Why work for Brighton Girls?
Our vision and values
As a founding school of the Girls’ Day School Trust, Brighton Girls played a significant role in the history of girls’ education. Our staff benefit from our 140-year history of excellence and innovation, with many opportunities to share ideas and best practice with colleagues across the network. They have access to an extensive central training and professional development programme to compliment school-based INSET days, and also funding grants for individual courses of study. Located in the heart of the city of Brighton; we are as eclectic, enterprising, and creative as the city itself.
We recognise that when employees are healthy, their productivity is increased. A healthy workplace relies on a variety of policies and practices to support employees’ physical, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental health. As such, we provide a free lunch during term time, access to tea and coffee facilities and drinking water, a clean and safe working environment, regular breaks, training on ergonomics, stress awareness and healthy work habits.
Brighton Girls is committed to diversity, inclusion and real change: a family where every individual is valued, respected and included. We are working hard to achieve a more inclusive working environment where all staff can flourish and contribute to the school’s success and we actively encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds. Our aim is to have a workforce that represents the vibrancy and diversity of our students and wider society.
We consider diversity to be a key component of our overall strategy and recently appointed a Race Equality Ambassador, whose job it is to create support networks and improve the experience of those who identify as People of Colour.
Following consultation with the Head of EDI at the GDST, we have chosen to use the term People of Colour. While we acknowledge that it groups together people of great ethnic diversity and different experiences and identities, we believe it is generally viewed more positively than some other terms. However, we are mindful of the fact that language constantly evolves and remain committed to continuing to educate ourselves, listen and learn.
We understand that improving diversity and inclusion is an ongoing process and we will continue to strive for improvement and make necessary adjustments to ensure that all members of our school community are supported.
- Competitive salaries and pay progression
- Access to extensive professional development opportunities
- Training grants for qualifications
- Generous pension schemes
- Free life assurance benefit
- A discount of up to 50% on fees for children at GDST schools
- Interest free loans for training, computer purchase loans and travel season ticket loans
- A ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme
- Competitive terms and conditions of employment
- A flexible working policy
- An Employee Assistance Programme
- Mental health first aiders
- Case-study - Miranda Cook, Trainee Teacher
“From the get-go I felt welcomed by your school community, supported in all that I was set to be doing whilst here, and expertly guided and advised. The standard of teaching here is some of the highest I have seen and there is not one lesson I have observed that has not been of the upmost quality. I therefore knew from the first week here that I was going to be able to learn a lot from the talented staff body your school employs.
Of course, a special thanks goes out to those in the PE department as well as all those I have worked with on fixtures or extra-curricular clubs. But I would also like to recognise all those who have welcomed me into their form groups, houses or let me observe their lessons around the school (outside of PE). I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Brighton Girls and will be most highly recommending this school to my University as a placement for future trainees.”
- The Beauty of Sudan - Tee Labeeb, Business Support Assistant
“I’m genuinely blessed to say that these form the foundations I live by today and without a country filled with soul and just so beautiful in its own right, I don’t think I would have known just how wonderful those values truly are.”
Steeped in culture, charity, history, food and gold, Sudan is the place I’m lucky to call ‘home’. Born in the heart of Khartoum, young though I may have been, I’ve been fortunate enough to live life through my family’s eyes, guided by their stories and tales – almost as if I’m still back in the place my life once began. The real stories came from both my grandmothers and the lessons I’ve learned along the way, with a lot of nurturing from my mum also, I know one day I’d be able to share the same treasures with my own children and I cannot wait for that moment!
Being young before coming to the UK meant that I didn’t get to experience much of what life had to offer in the motherland but that’s not to say that it was lost when I came here to England. My family and I have always been proud of our heritage and our culture and to this day continue to embrace everything that Sudan has to offer. I still sometimes wear the traditional jalabiya around the house. A jalabiya is a comfortable lounge dress made with an array of colours, cuts and styles and made to be worn for comfort, even when hosting!
