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Headteacher's Personal Assistant & Clerk to the Governors

37 hours/week, all year round. JG7, SCP 24 £28,672 pa to SCP 27, £31,346 pa plus contributory pension scheme

The School

Gordano School is a large and highly successful 11-18 comprehensive secondary school approximately eight miles outside Bristol. This includes a thriving Sixth Form of over 350 students that is strongly integrated into the school and offers significant opportunities for Post-16 teaching in over 30 courses. We are the sole secondary school serving the popular town of Portishead, and benefit greatly from being a central part of our community.

We view education as something bigger than just academic achievement. We have a record of considerable academic success, but believe that an education should be about preparing young people for their future lives in a complete sense. As well as consistently positive Progress 8 and Level 3 Value Added outcomes at GCSE and A Level respectively we place great emphasis on student leadership, an unparalleled extra-curricular programme and student progression to their next steps in a wide range of academic and vocational routes.

We value our membership of the Lighthouse Schools Partnership, the North Somerset Teaching Alliance and our role as a Teaching School in delivering high quality support and development for colleagues, both new to the profession and more established. Our size allows regular opportunities for progression into leadership roles.

We were judged Outstanding in all categories in our last Ofsted inspection, but, just as importantly, seek to be a very happy school community with a big heart. This has never been more evident than in the last year, where we have been incredibly proud of the response from our brilliant staff, children and families to the Covid pandemic.

The Role

We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and proactive individual to be Personal Assistant to the Headteacher and Clerk to the Governing Body.  The successful candidate will:

  • Have significant experience gained through employment in a similar role
  • Be highly organized and possess excellent communication and ICT skills
  • Be expected to act with discretion and confidentiality
  • Be able to apply sound and logical judgment in decision-making

To be considered for this position you must:

  • Have a real passion and 'can-do' attitude for supporting the School
  • Be inspired by a high-paced and dynamic working environment

A degree of flexibility in availability and approach to working hours is essential given the nature of our business. Governing body meetings may take place outside of school hours and this will be discussed in more detail during the interview process. 

If you have the necessary relevant experience, motivation and relish the challenge of a demanding role we want to hear from you.

Gordano School, through the Lighthouse Schools Partnership, offers an excellent benefits package including contributory pension scheme, a comprehensive employee assistance programme and benefits (offering discounts on shopping), cycle to work scheme and on-site parking. As a Teaching School we also offer support to staff looking for career progression.

Application forms and a covering letter must be submitted by email to  

Submission of a Curriculum Vitae is optional

Closing date: 9:00am on Wednesday 22 September 2021
Interview date: TBC

Gordano School supports Equal Opportunities Employment.

Gordano School is committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils and expects all staff to share this commitment. Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment background checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. Appointment is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for regulated activity.