Dear Candidate

Welcome to Pendle Vale College sited in one of the most modern, innovative and best equipped Colleges in the country.

Our College is made up of a team of highly committed, motivated, dedicated and professional colleagues who each individually make a significant and positive difference to the lives of our students. As Headteacher, I am extremely proud of our College and the staff and students with who I share the vision to make this a special place for adults and young people to teach and learn in.

I am delighted that you are considering our College as a new career opportunity. Colleagues here at Pendle Vale benefit hugely from working in an environment that is supportive, challenging and rewarding. We pride ourselves on welcoming new staff with an excellent induction programme whether you are joining us as a newly qualified or experienced candidate.

Whilst recognising that the College exists for the benefit of the students, we aim to be a place where staff can also realise their ambitions and potential and further develop their careers. We aim to be at the cutting edge of change and engage in high profile projects and developments that enable our students, and staff, to achieve the most that they possibly can while working or studying here. We really want to hear from those colleagues who are exceptional in what they do and who truly believe that they can make a positive difference to our College.

We know that Pendle Vale College is and will continue to transform the education and live chances of our young people. By working together as a team we aim to develop happy, confident and independent learners ready to take their place in the modern world.

We have a modern, flexible and responsive curriculum, which actively encourages our students to be responsible for their own learning and ensures that they are being stretched and challenged and appropriately prepared for their future learning. We know our students very well indeed and strongly and confidently believe that we are meeting their current and future needs.

As Headteacher, I believe that a team of people work best when they are working together towards a common goal. Pendle Vale College is an enjoyable and rewarding environment in which to work. There are significant career opportunities for colleagues and promotion is actively encouraged. Our team ranges from newly qualified teachers to experienced candidates who have reaped the benefits of working at our College.

We are a modern and contemporary College that wants to attract colleagues who have ideas, who are inspirational, innovative and who are truly dedicated to the development of our young people. If you have what it takes to take a forward thinking College to the next level then we look forward to reading your application and hopefully from there calling you to interview.

About us

Our Journey

We opened our doors for the first time in September 2006. Two years later in 2008 we moved into our £32 million purpose built learning environment. The facilities at Pendle Vale College are second to none. The building remains modern and innovative in design and is an exciting environment in which to work.

We’ve come along way since 2006. Our story is one of continued and improving success. We pride ourselves on being a strong, vibrant, and confident community. Don’t just take our word for it, arrange a visit and see for yourself. 

Be part of our journey….


Ofsted visited us in November 2021 and confirmed that Pendle Vale continues to be a Good school. A copy of this Ofsted Report can be found on our college website. 

Community and Surrounding Areas

Pendle Vale College has a great location, situated just five minutes from the M65. Easily accessible from larger towns and cities of Manchester, Preston, Bradford and Huddersfield, it is also in close proximity to the smaller rural communities for Pendle, Colne and Skipton. Nelson is under an hour away from the Lake District and North Yorkshire Moors.

If you are interested in moving the College forward within a focussed team who are highly committed to serving its students, staff and community, then I welcome your application. Please submit the Teaching Staff application form, available on our Website or from Hays, along with a letter of application of not more than two A4 sides, detailing how your experiences and impact to date qualify you for the post and how you see the role developing.

I look forward to receiving your application.

Mr Oliver Handley



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