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Headteacher - Dorchester Middle School

Salary details: £68852 - £79748

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Occupational group
Salary details
Leadership Scale L22-L28
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Debbie Shutts
Contact email
Contact telephone
01305 265651
Closing Date
16 March 2020
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Required: 1 September 2020

The Governors are seeking to appoint an inspirational leader to our successful 9-13 Middle School Academy. 

This position has become vacant due to the recent sad death of our previous Head Teacher. There is currently an Acting Headteacher in post while a new headteacher is recruited.

Dorchester Middle School is located in the attractive town of Dorchester, which is situated some 8 miles from the Jurassic Coast in the glorious countryside of West Dorset.  It is a Middle School deemed Secondary with pupils from Dorchester and some of its surrounding villages and benefits from a fully comprehensive intake.  Most of our pupils feed into the very successful Thomas Hardye School in Year 9, which is on an adjacent site. 

It is part of the successful Dorchester Area Schools Partnership of local First, Middle and Upper schools who share resources, planning and expertise in order to enhance continuity across all stages of the childrens’ education. 

The school converted to a Single Academy Trust in June 2012 and is considering becoming a member of a local MAT, while retaining its own Headteacher, budget and ethos.

Dorchester Middle School was categorised as "Good" in its Ofsted Inspections in May 2014 and November 2018.  However, it was judged as "Requires Improvement" in May 2019 and is working hard to return to a Good school in the next 18 months and to fully realise the potential the school possesses. 

This school of 595 pupils has very good accommodation, playing fields and grounds.  Within the school there is also a Physical Disability base, which enables a high degree of inclusivity across the school, recognised by Ofsted as a particular strength.

The successful candidate will have a clear, strategic vision for the school, displaying energetic leadership and highly developed interpersonal skills, complemented by an ability to motivate and inspire pupils, staff, parents and the wider community.   Such skills will enable Dorchester Middle School to build on its considerable strengths in order to deliver a first class education for all pupils.

If you would like to discuss this post with the Chair of Governors, Mrs Jan Dunne, and/or to arrange an informal visit to the school, please contact our School Business Manager, Mrs Debbie Shutts on 01305 265651 or email: dshutts@dmsschool.co.uk

An information pack and application form are available on our school website:  www.dorchestermid.dorset.sch.uk

School visits welcome during w/c 9th March 2020.  Closing date for applications is Monday 16th March 2020 and interviews will be held on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th March 2020.

Applications can be made, or downloaded, via www.dorsetforyou.com.  Individual CVs will not be accepted.  You can also find further details about the school and its facilities via the school website.

Dorchester Middle School values the diversity of our workforce and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.

Dorchester Middle School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people; this is a commitment, which we expect all staff and volunteers to share. The successful candidate will be required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check in line with the Government’s safer recruitment guidelines