Recruitment

Thank you for your interest in joining our staff at Withington Girls’ School. We are currently seeking the following colleagues to join our Withington staff:

Performing Arts Assistant
Development Director

Performing Arts Assistant

37.5 hours a week, Monday – Friday.

25 days holiday entitlement (to be taken outside of term time)

Withington Girls’ School, based in South Manchester, is a leading independent day school for girls aged 7 to 18 in which some of the best academic results in the country are achieved within a lively, happy and caring environment.

We are seeking to appoint a Performing Arts Assistant to support the Performing Arts Technician with a wide range of technical tasks, ensuring that the Drama and Music Departments, along with the Arts Centre, receive the technical support they require.

We are looking for someone who has some media and theatre industry knowledge and experience, and is interested in working in an educational environment.  Experience in media, lighting, sound and set construction are necessary, together with excellent communication skills, and a cheerful ‘can do’ personality.  Flexibility to work additional hours, during evenings and weekends is required.

WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU:

  • The opportunity to build on your knowledge of media, lighting, sound and set construction and take your next step in your career to a technical role within an educational setting
  • The opportunity to learn from an experienced team of teaching staff and the performing Arts Technician
  • A warm and friendly school where staff are respected and feel supported
  • Fantastic opportunities to get involved in the life of the School, with excellent facilities in new and refurbished buildings.
  • Opportunity to develop yourself, through continued professional development.

WHAT WE EXPECT FROM YOU:

  • A can-do attitude, willingness to learn from others and take initiative within this thriving department
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent inter-personal skills
  • Ability to keep calm under pressure
  • Ability to work flexibly in a very dynamic environment where hours worked are dictated by operational needs and very occasionally include some evening and weekend work

Documents

Application Form
Details of the Post

Interested in the Role?

Please submit a letter of application, and application form outlining your reasons for applying and what qualities and attributes you think you can bring to the role, via post or email to:

Mrs Nicola Byrne, HR Manager, Withington Girls’ School, Wellington Road,  Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6BL. Email: recruitment@wgs.org | Telephone: 0161 224 1077 | Fax: 0161 248 5377

Withington Girls’ School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.


Development Director

From 30 hours a week, typically over 4 days a week, all year round. Opportunity for the role to be full-time if desired.

Closing Date: Wednesday 29th August

Withington Girls’ School, based in South Manchester, is a leading independent day school for girls aged 7 to 18 in which some of the best academic results in the country are achieved within a lively, happy and caring environment. Pupils come from a wide geographical area in and around Manchester and from many different social, cultural and religious backgrounds which is a defining feature of the school. The bursary programme currently enables one-in-six pupils to benefit from means-tested financial support.

We are seeking to appoint an experienced specialist to develop and implement strategies to raise money for the bursary fund and other priority projects; and to continue to develop and strengthen alumnae relations.

WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU:

  • The opportunity to continue to develop and map out the Development Strategy for the school
  • The chance to lead and provide dedicated management to an existing team
  • The opportunity to join our outstanding school where public examination results consistently place Withington amongst the top twenty schools in the UK and as a leading Independent School in the North West
  • To enable more bright girls from financially disadvantaged backgrounds to benefit from an education at Withington through raising additional funds for the bursary programme
  • Colleagues eager to share passion and enthusiasm for their subject and where the relationship between pupils and staff is a particular strength of the school
  • A warm and friendly school where staff are respected
  • Fantastic opportunities to get involved in the life of the School, with excellent facilities in new and refurbished buildings.
  • Opportunity to develop yourself and your team, through continued professional development.

WHAT WE EXPECT FROM YOU:

  • A capable and highly enthusiastic individual with excellent knowledge and a passion for major gift fundraising and experience of managing and motivating a volunteer board
  • As an ambassador for the school, the talent, interpersonal skills necessary to drive, lead and contribute to the shared success of the team
  • To provide strategic planning and leadership to the Development team, together with the talent, enthusiasm and vision necessary to continue to develop and evolve the department
  • Ability to work flexibly in a very dynamic environment where hours worked are dictated by operational needs and occasionally include some evening and weekend work
  • A demonstrable interest in independent education and widening access to education programmes is also vital.

Documents

Application Form
Details of the Post
Information about the School

Please send a letter of application and completed Application Form via post or email to:

Mrs Nicola Byrne, HR Manager, Withington Girls’ School, Wellington Road, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6BL. Email: recruitment@wgs.org | Telephone: 0161 224 1077 | Fax: 0161 248 5377

Withington Girls’ School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

 



 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 680 pupils; 135 in the Junior School (Years 3 – 6), 390 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 Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC).

Public examination results consistently place Withington amongst the top schools in the UK. In 2017, our pupils were awarded 92%  grades A*, A or B at A Level and, at GCSE, 94% of all papers taken were awarded the top A* to A and 9 to 7 in the new numerical grades. Sixth Formers leave to study a wide range of degree courses at leading universities in the UK and overseas. The Sutton Trust reported in 2012 that Withington was the second most successful school (state or independent) in the country for placing students in the 30 most selective UK universities over the previous three years. Results in A-Level and GCSE examinations  has seen Withington ranked in national league tables as the top girls’ independent school in the north of England.

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Academic excellence is secured alongside an extensive range of extra-curricular opportunities, including Music, Drama, Sport, Mathematics, Linguistics and Science Olympiads, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Young Enterprise Scheme, the Model United Nations, Debating and Robotics Clubs, to name but a few. Sixth Formers work as voluntary assistants in local primary schools, a centre for severely disabled children, residential homes, hospices and hospitals. All girls, throughout the School, engage in charity fundraising, collectively raising over £30,000 in 2016-17. There are special links with Barnardo’s, two schools and a hospital in Kenya and a school in Uganda. Groups of Upper Sixth Formers engage in voluntary projects in The Gambia and Uganda each year and pupils take part in annual World Challenge expeditions. Academic departments offer subject-related trips and activities in addition to cultural trips at home and overseas.

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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. This year, a brand new sports development is underway.

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 Appeal, for the new Chemistry laboratories and for an Annual Fund which enables enrichment activities for current pupils. Withington Onwards (the past pupils’ association) and the Parent Teacher Association are active in, and committed to, supporting the School socially and financially, and there are close links with the local community including, for example, the Saturday morning science and DT lessons run by the School for gifted and talented boys and girls from local primary schools under the “SHINE” programme.

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 willingly of their time 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 appropriate to the Information about the Schoolpost, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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