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Assistant Head (Head of Sixth Form)

The Portsmouth Grammar SchoolPortsmouth

With a rich heritage dating back to 1732, The Portsmouth Grammar School (PGS) remains true to the aims of its founder, Dr William Smith, in providing an excellent education that develops in pupils a hunger for broader horizons. Located on a well-resourced campus in the heart of historic Portsmouth, PGS today inspires and nurtures over 1,300 boys and girls aged 2½-18. Through its focus on equipping pupils for life beyond PGS and encouraging pupils to think not only about where they will be at 18 but where they aspire to be at 25, the School continues to honour the legacy of its founder whilst adapting its mission for the challenges of 21st century life.

PGS enjoys superb facilities in a unique historic location, including a state-of-the-art Science Centre, a Sixth Form Centre, the Health and Wellbeing Centre, a theatre and dining hall complex, a beautifully refurbished library, and its own excellent sports ground at Hilsea.

PGS is often described by visitors as having a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere, a view reinforced by our parents, pupils, and staff. It is an exceptional place to work, and this is a particularly exciting time for the School as a whole.

An outstanding individual is sought to be Assistant Head (Head of Sixth Form) at this leading co-educational school. Working closely with the Head and Deputy Heads, the postholder will be responsible for the leadership and management of the Sixth Form and as a member of the Senior Management Team will have input into the strategic development of the academic and pastoral life of the school.

The person appointed will be a good honours graduate, an outstanding classroom practitioner with high levels of administrative efficiency, considerable personal stamina and resilience, knowledge of current educational trends, and a clear commitment to the safeguarding and well-being of pupils.

PGS has an excellent record in the development of senior leaders and the post will provide excellent preparation for headship in due course.

Candidates are encouraged to visit the school website, for a detailed insight into the school. The publications section of the website includes the school’s termly newsletter Horizons and our magazine Portsmouth Point which showcases pupil and staff work.

Applications should be addressed to the Head, Dr Anne Cotton. Letters of application, CVs and completed application forms should be emailed (preferred) to for the attention of Mrs Kate Solly, HR Manager.

If candidates prefer to send their application by mail, it should be addressed to:

The Head, The Portsmouth Grammar School, High Street, Portsmouth, PO1 2LN

Closing date: Friday 21st May 2021

Interview dates: Tuesday 25th May 2021

The Portsmouth Grammar School is an equal opportunities employer and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service.

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