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  • Start date details

    September 2023

  • Closing date

    20 March 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    7 March 2023

Job details

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5



Working pattern

Full time, part time: Full time Full-Time or Part-Time hours will be considered. Part time Full-Time or Part-Time hours will be considered

Contract type


Pay scale

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What skills and experience we're looking for

We are seeking to appoint an ambitious, creative and inspiring teacher or ECT with energy, enthusiasm and a love of Science to join our team. This is a permanent post, commencing in September 2023 with full-time or part-time hours being considered. This is a wonderful opportunity to join a large, successful, and supportive team. Science is a very popular subject with large numbers at A level in all 3 sciences. The Department offers Combined Science as well as separate biology, chemistry, and physics GCSE at KS4.

The successful candidate will:

  • have a passion for science
  • have a passion for working with students
  • be able to plan and deliver high quality teaching
  • have excellent communication have the ability to embrace and contribute to the vision of the Department and school
  • be able to build relationships quickly
  • show respect to others and be able to embrace the ethos and values of the School
  • be positive, optimistic, caring, kind and approachable
  • be willing to be immersed in the life of a busy and successful school
  • have the ability to support, challenge and inspire our students, encouraging them to achieve the best they can through the promotion of outstanding teaching and learning

What the school offers its staff

You are asked to provide the following:

  • A completed application form
  • A letter of application of no more than 2 sides of A4 detailing your experience and expertise

Completed applications should be returned either by post, marked ‘Confidential’ to HR Recruitment Team, Shaftesbury School, Salisbury School, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8ER or by email to: recruitment@sast.org.uk

Should you wish to arrange a visit to view the School, please do not hesitate to contact Caroline Rabbetts, Office Manager on caroline.rabbetts@gryphon.dorset.sch.uk or at 01935 810101 who will be happy to arrange this.

Further details about the role

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.

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.

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

The Gryphon is a wonderful place to work and has a special atmosphere and feel. It became a founder member of SAST a multi-academy trust established in June 2017. The Good Schools Guide 2023 concludes that ‘A big school with a small school feel is exactly right. No child goes unnoticed and teachers seem to be genuinely motivated to see pupils progress to the best of their ability. An impressive capacity to cater for extremely different academic needs in a nurturing environment. No wonder it’s over-subscribed’.

We are an outward looking school with exceptional community links as well as strong relationships with other good and outstanding schools across the South West and nationally.

We are a comprehensive school serving a diverse community. Our high quality support staff make a real difference to our students. Teaching is often outstanding, and consistently at least good across all subjects and key stages. Teachers are provided with the resources to make lessons stimulating and practical and have excellent subject knowledge. They make sure students are very clear about what is demanded of them and how to improve. The School’s very positive entry in the Good School Guide describes pastoral care and discipline as ‘excellent’. Students are reflective, behave with great courtesy, and are heavily involved in working with staff to improve the school and the welfare of others.

The Gryphon gains high results for its students at both GCSE and A Level. Our large Sixth Form of 380 students is exceptional. We have an outstanding record of success in university entrance, including places at Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group universities, as well as for training places and apprenticeships.

Our 2023 GCSE exam results were, once again, excellent. 26 students achieved nine or more 7s, 8s and 9s with many staying on to attend The Gryphon Sixth Form.

Additionally, our A level results were excellent with 61 students receiving straight A, A* and B results including five students heading off to Oxford and Cambridge, and three students going on to study medicine.

In May 2022 our inspection as a Church School (SIAMS) judged us to be Excellent. Our most recent Ofsted visit, in June 2023, was very positive and confirmed our status as a “good school”. Our focus, which reflects our Church School status, is that we should be a “10:10” school; where students and staff experience life in all of its fullness. So for us education is more than just exam results – we place great value on the personal development of each student. We aim for them to leave school as well-rounded young people with a strong sense of what is socially, morally and culturally acceptable, and to feel that they have a contribution to make to the wider community. Digital learning is important at The Gryphon School including the use of mobile technology; we want our young people to use technology responsibly and to enhance their learning.

In summary, we are a true team with a great sense of pride in what we collectively achieve and we embrace the challenge for achievement to be even higher. Our special culture and ethos focuses on enabling students to be the best that they can, both personally and academically, supported by the tremendous work and care of all our staff. We continue to strive to be outstanding in all aspects of school life.

Arranging a visit to The Gryphon School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email office@gryphon.dorset.sch.uk.

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