Teacher of English (Maternity Cover)

The Gryphon School, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 4EQ

6 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    3 January 2023

  • Application deadline

    3 October 2022 at 9am

  • Date listed

    15 September 2022

Job details

Key stages

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Contract type

Fixed term (Until 31.12.2023)

Pay scale

Main Pay Range Teachers Pay (M1-M6)

Teacher of English (Maternity Cover) job summary

We are seeking to appoint an ambitious, creative, and inspiring teacher or ECT with energy, enthusiasm and a love of English. This is a fixed term, full-time post to cover a period of Maternity Leave commencing January 2023. This post also comes with the possibility to teach Film Studies. This is a wonderful opportunity to join a large, successful, and supportive team. 


The successful candidate will  

  • Have a passion for all aspects of the written and spoken word 
  • Have excellent communication skills and the ability to celebrate and promote high quality teaching and learning 
  • Have the ability to embrace and contribute to the vision of the Department and school 
  • Be able to build relationships quickly 
  • Have a positive approach 
  • Have a real interest in educational issues, approaches and alternatives from around the world 
  • Be proactive and confident 
  • Use resources, intellect, creativity and innovation to be successful 
  • Have the ability to support, challenge and inspire our students, encuraging them to achieve the best they can through the promotion of outstanding teaching and learning 
  • Have the ability to be a team player who will go the extra mile to support students and who will enjoy the opportunities of this role 


 SAST will conduct online searches of shortlisted candidates. This will be part of safer recruitment check, and the search will purely be based on whether an individual is suitable to work with children. All aspects of social media and internet searches will be conducted. 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 


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 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. 

 

Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust (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. 

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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
1571 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

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.

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