Director of Sixth Form, Wiltshire

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St Mary's CalneWiltshire

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Start date: September 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: c£50K depending upon experience
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Director of Sixth Form, Higher Education and Professional Guidance

St Mary’s Calne offers an academically enriching working environment within the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, with easy transport links to Bristol, Bath and London

St Mary’s Calne is a member of the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) and the Headmasters’ and Headmistress’ Conference (HMC); it is a leader in the field of girls’ independent boarding education.   With around 365 girls aged 11-18, including 120+ girls in the Sixth Form, as well as innovative teaching, learning and scholarship, St Mary’s Calne offers outstanding pastoral care and a vibrant, warm community. 


St Mary’s Calne believes in excellence in all respects.  As a school community, we thrive amidst a culture of strong expectations and the education which we provide nurtures and develops the concept of high performance.  The principal aim is to develop well-rounded pupils who are equipped to excel as adults.

Extra-curricular opportunities beyond the classroom are a vital and integral part of life for girls at St Mary’s Calne.  These opportunities are woven into the timetable during the day, in the evenings and at weekends. We believe that both boarders and day girls benefit from all aspects of the strong boarding ethos of the school.


St Mary’s Calne is looking for a talented and enthusiastic teacher, with outstanding inter-personal skills, to join our Wider Senior Leadership Team in the role of Director of Sixth Form, Higher Education and Professional Guidance.

The main aim of the Director of Sixth Form will be to create a coherent and compelling academic, pastoral and extra-curricular Sixth Form offering.  Working with the two Sixth Form Housemistresses, you will ensure continuous and consistent focus on the development and achievements (pastoral, extra-curricular and academic) of the girls in the Sixth Form.  

Working with the Boarding House teams, you will grow the identity of the Sixth Form and ensure its high-quality programme is widely acknowledged to secure pupil retention and to develop a flourishing additional entry point to the School.  You will attend Open Days and events and make a leading contribution to the Sixth Form offering and the Sixth Form Prospectus as well as managing nominations for the Head Girls’ Team.

In addition to overseeing the Sixth Form, the Director of Sixth Form will also have responsibility for Higher Education and Professional Guidance, ensuring that girls are open-minded and enthusiastic about their chosen path with high, but achievable, aspirations.  You will remain up to date with current developments, liaising with universities and alumnae to develop sources of information and a network of contacts.  You will liaise with Heads of Department to ensure their knowledge is current so that best advice can be given at all stages of a girl’s school career and will organise key events during the year including the Professional Guidance and Higher Education Convention, Professional Guidance Evening and Oxbridge and US University Information Evening amongst others.

With the support of the Lectures and Futures Co-ordinator, you will be responsible for Higher Education applications, tracking and processing these ensuring they are submitted accurately and within required timescales, recording the outcomes of all student applications. 

As a member of the WSLT you will act as a professional role model to others, participate in whole school strategy discussions and decisions and play an active part in promoting the School.

The above description is not exhaustive and a copy of the full Job Description can be viewed on on the Vacancies page of  our School website.  

What we want from you 

• University Graduate 

• Qualified teacher 

• Excellent communication skills with all stakeholders 

• Motivation to work with young people 

• The ability to tutor girls and be pastorally aware of their needs 

• Positive attitude and approach to change and development

• The desire to continually develop professionally 

• Willingness to participate in and expectation of contribution to the wider life of a boarding school and extra-curricular life

• Experience of working in a boarding environment is desirable

• Experience of running a department or a Boarding House is desirable

What we offer

• Excellent and tailored CPD within the department and across the school

• Highly motivated girls with lessons taught in small groups

• Competitive salary and membership of the Teacher Pension scheme 

• Discounted membership of the St Mary’s Calne Sports Centre 

• Fee remission for daughters educated at St Mary’s Calne and for sons and daughters educated at St Margaret’s Preparatory School 

• Complimentary meals in the Dining Hall during term time

• Free on-site parking

How to Apply 

For an Application Form please visit Vacancies on our website and include a covering letter explaining your vision for the Sixth Form at St Mary’s Calne.

Telephone: 01249 857200 (Karen Turner) 


Closing date: 9am, Monday 24th February 2020

More about St Mary's Calne
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0DF, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1249 857200
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St Mary’s Calne is an independent boarding and day school for girls aged 11-18, a happy, purposeful and flourishing community of around 365 pupils with a 80% to 20% boarding to day ratio. 

Founded in 1873, the school has been providing an outsta...