This job expired on 15 April 2024

  • Start date details

    September 2024

  • Closing date

    15 April 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    14 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Headteacher

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Pay scale

Leadership Pay Scale: L28 - L34 (starting point negotiable subject to skills, experience etc.)

What skills and experience we're looking for

Applications are invited for the post of Headteacher at The Gryphon School. This is a fantastic opportunity to join and lead a vibrant school community with a very dedicated and hardworking staff team, excellent facilities and wonderful students.

The school is part of SAST, which is a multi-academy trust, with 18 schools (5 secondaries and 13 primaries) across Dorset and South Somerset. As a Trust we have more than 5,700 students and over 850 members of staff has. At the heart of the trust is the desire to work in partnership, to collaborate with others and to be outward facing for the benefit of children and staff. We believe in preserving Schools in their local community.

The Gryphon School is one of our leading secondary schools, serving students from across the local area. It has an excellent reputation, and strives to continuously improve the education it delivers.

We are looking for an outstanding individual who:

  • Provides inspirational, strategic and professional leadership and management
  • Is an excellent senior leader and teacher
  • Has a passion for education
  • Is able to inspire and motivate our learners and staff
  • Has high expectations to enable students to be the best that they can be
  • Is able to promote high standards of behaviour, mutual respect and care for all
  • Is a team player with the desire to learn and lead
  • Is sympathetic to our Christian values
  • Is committed to partnership, collaboration and sharing, an essential component of being part of a Trust

What the school offers its staff

We can provide you with:

  • Supportive, experienced school team of staff
  • The chance to make a difference and contribute to the school’s future development
  • High quality CPD and networking opportunities
  • The opportunity to work within SAST, a forward-thinking and growing multi-academy trust who support the school with central services teams including School Improvement, HR, IT, Estates, Finance and Marketing.
  • Support and collaboration with other schools across the Trust.

You are warmly encouraged to get in touch prior to application to discuss the position. Steve Smith, Director of Education is available to have an informal discussion with interested applicants about the role. Please contact him by email on Steve.Smith@sast.org.uk. You are also most welcome to visit the school.

Further details about the role

You are asked to provide the following:

  • A completed application form.
  • A letter of application of no more than 2 sides of A4 explaining your vision for the school and how your skills and experience would enable you to fulfil the role of Headteacher at The Gryphon School Completed applications should be returned by email to recruitment@sast.org.uk

SAST will conduct online searches of shortlisted candidates. In line with KCSIE guidance, this will be part of safer recruitment checks, 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 searches and will only share information if and when findings are relevant and of concern.

SAST recognises the benefit of having a diverse workforce and is committed to building a workforce which reflects diversity from the communities it serves. SAST values the contributions from all staff from a wide range of different backgrounds and actively seeks to promote an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment and at the same time supports fair promotion and cultural acceptance. Under the provision of the Equality Act 2010 SAST welcomes applications from everyone and operates a recruitment process which is fair and does not discriminate against or disadvantage anyone because of their age, disability, gender reassignment status, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race or nationality, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

This role is UK- based and your right to work will need to be established as part of the appointment process.

Commitment to safeguarding

Safeguarding responsibilities associated with this role may include engagement in regulatory activity, such as administering first aid or supporting an upset child. It will have 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 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.

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About The Gryphon School

School type
Academy, Church of England, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1552 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
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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

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email office@sast.org.uk.

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