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Torquay Girls' Grammar SchoolTorbay

With the upcoming retirement of our inspirational Head, a rare opportunity has arisen to lead our excellent school and leadership team and be part of this forward thinking and highly successful all girls’ selective Grammar School.

TGGS is a girls’ 11-18 selective Academy which has the core aim of developing caring, healthy women who achieve outstanding academic results. Achievement is consistently high and TGGS has maintained its position as one of the top 20 state girl’s schools in the country for both progress and achievement.

Our school is part of a wider network of grammar schools, the South West Academic Trust (SWAT) which shares good practice and provides support, including a strong Headteachers’ network. The last Ofsted inspection, in September 2011, rated the school ‘Outstanding’ in all categories.

Torquay’s position makes it convenient for the outstanding natural beauty of both Dartmoor and the South Devon coast. The beaches of the county are some of the best of the country and you can get away from the stresses of life by walking on the rugged moors. The beautiful cathedral city of Exeter is on your doorstep, as is the City of Plymouth with its rich maritime history; both of these have excellent new shopping centres. There is a unanimous feeling among staff that the area is a wonderful place to bring up children.

The Governors of Torquay Girls’ Grammar School are seeking a highly motivated and outstanding Headteacher or exceptional Deputy Headteacher to see this amazing school through its next era.

The successful candidate will build on all that has been achieved previously and construct an exciting new plan for the next 7 years and beyond. We want someone to combine our illustrious past with their own vision for our future.

The successful candidate:

  • A well-qualified individual with experience at Head or Deputy Head level;
  • Significant experience across a broad spectrum of teaching;
  • Experience in managing staff and supporting their professional development;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to balance efficiency and operational resilience;
  • Strong analytical and decision-making skills.

For more information on the role and school, please see the information pack and relevant documentation below.

There will be an opportunity for prospective applicants to visit the school. Interested candidates should contact the Head’s PA, Mrs Louise Rumbelow at to arrange a visit.

Closing date: 4pm Thursday 14th January 2021

Shortlisting: W/C Monday 18th January 2021

Interviews: 28th & 29th January 2021

To apply, please complete the Tes application form via the ‘Quick Apply’ button below and in no more than 1000 words, explain why you are the right person to lead TGGS.

Previous candidates need not apply.

TGGS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. References will be taken up for all shortlisted applicants, and the successful candidate will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and other employment checks.

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