2022 will be an exciting and challenging year at The Cambian Group. Part of the CareTech Family of Companies, we are one of the largest providers of specialist Education and Care services for children and young people in the UK, delivering across Special Education Schools and Colleges, Residential Care Homes and a Therapeutic Fostering Service.

We are embarking on a significant period of transformation in line with our ambitious plans and, at the absolute core of our business, is our commitment to supporting our amazing children and young people, each with their own needs, hopes and dreams to reach their personal best.

Our teams are fully committed to Cambian’s goals. They understand the challenges and rewards of working with our young people and know that every day they will achieve things that really matter.

This an exciting opportunity to lead a dynamic and forward-thinking team, leading the change and reinvigoration of Cambian Pengwern College. The College has a proud and successful tradition of supporting young people between the ages of 16 – 25 to build valuable life skills, qualification and confidence to support them on their journey towards future independence.

Cambian Pengwern College is a 52-week placement provision, has a proud and successful tradition of supporting students between the ages of 16 – 25 who have Moderate to Severe Learning Disabilities and Complex Needs, including some challenging behaviours, to gain valuable life skills, qualifications and confidence to support their onward journey towards independence.

Taking pride in the commitment to delivering quality learning through individualised programmes for the students which is supported by an extensive range of therapeutic and sensory input with amazing on-site facilities and opportunities within the local communities for students to learn and engage with members of the community.

The College prides itself on offering meaningful packages of care, education and clinical services to those who have in the past struggled to access conventional settings; offering each young person and adult an individually tailored and holistic programme of support, equipping them to face the challenges of later life.

Joining Pengwern College, you will find committed, career focused and positive teams delivering rich and innovative experiences, playing to each young person’s strengths, to prepare them for their lives ahead. Close community ties and inclusion underpin these opportunities in and around the local area helping our young people to use their life skills and to support the development of positive relationships.

We are looking for an outstanding leader who can demonstrate a proven successful track record, comprehensive understanding of both the Education and Care setting for SEN, experience with Care Inspectorate Wales and ESTYN with the drive to develop positive and engaging relationships with all the key stakeholders working closely with our teams.

You will be an expert in ensuring that the whole service is integrated allowing for wider support functions to be utilised effectively , allowing for the best outcomes both in care and education for all our young people

You will have a real eye for detail – knowing that our absolute commitment to the Safeguarding of our children and young people is our top priority. You will be able to demonstrate a detailed and insightful understanding of the regulatory environment that we operate in and the demands that this places on all aspects of our work.

Bringing our plans for Pengwern College to life will be challenging and intense but, with enthusiasm, creativity and a hands on approach, the reward and satisfaction will be second to none. You will have a unique opportunity to shape and deliver the long-term strategy for the College and our drive to transform the lives of our young people.

Any successful application to this role will be subject to Enhanced DBS and reference checking, in line with Government regulations and Safer Recruitment best practice.


Cambian will conduct online searches of shortlisted candidates. This check will be part of a safeguarding check, and the search will purely be based on whether an individual is suitable to work with children. As care must be taken to avoid unconscious bias and any risk of discrimination a person who will not on the appointment panel will conduct the search and will only share information if and when findings are relevant and of concern.


Head of College, Rhuddlan [SYS-2843]


Location: Rhyl, LL18 5UH

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