RGS Dodderhill

Worcestershire, United Kingdom

Location: Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 2 - 16 years

About RGS Dodderhill

About RGS Dodderhill

Introduction - The Royal Grammar School, Dodderhill is one of the leading independent girls’ day senior schools in the West Midlands. The school was founded in 1945 as the senior girls' school of Whitford Hall, a well-established prep school located in Bromsgrove. In April 2019, Dodderhill Independent Girls School merged with RGSW (The Royal Grammar School Worcester) and became known as RGS Dodderhill.

Our School - RGS Dodderhill is a very special and unique school that provides a girls’ only education within a secluded, tranquil setting. Our Nursery provides a Co-educational environment for boys and girls ages 2+. We maintain an exclusive small school environment that allows girls to grow up at their own pace whilst receiving a first class education from our highly qualified and dedicated staff. The small class sizes allow staff to get to know every child inside and out as well as ensuring that every child’s needs are catered for. Across the four schools, in the family of RGSW schools, we share a mission to inspire high academic standards and promote co-curricular opportunities. RGS Dodderhill is a very happy school for both pupils and staff members. Traditional values and manners co-exist with a forward thinking school that embraces the best of modern technology and teaching to ensure that when our girls leave us, they are outstanding young women, fully equipped for the changes of the 21st Century.

Our Vision - Educating girls for future success.

Our Mission - To provide an environment that allows our girls to develop a love of learning and facilitate their development into confident young women.

Our Staff – The key to any successful organisation are the staff that work there. RGS Dodderhill employs a wide range of staff including Teachers, Office Administrators and Facilities Staff. Teaching Staff at RGS Dodderhill come from every walk of life. To meet our high expectations we would naturally expect all applicants to be educated to degree level, as well as a teaching qualification, although not essential is desirable.  Once you begin employment with RGS Dodderhill we can provide full support for those who wish to become qualified after appointment. We are deeply committed to the professional development of our staff and this is highlighted by the number of colleagues who have gone on to senior positions elsewhere; likewise, many staff choose to stay with us.  People who teach here will have a love of their subject and will have the ability to inspire and challenge able pupils. Our teachers enjoy making an active contribution to co-curricular activities, both for the reward of the activity itself and because of the different dimension it gives to their relationship with their pupils.

Benefits - We offer challenging and stimulating career opportunities at RGS Dodderhill and we would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to join our team. Alongside a wonderful working environment all RGS staff benefit from the following excellent staff benefits:

Professional Reward and Development

We recognise the expertise of our staff and aim to create an inspiring environment in which you can work to your full potential and develop your career.

What we offer:

· Competitive salary with additional allowances for extra responsibilities

· Contributions to professional training costs where there is a benefit to the School and many opportunities for continued professional development projects

· The opportunity to take part in our bespoke Teachers ‘Middle Leadership Programme’ for sustained long term development

· Personal Development and recognition through our annual appraisal scheme

· Full commitment to the induction and training of NQT’s, providing excellent support from our in-house Professional Development Mentor

· Comprehensive INSET programmes, delivering high quality seminars, shared good practice and insights from external speakers

· As one of only a few APPLE Distinguished Schools in the Midlands, the opportunity to take part in becoming an ‘APPLE Teacher’. More details here: https://www.apple.com/uk/education/apple-teacher/

· Well-resourced departments

· Automatic enrolment into the Schools Pension Schemes

· For Teachers you will have the opportunity to become a certified Showbie Educator

Rewards and Perks

To make everyday life just that bit easier, we are continually developing the variety of rewards, discounts and perks we can offer our staff.

What we offer:

· Fee remission for staff of children who satisfy the admissions criteria (proportionately reduced for part time staff)

· Access to your own laptop and iPad

· Cycle Scheme for all staff

· Free refreshments and lunches when the School is operational provided by our excellent Catering team from Holroyd Howe

· Private healthcare with the option to add a spouse or dependant at preferential rates

· For Teachers the option to join either Teachers Pensions or TPT Retirement Solutions at highly attractive rates

· For Non-Teaching Staff  the option to join TPT Retirement Solutions also at highly attractive rates

· Discounted membership to Les Mills on Demand Classes for all the family

Health and Wellbeing

Your health and wellbeing is important to us and we encourage our staff to make use of the services offered to help you live and work healthily and happily.

What we offer:

· Family friendly policies including flexible working, enhanced maternity and paternity pay.

· Two paid ‘Family Days’ to help staff cope with life’s emergencies

· Free use of the School’s Gym (based at RGSW) at agreed times following an induction with a qualified member of staff

· Free access to our Employee Assistance Programme with Health Assured 24/7, which includes up to 6 free counselling sessions and caring and compassionate advice to help staff cope with a range of life challenges such as bereavement, debt and consumer issues.

· Free access to Health Assured’s Wellbeing app to support with health goals

· Ad-hoc wellbeing sessions delivered by our own staff such as yoga and meditation

Community and Environment

This is a stimulating, welcoming community where colleagues build supportive professional relationships and friendships

What we offer:

· A supportive network of experienced Heads, Deputies and Senior Leadership Teams

· Highly skilled and academic staff who, together are integral to the successful running of the School

· As part of the staff community there are opportunities to take part in enjoyable social events, sports activities and more

· By joining a family of four Schools, the opportunity to work across our School sites and work collaboratively with others, enhancing the development for both you and our pupils

·A beautiful and tranquil setting on the out-skirts of Droitwich Spa, RGS Dodderhill  combines the existing well-maintained Georgian building with state-of-the-art facilities. There have been significant additions to the school, including  the modern Goodman building and the David Street Sports Hall, named after the previous Chair of the Governors in 1999.  The old gym was converted to a performing arts centre, The Atrium, in 2013.  Creative arts continue to flourish and our choirs are famous for their high standards.

· Many parts of our beautiful and flexible School sites are available to hire at a discounted rate to staff

· Friendly and supportive staff who work together and share resources and ideas

ISI report - 'Outstanding’ and ‘Excellent’ in all areas, rated by both ISI and Ofsted inspections in 2017. ‘Pupils have excellent self-confidence and self-esteem. They respond enthusiastically to teachers’ enthusiasm. A love of learning is instilled as pupils’ progress through the school. The school meets its aim to provide an excellent education leading to high academic achievement and to give every girl the opportunity to reach her full potential.’ – ISI March 2017

View Dodderhill School’s latest ISI report

The Governors of RGSW are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. Safeguarding forms part of the interview process.

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Address: Dodderhill Road, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, WR9 0BE, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1905 778290