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					School                                                                                                                          Community
Telephone: 0116 287 9921 Fax: 0116 287 0189                                                    Telephone: 0116 287 4725 Fax: 0116 287 0189
Email: admin@grobycoll.leics.sch.uk                  Ratby Road, Groby, Leicester LE6 0GE           Email: community@grobycoll.leics.sch.uk


October 2010

Dear Applicant

Thank you for enquiring about the post of Principal at Groby Community College, which will become vacant
due to the planned retirement of our current Principal.

We are a mixed 14 – 19 upper school in Leicestershire with just over 900 students on roll, of which 310 are
in Post 16, with many more members of the local and wider community taking advantage of our extensive
community learning opportunities. We share Specialist Language College status and a large campus on the
outskirts of Groby village with Brookvale High School, an 11-14 Leicestershire High School and one of our
two partner high schools. Our other partner high school is South Charnwood, located a few miles away.

We are a life-long learning community where expectations for everyone studying or working at the College
are high. We value every student, and we put their academic progression, well being and opportunities at
the heart of our aims. Students enjoy their learning experience at Groby. They are encouraged to develop
their individuality and to play an active part in College life. Relationships between staff and students are
strong. In summer 2010 our results continued to improve with 80% of students achieving 5+A*-C; 61% 5+
A*-C including English and Maths. At A level our students achieved 55% A*, A or B, with 9% A*, which
made us the top performing state school in Leicestershire.

Having been judged ‘satisfactory’ overall in our last OFSTED inspection (Autumn 2009) we are striving to
make improvements to the quality and range of our students’ learning experiences. Our staff are
committed to maximising the achievements of our students, both academically and in terms of their
behaviour and the contribution they make to the local and wider community. Groby Community College
has a real community feel with a friendly and supportive skilled team of staff who care passionately about
their students. In short we have the aspiration and capacity to be judged “good” or “outstanding” in future
inspections, and are looking for an outstanding leader to help us get there.

We are looking for an outstanding leader, with a proven track record of achievement who can:
    provide clarity of vision and approach
    articulate this vision, and inspire the whole school community to share in its achievement
    drive forward further improvement in the college and help ensure we continue to offer a
       curriculum and range of experiences that meet the needs of all learners
    demonstrate a genuine interest in the progress and well-being of all students
    continue to develop our partnership with Brookvale and South Charnwood for the benefit of
       students
    build on the existing strong partnership 4 -19 involving all the local schools
    meet the future challenges and opportunities in education, both locally and nationally


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                    Principal: Caroline Wilkins ● Vice Principal: Chris Hannaford ● Extended Service Manager: Hélène Chadwick
School                                                                                                                          Community
Telephone: 0116 287 9921 Fax: 0116 287 0189                                                    Telephone: 0116 287 4725 Fax: 0116 287 0189
Email: admin@grobycoll.leics.sch.uk                  Ratby Road, Groby, Leicester LE6 0GE           Email: community@grobycoll.leics.sch.uk




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If you have the professional skills and determination to lead a thriving academic community then we would
be delighted to hear from you. Please note that we welcome and encourage informal visits to the College.

If you wish to do so please contact the Principal through her PA, direct line is 0116 281 7003. You are also
welcome to come along to the Post 16 Open Evening on 25 November 2010. Please contact Principal’s PA
for further information.

We look forward to receiving your application. Please return this to Leicestershire County Council
Employee Service Centre by noon on Tuesday 16 November 2010. Your covering letter should show how
you meet the criteria within the personal specification, and how your educational vision could contribute to
Groby Community College’s future. Please keep your letter to no more than three sides of A4.

Short listing will be undertaken between 22 and 29 November with interviews held over two days on 13
and 14 January 2011.

With best wishes,

Yours faithfully,



Julie Thompson

Mrs Julie Thompson
Chair of Governors




                    Principal: Caroline Wilkins ● Vice Principal: Chris Hannaford ● Extended Service Manager: Hélène Chadwick

				
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