Principal of Lowestoft Sixth Form College

We are delighted that you are considering making an application for the post of Principal at Lowestoft Sixth Form College. This is a very exciting time for us as we are working towards the Sixth Form College merging with East Coast College so that we can fulfil our ambition of all people who pass through our College reaching their potential in work and in life. We are ambitious; developing individuals to contribute, learn and achieve - for themselves, the community and the economy.

The governors are rightly proud of the achievements and values of Lowestoft Sixth Form College and East Coast College. We are seeking a new Principal for the Sixth Form College who can build on its achievements. The successful candidate will be a Vice Principal and senior post-holder within the East Coast College senior leadership team, from the point of merger, and report directly to the Chief Executive.

East Coast College was newly formed through the merger of Great Yarmouth College and Lowestoft College in 2017. Lowestoft Sixth Form College is a top performer having only been in existence for seven years. We believe that by merging the Sixth Form College with East Coast College we can underpin the high quality achieved with the Sixth Form College and make a real difference to the life chances and achievements of the community we serve. This merger is one of the recommendations set out in the Area Based Review of post 16 provision in Norfolk and Suffolk in 2017.

We are seeking to appoint a leader who will be able to sustain the high quality and achievements of the Sixth Form College and help us create the outstanding college that our learners and communities deserve.

The communities we serve on the East Coast are challenged with lower achievement rates at 16 and lower participation post 16. We refuse to accept that we cannot significantly improve on this, as has been shown by the Sixth Form College. We want our new Sixth Form College Principal to share this ambition and play a key role in supporting the whole College to help our learners fulfil their huge potential. We do have the talent and the ability among our learners and our staff.

This is an exciting, challenging and rewarding post. We can promise you the full support of our governing body and Senior Leadership Team. We are new as an organisation but we have committed and able governors and senior leaders who all share our vision and ambition.

We have retained FE Associates to support us with this crucial appointment and we encourage all interested parties to have an initial discussion with our lead advisor, Matt Atkinson, prior to submitting an application. This can be arranged by contacting Samantha Bunn at FE Associates on 01454 617707 or Samantha.Bunn@fea.co.uk

If you think you have the skills and the ambition to lead Lowestoft Sixth Form College as Principal, please do submit an application and we look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully

Mike Burrows
Chair of East Coast College

David Bye
Chair of Lowestoft Sixth Form College