This job expired on 30 January 2023

  • Job start date

    1 September 2023

  • Closing date

    30 January 2023 at 5pm

  • Date listed

    6 January 2023

Job details

Visa sponsorship

No, visa sponsorship not available

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary


Additional allowances

TLR 1.1 - £8,291

What skills and experience we're looking for

Candidates will join a large ambitious team who are committed to providing an outstanding learning experience for all our students. The department offers French, German and Spanish, including at A level, and there continues to be a high take-up for languages at GCSE – around 70% of a typical year group. We have always valued and been committed to languages at our school, believing that it is an essential element of a child’s curriculum provision.

You will lead a department of ten teachers, including a MFL Leadership Team currently comprised of two Assistant Subject Leaders. You will also be well supported by your SLT Line Manager and the wider leadership team. As part of your role, you will also work collaboratively with the other Heads of Department to develop a shared and coordinated approach to supporting student progress. The successful candidate will require the necessary ambition and determination to take the department to the next stage of its development. This position would be suitable for an existing Head of Department or someone new to subject leadership.

What the school offers its staff

All colleagues who join our school, are entitled to a rich research informed professional learning programme. Access to external professional development opportunities are promoted and supported. Regular career progression opportunities, including leadership development programmes, are available at our school.

Further details about the role

Gillingham is an ambitious, popular school which offers excellent resources, outstanding facilities and a happy supportive working environment. Closing date Monday 30 January 2023. Please apply online via the school web-site (https://www.gillingham-dorset.co.uk).

Commitment to safeguarding

We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and will require the disclosure of any criminal convictions. Gillingham School will conduct online searches of shortlisted candidates. This check will be part of a safeguarding check and the search will purely be based on whether an individual is suitable to work with children. As care must be taken to avoid unconscious bias and any risk of discrimination a person who will not be on the appointment panel will conduct the search and will only share information if and when findings are relevant and of concern.
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About Gillingham School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1755 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Welcome to Gillingham School in North Dorset, set in the heart of the beautiful Blackmore Vale. Founded by benefactors in 1516, Gillingham School is proud and privileged to offer a quality and enjoyable educational experience that is open to all young people from the town of Gillingham, its surrounding villages and indeed, to young people further afield in Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset. At Gillingham School, we recognise that children have many abilities, talents and personalities. Knowing that each student is different and that they learn in many ways, we aim to develop their abilities, raise their expectations and to provide the support that is necessary for success. By offering a wide range of experiences to our students both in and out of the classroom, students will receive a broad spectrum of learning. 'Docendo Discimus,' our school motto, means 'through teaching, we learn' and this recognises that learning is a shared, life-long process. The partnerships between students, teachers and parents are vitally important in ensuring that all students aspire to achieve the best possible chances for their future. Gillingham School, furthermore, is a friendly, welcoming and inspiring school. Characterised by good behaviour, respect towards other and enthusiasm for new experiences, the positive ethos of Gillingham School has been a feature here for years and we remain committed to sustaining this into the future. It is our privilege as teachers to welcome children into our school and to watch them learn, grow, develop and mature into the young adults who will eventually leave us and become the next generation of our community and our country. It is a delight when we meet former students some years later and hear how they have progressed, how far they have come and how Gillingham School helped them achieve their goals. I was delighted to have been appointed as Headteacher in September 2017. The unique and incredibly special ethos immediately resonated with me as I stepped through the doors and I am thrilled to have become a part of the school. Gillingham School is a very happy school and we want our children to feel safe, secure and content always. Partnerships are very important to us and Gillingham School has a history of working with all members of our local and wider community in order to provide the best possible education for our students. This is something that we pride ourselves on.

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