Head of Nurture

The Gryphon School, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 4EQ

4 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    20 May 2022 at 9:00am

  • Date listed

    11 May 2022

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Teachers’ Pay Scales

Head of Nurture job summary

Start Date: 1 September 2022
Closing Date: 9am, Friday 20th May 2022
Interviews: As soon as possible after the closing date
Salary: Teachers’ Pay Scales (plus allowance which is to be agreed on appointment)
Contract: Full-time
Contact Details: School Office on 01935 813122, website on www.gryphon.dorset.sch.uk or e-mail gryphon.hr@gryphon.dorset.sch.uk

Post Requirements: Expertise in primary, middle school or KS3 literacy development with nurturing core skills. Understanding and experience of leading a Department.

We are seeking an inspirational teacher who has experience of raising achievement at KS2/3 to join our team at The Gryphon School. Currently we support the progress of small classes of Year 7, 8,9,10 and 11 students who require catch-up support by providing a specialist curriculum.

This is an opportunity to be part of the planning and delivery of a bespoke curriculum for literacy and the humanities and also to link to other areas such as numeracy. You will teach in a designated classroom base.

The goal is to enable these students to catch up with core skills, to promote self-esteem, confidence, and independent learning. A knowledge and understanding of primary strategies and KS2 expertise is required, and experience of phonics teaching would be an advantage. You will be part of our teaching and learning team.

Our students come first, and we encourage every student to strive for the highest possible levels of academic achievement alongside developing the personal attributes and qualities to thrive and make a positive contribution throughout life. Our students have an excellent record of success in gaining high results at both GCSE and A-level and our exceptional Sixth Form students, currently around 400, consistently secure university entrance, including to Oxbridge and the Russell Group, and in the most challenging courses.

We are a very proud school which attracts students from around North and West Dorset as well as South Somerset. We also pride ourselves on our support and care for everyone and each other and offer well-developed and high-quality professional development opportunities, health and well-being packages and a superb working environment. Our special culture and ethos focuses on high achievement both personally and academically which comes from the tremendous work of all our staff and the great achievements of our students.

Safeguarding responsibilities associated with this role may include engagement in regulatory activity, such as caring for an injured/upset child. It may have regular contact with young people on a day-to day basis. SAST is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will have to meet the person specification and the post is subject to safeguarding checks, including an enhanced DBS check and Children’s Barred List check. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.

The Gryphon School, part of the Sherborne Area Schools Trust, is committed to equal opportunities and positively encourages applications from all sections of the community.

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About The Gryphon School

School type
Academy, Church of England, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
1553 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Contact phone number
01935 813122

SAST is a multi-academy trust, formed in June 2017, serving West and North Dorset area as well as South Somerset. We now have 17 schools, more than 5,000 students, and 750 members of staff.

The Trust has grown since it’s inception, and in July 2020 we welcomed four schools from the Shaftesbury area that were previously the Southern Academy Trust. Our schools have always worked closely together and we can now collaborate in a more meaningful way to continue to deliver excellent educations to students.

Our schools include thirteen primary schools, three secondary schools and an alternative provision. We have the scale, capacity, expertise and performance to grow and develop with other schools. The Trust has large town primary schools with over 300 children, smaller village primary schools and also nursery provision. Our popular secondary schools cover both North Dorset and South Somerset, include two popular Sixth Forms, and also state boarding. There is a mix of formerly maintained, and Church of England schools in the Dioceses of Salisbury and Bath and Wells, which retain their Christian ethos.

At the heart of SAST is the desire to work in partnership, to collaborate with others and to be outward facing for the benefit of children and staff. The schools have extensive links beyond the immediate area and are keen to extend these further. The Gryphon School was designated as a National Teaching School in the summer of 2017 and led the the North Dorset Teaching School Alliance.

SAST works by providing opportunities to share and improve – to develop further our provision as well as supporting the quality of leadership and management. This includes sharing best practice, being creative in maintaining a broad and diverse curriculum, ensuring the care and support is in place for children and families and enabling further staff and teacher development. We also work together on meeting the challenges of funding and the opportunities for financial efficiency, determining for ourselves which services and providers we will use to provide outstanding provision for our children.

There is real strength in coming together with a collective responsibility for all of the children’s development and progress between 0-19 years.

Arranging a visit to The Gryphon School

Should you wish to arrange a visit to view the School, please do not hesitate to contact Caroline Rabbetts, Office Manager on 01935 813122.

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