School profile

Gillingham School

Gillingham School currently has in the region of 1700 students on roll, from age 11 to 18. We are the only secondary school in the town and we serve the town itself and the surrounding villages. The school provides education for all types of young people in our area: boys and girls; rich and poor; academic, sporty, artistic, practical or caring. Students achieve across the whole breadth of school life and all its facets – they are a credit to their school, their families and themselves, and we are very proud of them.
We believe in the value of education in its broadest sense and we cater for our young people whatever their skills, abilities and aptitudes: these could include a wide range of sports and outdoor activities; music, drama, or other aspects of the creative arts; and, of course, we are determined that each individual will leave with the very best exam results that they could possibly achieve. We really do aim to support all our students to achieve and succeed before setting out into the world as a valuable member of the community.

About our school experience

At Gillingham School we usually offer an initial experience of one day. Following on from that it may well be possible to arrange for further experience in your chosen subject area. We do not require candidates to undergo a DBS check but it is certainly an advantage if you want to spend more time with us after your initial visit. We do not charge any administration or other fees. The only restriction on who can attend experience days with us is that you are looking into teaching as a career.
Start and finish times
8:20am to 3:20pm - Flexible

If you need to start later or finish earlier, then please let me know and I will take your requirements into account.

Dress code

Business dress

Teacher training

We provide teacher training in conjunction with the Mid Somerset Consortium.

Find out more about our teacher training

Links to more information about our school

Entry requirements

You must:

    • Photo identification: for example driving licence or passport.
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

Placement availability

We can arrange experience visits at most times during our school term.

School experience type
In school


Hardings Lane, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4QP
Map showing Gillingham School

Yes - on site parking provided

Approach the school from School Lane, and you will be able to park in the staff car park.

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Hardings Lane, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4QP
School phases
Secondary (11 to 16), 16 to 18
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

  • Art and design
  • Biology
  • Business studies
  • Chemistry
  • Communication and media studies
  • Computing
  • Design and technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Maths
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious education