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Work with us

Portsmouth High School is a dynamic place to work, offering a range of career opportunities and benefits and is committed to staff well-being.

Find out more about the Girls’ Day School Trust as one of the top 100 best not-for-profit organisations…

Portsmouth High School is part of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) which is the UK’s leading network of independent girls’ schools educating 20,000 students and employing 3,700 staff.

Portsmouth High School has been rated as a “three star” organisation in the 2016 Best Companies employee engagement survey, and overall the GDST has been rated as a “one star” organisation and this means the Trust is classed as a ‘Very Good’ organisation, and one of the top 100 best not-for-profit organisations.

We offer:


Competitive salaries


Generous benefits (pensions, holidays, discounted fees at GDST schools)


Access to an extensive training programme and development opportunities (including our Middle Leaders Development Programme and Aspiring Leaders Programme) and to grants for individual courses of study


Networking opportunities with other teachers across the Trust to share best practice and develop initiatives that benefit all our schools


Rewarding roles beyond teaching in areas such as finance, ICT, Estates, HR, communications and development


Portsmouth High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and staff undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the DBS.

Portsmouth High School is an all-girls school situated on the south coast with an established legacy as a leading school in Hampshire and West Sussex. It was established in 1882 as part of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) family of schools, which is the largest group of independent girls’ schools in the country and a national leader in girls’ education.

Girls from age three to eighteen receive the best in teaching and pastoral care in a dynamic, happy and caring school where pupils are encouraged to develop their academic and creative potential. The pupils are encouraged to participate in activities through an extensive co-curricular programme. The school prides itself on valuing each girl as an individual who is inspired to become the best version of themselves.

The Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) plays an important and vital role through their operational excellence and management of finances. They will be an important figure in the local community and within the wider GDST family. We are looking for an inspirational and self-motivated leader.  This is the chance to play a vital role in a leading GDST school.

The post holder will be expected to lead a high-performing team, and will be responsible for the School’s financial performance and its future direction.

The successful candidate will be a member of the Senior Leadership Team, with a key role in long-term strategic development and planning for the whole school. They will have responsibility for all commercial and operational matters affecting the school.

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The GDST offer a generous salary and benefits package and further information can be found on the GDST website www.gdst.net/careers/why-work-for-a-gdst-school

Portsmouth High School is part of the GDST (Girls’ Day School Trust) – the leading network of independent girls’ schools in the UK. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the DBS.

The closing date for applications: 9 October 2020 and initial interviews will be held on 16 October 2020. This position is from January 2021 or as agreed