Sudan is known for its beauty and so when I see the melanin glisten on my mother’s skin, I stand and stare in awe of how wonderful that cocoa brown tone is and the beauty in her eyes. Those tones are vibrant in my immediate family and almost have their own Pantone colour system ranging from deep chocolate to olive gold. Several times when meeting new people, I often get asked if I am my mother’s child given how different our shades are and although to some, this may be an annoyance – I love this. We don’t all have to be one tone to be a part of something bigger!
Let me tell you, there is more beauty than meets the eye in Sudan! From its fertile lands and mountains, to the large area it spans across, it once was the largest country in Africa. But it doesn’t just stop there!
Now this is what it really is all about! I live for the traditions, the food, yes the dominance of food plays a large part in our lives and most definitely the music too! I’ve shared our foods with strangers, colleagues and friends far and wide – from the sweet treats such as bitifour and kahk (a spiced cardamom, vanilla bean melt-in-your-mouth sudanese sugar coated cookie), to the spicy stews and kisra (a traditional flat spun roti sheet). And speaking of sweet stuff, did you know Sudan is the largest country in Africa for its Gum Acacia – a sweet vegan substance used in a lot of today’s modern day world including pharmaceuticals and confectionery too! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good bit of fish and chips living by the sea, but nothing can beat my mothers addas (lentil stew soup). It’s difficult to put into words the joy this brings when you feel like you are missing that little slice of home.
Want to see what culture really is? Just witness a traditional wedding or gathering (and believe me, there’s plenty of them)! The amount of colour, community, culture and creativity is mind blowing! And being part of that community is where we thrive together. If you feel like you need an extra pair of hands to do something, look no further than the community you are born into. You’ll have an extended abundance of aunties and uncles, cousins and even grandparents you may not have known or even met suddenly embrace you with open arms. I’ve seen this unfold before my very eyes time and time again. There is nothing too much for any one of us, or too out of reach to fulfil. To me, this is what community is. It’s about opening doors to help others.
In today’s society, being a resident within Brighton & Hove (and its extended reach), the diversity of our Sudanese gems have scattered in and around the city for years now offering love from every corner. That love looks like charity, donating, fundraising and standing together especially when times are hard. With the strength of the congregation embedded in the Coptic Orthodox faith, charity is where the heart really is for me – this has been instilled in all of us from a very young age. I’ve experienced food drives for the poor, collections for those in need and even strength in prayer alone. The Sudanese culture has always been known for sharing, for offering a helping hand and for standing together as one so for me, it really is the definition of love without measure…
Salary: £11.12 per hour
Contract: Part-time, Term Time Only
Hours: 06:00 – 08:30 Monday – Friday (14.5 hours per week)
Brighton Girls is seeking a reliable individual who works well in a team to play a key role cleaning the school premises, so that a clean and tidy environment is maintained for students, staff and visitors.
Previous experience is not essential, but you will need knowledge of basic cleaning equipment and materials and be able to follow instructions.
Why join Brighton Girls?
As a founding school of the Girls’ Day School Trust, Brighton Girls has a significance in the history of girls¿ education. Located in the heart of the city of Brighton; we are as eclectic, enterprising, and creative as the city itself.
As part of the Girls’ Day School Trust, our staff benefit from our 140-year history of excellence and innovation in girls’ education, with many opportunities to share ideas and best practice with colleagues across the network. They have access to an extensive central training and professional development programme to compliment school-based INSET, and also funding grants for individual courses of study.
– Competitive salaries and pay progression
– Access to extensive professional development opportunities
– Training grants for qualifications
– Generous pension schemes
– Free life assurance benefit
– A discount of up to 50% on fees for children at GDST schools
– Interest free loans for training, computer purchase loans and travel season ticket loans
– A Cycle to Work scheme
– Competitive terms and conditions of employment
For further information and to apply for this position, please CLICK HERE.
The ideal candidates will need to start immediately. The school reserves the right to close this vacancy at such time when the position is filled.
The GDST is committed to diversity, inclusion and real change: a family where every individual is valued, respected and included.
We are committed to the safeguarding of children and child protection screening will apply to this post.
Thank you for your interest in working at Brighton Girls GDST.
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