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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.

Required from: September 2022

Contract term: Permanent

Hours: Full Time

Salary range: Middle Leader grade

The role:

Portsmouth High School is looking to appoint a well-qualified and enthusiastic Head of Mathematics from September 2022. The successful candidate will be an innovative teacher with experience of teaching up to A Level and a track record of management success. You will have the vision and ability to inspire our resilient and ambitious pupils, and will enjoy enabling students to reach their potential.

The department:

The mathematics department consists of a mixture of full-time and part-time teachers, all of whom teach across the ability range, including A Level. The ability to teach some of the further maths syllabus and prepare girls for Oxbridge applications would be of benefit.

Interested girls are entered for the UKMT challenges and each year we have students who qualify for the follow-on rounds. We actively seek to develop problem-solving skills in all our pupils, not just those of higher natural ability; all members of the department contribute to providing additional support.

The department is very supportive with the sharing of resources and teaching strategies commonplace. We benefit from a school culture that actively encourages trying new ideas and approaches to make the learning of maths engaging. Use of the latest technology is encouraged: teachers are provided with iPads and a stylus, and students are moving towards use of their own devices rather than being wholly reliant on paper.

The school:

Portsmouth High School is located in Southsea, an attractive region on the south coast which has retained much of its original Georgian character. The school is a dynamic place to work, offering a range of career opportunities and benefits and is committed to staff wellbeing. We are part of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) which is 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=015067. Applications should be accompanied by a letter addressed to the Headmistress outlining why you would be suitable for the post, plus the academic qualifications form.

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 1 February 2022.

Interview date: Wednesday 9 February 2022 tbc.

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

The GDST are 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 Disclosure and Barring Service.

This role will involve daily contact with children teaching lessons plus management in an independent school. The Head of Mathematics will therefore be engaging in regulated activity and an Enhanced DBS with Barred List checks, Prohibition from Teaching and Prohibition from Management 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 can be found here: https://www.portsmouthhigh.co.uk/policies

Required from: September 2022

Contract term: Maternity Cover (September 2022 to end Spring term 2023)

Hours: Part Time (approx. 70% fte)

Salary range: GDST Professional Grade (depending on experience, pro rata)

The role
Portsmouth High School is looking for a well-qualified and enthusiastic Teacher of English from September 2022. The successful candidate will be a confident and effective teacher with the ability to teach Key Stage 3 to 4; the ability to teach English at A Level would be of benefit. Applications from experienced teachers are welcomed, and for the right candidate, this might provide an excellent early career opportunity.

The department
The English Department is a dynamic, well-respected and collaborative department at the heart of the school. We firmly believe that the study of literature enriches all students’ understanding of the world around them, even our more reluctant English students. We aim for our students not only to appreciate the power of language by studying a wide variety of texts, but also to consider a diverse range of perspectives and attitudes; we sincerely hope this will be instrumental in them becoming thoughtful, empathetic young women. The department aims to help our students become confident, articulate speakers and accomplished writers; we always seek to help the girls achieve their best.

At Key Stage 4, we currently teach the CIE IGCSE English Language 0500 syllabus and the 0475 Literature in English syllabus; at A Level, we pursue Edexcel English Literature 9ETO and have an excellent uptake of students at this level.

We are exceptionally proud of our girls’ hard work and strong results across all curricular levels. The department is part of a wider faculty of English and Drama which allows us excellent cross-curricular links and interdisciplinary work on drama texts; we have three full-time English/English and Drama teachers; two teachers who teach across other academic disciplines in the school; and three members of our team have school-wide pastoral or curricular responsibilities.

We strive to share and review best practice and resources, making use of digital resources to support learning as appropriate. Outside the classroom, we have flourishing reading groups at KS3 and KS4 level; a newly-established Booker Prize group at sixth form; debating clubs; and public speaking opportunities. We work very closely with the library to promote reading across the school, including for events such as National Poetry Day and World Book Day, and we enjoy promoting girls’ writing outside the classroom.

The school
Portsmouth High School is located in Southsea, an attractive region on the south coast which has retained much of its original Georgian character. The school is a dynamic place to work, offering a range of career opportunities and benefits and is committed to staff wellbeing. We are part of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) which is 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=015387. Applications should be accompanied by a letter addressed to the Headmistress outlining why you would be suitable for the post, plus the academic qualifications form.

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 8 February 2022.

