Head's Office Communications Assistant

The Portsmouth Grammar School |

The Head’s Office Communications Assistant supports the Head with all aspects of internal and external communications, with functions and events coordinated by the Head’s office, and in wider relationship management.

The Head’s Office Communications Assistant supports the Head with all aspects of internal and external communications, with functions and events coordinated by the Head’s office, and in wider relationship management with external partners and agencies.

In addition, the role provides administrative support to the Deputy Head (Teaching and Education Development).

Previous experience of a similar role supporting at senior level with experience of developing communications, social media and marketing initiatives would be an advantage.

The post is full-time (37.5 hours Monday – Friday, with an unpaid 30 minutes for lunch) and operates throughout the calendar year. A flexible approach is essential to be able to support occasional evening or weekend meetings and events and to work additional hours where necessary.

The start date is expected to be mid February 2020 and this can be discussed further at interview.

The school is a strong supporter of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and support staff wishing to undertake appropriate professional training can apply for financial support towards any associated costs.

Key financial benefits of employment at PGS include a generous salary structure and leave allowance of 25 days per annum, increasing to 30 days over 5 years. The annual salary for this role will be dependent on the skills and experience of the successful candidate and is likely to be offered between £22,870 and £24,939. Annual leave should usually be taken during PGS school holidays and not during term times. A two course lunch is provided to all staff during term time.

The school will auto-enrol eligible support staff into the NEST pension scheme and also offers an alternative pension scheme with Scottish Widows whereby if the employee contributes 6.5% of salary the school will contribute 8.5%. We also have a non-contributory death-in-service policy.

The school is an approved operator of the ‘salary sacrifice’ Cycle to Work Scheme. All staff have free use of the school’s Sports facilities which include a well-equipped Fitness Centre.

The school is always looking for innovative ways to improve the working conditions and remuneration of its employees and welcomes suggestions from all staff.

How to apply:

PGS is committed to safeguarding children and the successful applicant will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure DBS check.

Further information is available on the website at www.pgs.org.uk under the ‘About Us’ section and any queries regarding the vacancy should be emailed to HR@pgs.org.uk.

An electronic application would be preferable, submitted to HR@pgs.org.uk. All applicants should complete a support staff application form, with a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter addressed to the Head, Dr Anne Cotton. Postal applications should be addressed to The Head, The Portsmouth Grammar School, High Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2LN. Please include email addresses whenever available. All applications should be accompanied by the names, addresses, email and telephone numbers of two referees.

Candidates are also welcome to apply through the TES website using the application form linked to the PGS advert.

The closing date for receipt of applications is noon, Wednesday 22nd January 2020 and early applications are encouraged. Interviews are scheduled to take place w/c 27th January 2020 with a provisional date of 31st January 2020.


Further Information


22 January 2020 Closing Date
£22,870 to £24,939 depending on skills and experience
High Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2LN
679 (11-18) Day Boys
464 (11-18) Day Girls

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