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Teacher of Law & Social Sciences

The Gryphon SchoolDorset

We are seeking to appoint an ambitious, creative and inspiring teacher with energy, enthusiasm and a love of Law and a Social Science ideally one of Psychology, Sociology and Health and Social Care.

The successful candidate will have:

• a strong subject knowledge and passion for Law.

• the ability to embrace and contribute to the vision and direction of the team

• the ability to support, challenge and inspire our students, encouraging them to achieve the best they can through the promotion of outstanding teaching and learning

• excellent communication skills and the ability to celebrate and promote high quality teaching and learning

• the ability to be a team player who will go the extra mile to support students and who will enjoy the challenges of this role 

This is a permanent post, commencing on 01 September 2021 and could be offered as either full-time or part-time.  Our new recruit will join a team of professional, experienced and able specialists, dedicated to continuing to provide the high level of teaching to which our students have become accustomed.

This area of the curriculum has grown substantially in recent years and embraces Law, Sociology, Business and Psychology. We would ideally like a candidate who can teach in at least two of these areas with one area of expertise being Law. 

Law is currently an A-level only subject. It currently has one set in each year and has a record of extremely good results. We are prepared to consider candidates who can offer Law with a subject other than the ones listed here e.g. with English, History.

Sociology is also only offered at A level was launched in September 2019. We started with one A-level set in each year but the popularity of the subject is growing and this may increase to two in the near future. 

Business is a popular subject with 2 A-level sets in each year group (AQA specification) and 3 or more GCSE classes in each year (Edexcel specification). 

Psychology at the Gryphon school is offered at A level only and is the largest A level in the Sixth Form in terms of student numbers. There are likely to be three A-level sets in each year and so six in the sixth form as a whole. The department follows the AQA specification and has worked hard to secure consistently good results. We will be offering Child Development in both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. 

We will arrange the timetable to suit the skills of the appointee.

The Gryphon is a heavily oversubscribed 11-18 school, which is successful in gaining high results for its students at both GCSE and A-level. The large Sixth Form of 400 students is exceptional. Its students have an excellent record of success in gaining university entrance, including to Oxbridge and the Russell Group, and in the most challenging courses. 

The Gryphon is a wonderful place to work and has a special atmosphere and feel. It became a founder member of the Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust (SAST), a thriving multi-academy trust serving the West and North Dorset area as well as students from South Somerset.   You will find Sherborne to be a centre for educational excellence as a beautiful rural country town that has easy road and rail links to London, Bath, Bristol, Exeter and the glorious Dorset coast. We are an outward looking school with excellent community links as well as strong relationships with other good and outstanding schools across the South West and England.

We are a very proud school and attract students from around North and West Dorset as well as South Somerset. We also pride ourselves on our support and care for everyone and offer well-developed and high-quality professional development opportunities, health and well-being packages and a superb working environment.

Our special culture and ethos focuses on high achievement both personally and academically which comes from the tremendous work of all our staff and the great achievements of our students. 

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