Why Work at Gordano School?


Situated at the head of the beautiful Gordano Valley but only 7 miles from Bristol, Gordano School enjoys an outstanding local reputation for academic achievement and extra-curricular activity. We are committed to the comprehensive ethos of opportunity for all and focus on excellence in everything that we do. This is a happy school – come and visit us to see what we do and how you could add value.

Our belief is that every single child is gifted and unique. Our aim is to work with individuals to allow them to realise their potential and to help them find avenues to personal success and self-esteem.
We expect a great deal of our students and our staff – mainly that we are all enthusiastic, honest, tolerant and industrious. In return, we offer a tremendous range of opportunities for both, within the classroom and beyond, from age 11 and through into our flourishing sixth form, for teaching and support staff alike.

About Portishead

Portishead is a thriving area, with a current population of approximately 22,000, the new house-building programme in the area will increase this by a further 8,000 people.  With this new influx of residents and a growth rate of 40%, Portishead will shortly be the second largest town in North Somerset.

It is a vibrant and social place to live - there is a sports and leisure complex which was partly funded by the National Lottery as well as funds from the Town Council and North Somerset Council.  It houses a large swimming pool, leisure and play pools, indoor bowls, six badminton courts, a gymnasium, a fun room for toddlers, a cafeteria and a licensed bar. Other sporting facilities in the town include open air tennis courts, a large outdoor swimming-pool, a boating lake, cricket grounds, football and hockey pitches as well as many cycle lanes for those who enjoy getting out and about.

Rewards & benefits

Gordano School is part of the Lighthouse Schools Partnership Trust and seeks to be an employer of choice and as a high performing School and a learning organisation, this is a concept driven by its staff.

Our core employee rewards and benefits include:

  • competitive salary
  • pension scheme
  • child care vouchers
  • competitive annual leave
  • employee assistance programme
  • family friendly leave, pay and working arrangements
  • relevant learning and development opportunities, with the possibility for financial and/or other assistance

Career Development

The School supports employees in continuous professional development (CPD) where required and expects everyone to participate in the performance management scheme once probation is passed. The aim is to raise the skills levels of Gordano staff to create a highly motivated and skilled workforce.

Ofsted 2012

"Achievement is outstanding."

“Students benefit from anoutstanding education based on an extensive and innovative curriculum.”

“Teaching is outstanding. Many lessons are characterised by stimulating pace and challenge, and high expectations.”

“We have thriving student leadership teams running initiatives from gardening projects through to charity events.”

 “There is a rich menu of opportunities to experience life in other countries including visits, exchanges and trips.”

 “Students are proud to be members of the school.”

 “Gordano is an excellent school run by staff who care about children”

 “Students’ excellent attitudes make a significant contribution to the learning in a very happy, safe and harmonious environment.”