Interview date: Tuesday 22 February 2022 tbc.

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

The GDST are 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 Disclosure and Barring Service.

This role will involve daily contact with children teaching lessons and as form tutor. The Teacher of English will therefore be engaging in regulated activity and an Enhanced DBS with Barred List checks, 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 can be found here: https://www.portsmouthhigh.co.uk/policies

Required from: September 2022

Contract term: Permanent

Hours: Full Time

Salary range: GDST Professional Grade (depending on experience)

The role
Portsmouth High School is looking for a dynamic and versatile Teacher of PE from September 2022. The successful candidate will be a well-qualified teacher with the ability to teach Key Stage 3 and 4; the ability to teach younger pupils would be of benefit, as would the ability to teach hockey, dance and / or swimming. Applications from experienced teachers and Early Career Teachers are welcomed.

The department
While some of our students enjoy national success, sport at the school is inclusive not exclusive: participation is important, regardless of level. Girls enjoy a varied curriculum, including the traditional sports of hockey, netball, rounders, swimming, tennis and athletics. We also have a wide choice of co-curricular sports supported by specialist coaches offering girls the opportunity to try something new and discover fresh interests and talents. We are looking forward to sports tours once more being a highlight of the sports calendar.

The school also has use of excellent local sports facilities including co-ownership of a multi-use games area of four floodlit courts, access to a synthetic turf pitch for hockey and football as well as a grass athletics track. The school site hosts several netball / tennis courts and a large sports hall.

The school
Portsmouth High School has been educating girls since 1882. The school is located in Southsea, an attractive region on the south coast which has retained much of its original Georgian character. Notably, two of the school buildings were designed by architect Thomas Ellis Owen who was instrumental in shaping development of the local area.

We are a welcoming and caring community, committed to staff well-being. The school offers a range of career opportunities both internally and more widely throughout the GDST network.

Benefits
As part of the GDST, the UK’s leading network of independent girls’ schools, we can 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=015567. Applications should be accompanied by a letter addressed to the Headmistress outlining why you would be suitable for the post, plus the academic qualifications form.

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

The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 18 February 2022.

Interview date: Monday 28 February 2022 tbc.

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

The GDST 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 Disclosure and Barring Service.

This role will involve daily contact with children teaching lessons and as form tutor. The Teacher of PE will therefore be engaging in regulated activity and an Enhanced DBS with Barred List checks, Childcare disqualification declaration, 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 can be found here: https://www.portsmouthhigh.co.uk/policies

Required from: April 2022

Contract term: Permanent

Hours: Casual (zero hours basis)

Salary: GDST Grade 2 (from £18,534 pro rata, ie: hourly rate of £9.90)

The role:
We are seeking to recruit a team of Examinations Invigilators to have a key role in upholding the integrity and security of the examination/assessment process. The successful candidate will have a calm and reassuring demeanour, be comfortable with following a routine, and be able to maintain vigilance for extended periods of time.

Invigilators are responsible for conducting examination sessions in the presence of candidates, ensuring that the examination is conducted according to regulations. Work is predominately in the months of May and June for the external exam season; paid training will be provided at other times in the year (and is a mandatory element of the role).

On a typical examination day, invigilators will need to be available from 8:00am to facilitate the set-up of morning exams (1:00 pm for afternoon sessions). Invigilators may be required to supervise candidates over lunchtime and should be aware that on some occasions examinations can extend to 5pm. Flexibility is essential, as these timings are subject to change depending on the examination.

The school:
Portsmouth High School has been educating girls since 1882. The school is located in Southsea, an attractive region on the south coast which has retained much of its original Georgian character. Notably, two of the school buildings were designed by architect Thomas Ellis Owen who was instrumental in shaping development of the local area.

We are a welcoming and caring community, committed to staff well-being. The school offers a range of career opportunities both internally and more widely throughout the GDST network.

For further details and to apply please visit https://my.corehr.com/pls/gdstrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=015587. Applications should be accompanied by a letter of application addressed to the Headmistress.

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

The closing date for applications is midday on Monday 21 February 2022.

Interview date: Tuesday 1 March 2022 tbc.

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

The GDST 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 Disclosure and Barring Service.

This role will involve regular contact with children. The Examinations Invigilator will therefore be engaging in regulated activity and an Enhanced DBS with Barred List 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 can be found here: https://www.portsmouthhigh.co.uk/policies