10 days remaining to apply

  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    9 October 2023 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    8 September 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


Pay scale

Competitive Salary

What skills and experience we're looking for

The Governors wish to appoint an exceptional professional to lead this outstanding school. The Headship presents an exceptional opportunity for a visionary, empathetic and determined leader to work with talented, professional and caring staff to continue to provide an academically challenging, culturally rich and enjoyable education for future generations of students.

The Governors are seeking a Headteacher who:

  • Is inspirational and dynamic and will empower students and staff to excel;
  • Is a visionary leader, able to lead by example with a strong sense of moral purpose, ethical principles and values;
  • Is committed to and promotes diversity and equality;
  • Is thoroughly committed to promoting wellbeing, building resilience and maintaining good mental health for staff;
  • Values knowledge and a love of learning;
  • Values the school’s holistic curriculum and appreciates the vital impact of a wealth of co-curricular opportunities for students;
  • Has a passion for developing outstanding Teaching and Learning;
  • Has excellent leadership skills, demonstrating the ability to develop, articulate and realise the school’s vision;
  • Has proven ability to implement effective change;
  • Has exceptional interpersonal skills with the capacity to develop highly effective relationships with all parts of the school community;
  • Has proven capacity for strategic leadership, demonstrating financial acumen and the capacity to maximise opportunities for the school.

What the school offers its staff

In return, we can offer:

  • A very successful, happy school with an exceptional ethos and culture and a strong sense of its importance to the community it serves;
  • A productive climate for learning, strong academic performance and the capacity to improve further;
  • A dedicated, talented, enthusiastic staff who uphold and value the ethos of the school;
  • A dedicated and committed Senior Leadership Team;
  • Students who are motivated to learn and who participate fully in the life of the school;
  • Dynamic and committed Governors who will support, provide strategic guidance and, where necessary, constructive challenge.

Commitment to safeguarding

Bishop Wordsworth’s School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check as well as other relevant re-employment checks including satisfactory references and medical clearance.

Applying for the job

If you're interested in teaching or training to teach in England as an international citizen, we can help you understand your next steps.

Please download the application form using the link below, and once completed send to alg@bishopwordsworths.org.uk

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About Bishop Wordsworth's Church of England Grammar School

School type
Academy, Church of England, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
1178 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Phone number
01722 333851

History and tradition Bishop John Wordsworth intended that his school should provide a centre of academic excellence in the heart of Salisbury. Since 1890 Bishop’s has fulfilled that mission, and today we educate 1,176 students aged between 11 and 18 which include approximately 130 girls in our now fully co-educational sixth form. Under the shadow of the Cathedral spire our eclectic buildings span the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries, reflecting the school’s heritage. This creates a very special atmosphere in which students are conscious, on a daily basis, of their part in a long tradition of academic endeavour. Admission on ability As a Church of England Grammar School and Academy, we set our own entrance test and policy on admissions. Any student living within reasonable travelling distance of Salisbury is welcome to apply and students from the broadest range of schools and backgrounds thrive here. High expectations and high achievement ‘Bishop’s is one of the best-performing schools in the country and outstanding levels of success are part of everyday life. We never take this for granted, however, and continuously support and encourage our students to commit themselves fully to all that they do. Well aware of our expectations, our students relish the opportunity to aim high and achieve their goals. Every student is encouraged to find something at which they excel and to develop self-confidence as a result’. Christian values Our Church school ethos permeates the fabric of life here – from regular worship in the Cathedral and our Chapel, through religious education, to the way we operate as a community. We welcome students of all faiths or none, but the Christian values of concern for one other, respect and tolerance provide a moral compass that influences everyone, both personally and culturally. Spirit of togetherness As the school motto ‘veritas in caritate’ (truth through caring) suggests, consideration and thoughtfulness are central to life at Bishop’s. Right from day one, we work hard to make students feel valued and welcome. Within each year there are five tutor groups of around 32 students, led by form tutors. During Year 7 we monitor these groups carefully, knowing that the happier students are, the quicker they will settle in and flourish. If problems arise the form tutor or the relevant Head of School are the first points of contact and Heads of School operate an ‘open door’ policy whenever possible. Every sixth form student is allocated a personal mentor. Academic life Rigour, depth and breadth characterise academic life at Bishop’s. Students enjoy being taught by highly qualified subject specialists. Teachers teach so that students do well – but also to extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the narrow confines of exam syllabi. Throughout, we aim to engender a passion for learning and the development of skills to pursue that passion independently. In and out of school there are countless opportunities for students to develop their academic interests – workshops, lectures, master classes, fieldwork and more. Students regularly take part in school and national competitions, with many gaining success both within and beyond the curriculum. Extra-curricular A broad extra-curricular programme helps students to understand more of the world, to challenge themselves and to grow as individuals. At Bishop’s we aim to provide many and varied opportunities, so that every student has the chance to find new interests and achieve great things. Competitive sport is in the lifeblood of the school. Rugby, Cross Country, Athletics, Basketball, Soccer, Hockey, Netball, Cricket and more figure in the sporting calendar, with regular fixtures against schools across Wiltshire and the South West of England. While we are justly proud of our outstanding reputation for sporting success both regionally and nationally, we value equally the commitment of students who give their best to an activity they enjoy.

Arranging a visit to Bishop Wordsworth's Church of England Grammar School

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