1 September 2024 | Permanent Post
Group 6 School: Salary Scale L26-35
(starting point dependent upon experience and current post)
The Trustees of Newport Girls' High School (NGHS) invite applications for the post of Headteacher with the promotion of our current Executive Head to a directorship post in a Trust after six years of outstanding service to the School. The school is returning to a single Headteacher model from September 2024.
NGHS is an amazing school. We are a state-funded, selective (Grammar) school for girls aged 11-18. We converted to Academy Status in 2012. Rated outstanding by Ofsted in all areas in 2022, the School continues to top the regional league tables at both GCSE and A-level. In 2022 the school was ranked 18th in the country for GCSE and this year achieved a P8 score of +0.8. At A-level, 72% of grades were A*-B with most students progressing to Russell Group institutions including Oxbridge.
We pride ourselves on academic success, but an NGHS education goes much further than this. With over 50 school clubs and activities held across the academic year, a thriving and closely-fought House Competition programme and a Curriculum Enrichment Week each June, success is not only achieved in lessons!
The School has seen an expansion from 536 pupils when our current Head started to around 800 today. With two more years of Selective School Expansion Funding, we will reach around 860 students by 2026. We are now a Group 6 school. We take a large number of students into Year 12 from the surrounding 11-16 and 11-18 high schools with a rise from around 95 students to 125 this year in Year 12. To accompany this expansion has come two significant building projects since 2018 including new science and IT facilities, new maths classrooms, a new dining space and kitchens and much more besides!
The staff body at NGHS is dynamic, enthusiastic and willing to try new ideas and concepts. We have a range of CPD programmes in place including whole school and faculty-based training, Professional Learning Groups and Good Practice Weeks. We do not have any division between support staff and teaching staff; we are one, successful staff body with a common goal of doing everything we can to help our girls to flourish. As a Flexible Working Ambassador School, we do have a larger than average number of part time / flexible working colleagues, but communication systems are strong and we feel this adds a real bonus to the well-being and work-life-balance of staff.
Our students are a delight to work with. Their conduct, approach to learning and care for each other means we can be dynamic and try new things without the worry of disengagement. As Ofsted said "there is a real buzz about learning" at NGHS. We have numerous student committees and student voice is very important. We also have lots of opportunities for older students to mentor and support their younger peers as well as our sixth formers working within our local primary schools. There are student leadership positions available in almost every year group.
Our Board of Trustees and Members are supportive, experienced and keen to work with our next Headteacher to take NGHS even further. The new post holder will inherit a school with a balanced budget and reasonable reserves, but will be expected to continue the hard work of our outgoing Head and Finance Manager to maximise the money available for our students, staff and to manage the upkeep of our Victorian main building! We are a Single Academy Trust, but work closely with the West Midlands Regional Director and his team about future opportunities in this arena.
The post of Headteacher will suit an existing, successful Head looking for a new challenge or a Deputy Head who has a track record of leading significant areas of their current and/or previous schools. Experience working in the selective (grammar) and girls-only sectors is not required for this post, but an appreciation and understanding of the importance of both elements is expected. A commitment to completing NPQH (if not currently held) is also a pre-requisite. We would happily welcome applications from colleagues in the state and independent sectors. A full person specification is in the application pack. Our Trustees will ensure a strong induction and support package for the successful candidate.
NGHS has a very strong relationship with local primary schools, the Grammar School Heads Association, the Successful Girls Grammar School network, the Local Authority (Telford & Wrekin) and other Midlands Grammar Schools, which share the same admissions test. The new Head will be expected to maintain these links and contribute to the School's ongoing success and development through multiple channels. We also run a thriving, local 'Taste of High School' programme to encourage more Year 5 girls and their parents to consider NGHS, particularly those from less affluent backgrounds. In Year 7 we are heavily oversubscribed.
For further details, please download the Application Pack and complete the application form. Please do this through the TES website or by visiting our Recruitment PageSchool Visits
There is an opportunity to visit the school prior to application. There are three dates set aside where the Head and Chair will meet with you and show you our school. Please select the date you prefer and email email@example.com to book a visit and tour:
- Monday 5 February at 1.45pm
- Thursday 8 February at 9.30am
- Monday 19 February at 9.30am
(Visits may be with other prospective candidates).
If you have any questions about the post, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also visit our website to discover more about NGHS, our students and our successes.
The Board have asked for applications to be submitted by Monday 26 February at 8am
Interviews are scheduled for Thursday 29 February and Friday 1 March. Candidates will be required on both days. Candidates will be notified no later than the morning of Tuesday 27 February if they have been shortlisted for interview. We regret we cannot give feedback on any applications not shortlisted for interview.
NGHS is committed to the equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy/maternity, race, religion or belief. We particularly welcome applications from colleagues from under-represented backgrounds. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS, Barred List check and other recruitment checks in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education Safer Recruitment practices. This includes sourcing police checks for any period of time spent abroad and online searches.
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