Thank you for your interest in joining Withington Girls’ School. We seek to recruit well-qualified and enthusiastic staff with a passion for their area of expertise. Working at Withington provides an outstanding opportunity to teach, or to support the teaching of, highly-motivated, able students in a stimulating, friendly and supportive environment.
Information about the School
Withington Girls’ School was founded in 1890 by a small group of eminent and far-sighted Manchester families who wanted the same educational opportunities to be available for their daughters as were already available to their sons. In keeping with the Founders’ wishes, the School has remained relatively small, with approximately 720 pupils; 155 in the Junior School (Years 3 – 6), 410 in the Senior School (Years 7 – 11) and 155 in the Sixth Form. The Head of Withington Girls’ School is a member of both the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) and the Heads’ Conference (HMC).
Public examination results consistently place Withington amongst the top schools in the UK. In 2019, our pupils were awarded 93% grades A*, A or B at A Level, with 32% overall being at A*. At GCSE, 90% of all papers taken were awarded the top 9 to 7 or A** to A grades. Sixth Formers leave to study a wide range of degree courses at leading universities in the UK and overseas. Results in A Level and GCSE examinations have seen Withington ranked consistently in national league tables as the top girls’ independent school in the North West of England, recognised most recently in The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2022. Read more…
Academic excellence is secured alongside an extensive range of extracurricular opportunities, including Music, Drama, Sport, Mathematics, Linguistics and Science Olympiads, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Young Enterprise Scheme, Model United Nations, Debating and Robotics Clubs, to name but a few. Academic departments offer subject-related trips and activities in addition to cultural trips at home and overseas. All pupils throughout the School engage in charity fundraising initiatives and we have a well-established and successful Partnership programme, working with local maintained schools, charitable organisations, local retirement homes and projects in Kenya and Uganda. Read more…
Pupils come from a wide geographical area around the Manchester locality, and from many different social, cultural and religious backgrounds, creating a diversity in which the School rejoices. The School is non-denominational and girls of all faiths, or none, are equally welcome. Through the Withington Girls’ School Trust, up to 100 means-tested bursaries are offered each year according to need. The Governing Body is strategically focused and highly supportive of all areas of the School.
The forward-looking development programme has, over the last ten years, provided a new Sixth Form Centre together with six new classrooms (which were opened in May 2009), a refurbished Art Room (opened in 2012) and a number of new facilities opened in September 2015 including a purpose-built Junior School, an expanded and re-equipped suite of Chemistry laboratories, a Design Technology workroom and a central ‘Hub’ which provides exhibition and social space for pupils as well as facilitating access to all the School’s main buildings. In 2018, a brand-new Sport & Fitness Centre was completed. Officially opened by Dame Sarah Storey DBE, the new facility provides an expanded area for sports and PE; viewing galleries; a large fitness suite; a ‘mind and body’ studio and a welcoming reception and hospitality area. Our netball courts and all-weather pitch have been recently resurfaced to a high specification, bringing Withington’s sports facilities to an excellent standard across all areas. A new outdoor activity space has provided an innovative facility that will benefit fitness, wellbeing and social interaction for Senior pupils. In 2022, a new dining experience for all was provided including a first-floor extension hosting a multi-functional hospitality space.
The Development Office has strong links with alumnae as well as former and current parents and staff and has been successful in raising substantial amounts for the Bursary Fund. Withington Onwards (the past pupils’ association) and the Parent Teacher Association are active in, and committed to, supporting the School socially and financially.
The excellent quality of teaching is a major factor in the exceptional level of achievement secured by pupils, both within and outside the classroom. Staff are eager to share their passion and enthusiasm for their subjects and give their time willingly to assist individual pupils outside lesson times; the relationship between pupils and staff is a particular strength of the School. The School has little need for formal rules and runs on ‘the 3 Rs’ of Respect for self, Respect for others, and Responsibility for personal actions and its pupils thrive within the warm, friendly and supportive environment. At home or abroad, Withington girls attract positive comments and we are just as proud of them as they are of their School.
Withington Girls’ School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.
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