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Deputy Head (Academic) – The Portsmouth Grammar School, Portsmouth



An outstanding individual is sought to be Deputy Head (Academic) at this leading co-educational school. With a strong track record in leadership and management, the successful candidate will have significant input into the strategic development of the academic life of the school.

Required for January 2022

With a rich heritage dating back to 1732, The Portsmouth Grammar School (PGS) remains true to the aims of its founder, Dr William Smith, in providing an excellent education that develops in pupils a hunger for broader horizons. Located on a well-resourced campus in the heart of historic Portsmouth, PGS today inspires and nurtures over 1,400 boys and girls aged 2½-18. Through its focus on equipping pupils for life beyond PGS and encouraging pupils to think not only about where they will be at 18 but where they aspire to be at 25, the School continues to honour the legacy of its founder whilst adapting its mission for the challenges of 21st century life.

PGS enjoys superb facilities in a unique historic location, including a state-of-the-art Science Centre, a Sixth Form Centre, the Health and Wellbeing Centre, a theatre and dining hall complex, a beautifully refurbished library, and its own excellent sports ground at Hilsea.

PGS is often described by visitors as having a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere, a view reinforced by our parents, pupils, and staff. It is an exceptional place to work, and this is a particularly exciting time for the School as a whole.

Working closely with the Head, the successful candidate will nurture a joy of learning and scholarship beyond the bounds of the curriculum, as well as fostering the highest academic standards. The person appointed will be a good honours graduate, an outstanding classroom practitioner with high levels of administrative efficiency, considerable personal stamina and resilience, knowledge of current educational trends, and a clear commitment to the safeguarding and well-being of pupils.

He/she will enjoy taking initiative as well as being part of a team and be able to draw on the bigger picture in addition to focusing on the detail. A visible and dynamic leader, he/she will be instinctively collaborative and able to inspire confidence across the school community and drive continuous improvements in pupil outcomes.  With an ability to interpret and present data clearly and possessing good communication and inter-personal skills, the Deputy Head (Academic) will provide support and challenge to colleagues in the Senior School and maintain effective liaison with the Junior School.

PGS has an excellent record in the development of senior leaders and the post will provide excellent preparation for headship in due course.

Potential candidates wishing to discuss this post confidentially are invited to contact the Search Consultant handling this appointment:

Camilla Oulton –

The closing date for applications is 10.00am on Tuesday 8th June 2021

Candidates should complete the RSAcademics application form electronically and email it and a covering letter addressed to the Head, Dr Anne Cotton, as PDF files please, to RSAcademics’ Head of Operations (Leadership Appointments), Jonathan Barnes at: Jonathan can also be reached by calling +44 1858 383163.

The Portsmouth Grammar School is an equal opportunities employer and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service.

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Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 08 June 2021 10.00am
  • Preliminary interviews with RSAcademics via video conferencing 15 June 2021 -16 June 2021
  • Long List interviews at Portsmouth Grammar School 23 June 2021
  • Short List interviews at Portsmouth Grammar School 30 June 2021