Work with us - Portsmouth High School

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.

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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 seeking a Design Technology Technician with a particular focus on supporting teaching and learning in both the school’s DT workshop and food technology facility.

Required From: October 2021

Contract Term: Permanent

Hours: Full time, Term time only plus 10 days

Salary: GDST Regional Support Grade 4 (£24,000 – £33,500) pro rata

The successful candidate will undertake material preparation, light machine maintenance and will assist pupils in the safe storage and preparation of food ingredients. The role will include some supervision of classes within the food technology facility. Candidates would benefit from background knowledge of craft-based subjects or workshop experience; full training for the role is available.

Portsmouth High School has an enviable reputation for academic success and we celebrate impressive examination results at both A Level and GCSE. We credit our success to the hard work of our girls, specialist teachers, disciplined classes and highly regarded, traditional courses, which give our girls a firm foundation for academic excellence.

For our staff, the school is a dynamic place to work, offering a range of career opportunities, benefits and a commitment to staff wellbeing. The school is part of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), the UK’s leading network of independent girls’ schools.

We offer a variety of benefits, such as:

  • Competitive salaries and pay progression
  • Access to extensive professional development opportunities
  • Training grants for qualifications
  • Generous pension schemes
  • Free life assurance benefit
  • A discount of up to 50% on fees for children at GDST schools
  • Interest free loans for training, computer purchase loans and travel season ticket loans
  • A Cycle to Work scheme
  • Competitive terms and conditions of employment

For further details and to apply please visit https://my.corehr.com/pls/gdstrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=012767

A letter of application, addressed to Mrs Jane Prescott, Headmistress, must be included with your application, outlining why you would be suitable for the post, along with the qualifications table.

If you have any queries, please email hr@por.gdst.net or telephone 023 9282 6714.

The closing date for applications is midday on Tuesday 5 October 2021.

Interview date: Friday 15 October 2021 (tbc).

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.

This role will involve daily contact with children during lessons and on occasion will involve some teaching. The DT Technician will therefore be engaging in regulated activity and an Enhanced DBS and Prohibition from Teaching checks will be required. All school staff have a responsibility to work in accordance with statutory requirements and GDST Safeguarding and Child Protection policy and procedures. The school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures: https://www.portsmouthhigh.co.uk/policies

The GDST is committed to diversity, inclusion and real change: a family where every individual is valued, respected and included.