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As Principal I take great pride in leading the school and supporting the students in their educational journey. The school mantra, ‘Knowledge itself is power,’ sits at the core of my own educational philosophy and influences all that we do as a school. As a staffing body we really do seek to get to know our students. I also firmly believe, as a parent myself, that if something is not good enough for my children then it certainly is not good enough for anyone else.  
TDS is a unique 4-19 mixed school. It is a high performing, successful and oversubscribed school of some 1500+ students with a secondary phase, thriving Sixth Form, and a recently opened primary phase. Our facilities are truly outstanding, including extensive sports grounds, a swimming pool and state of the art purpose built curriculum suites including a designated Sixth Form area. Learning here has never been more exciting. 

We believe that TDS should provide our young people with both the currency and character to succeed. We work relentlessly to nurture our students to unlock and achieve their potential. Our students are actively encouraged to make a valuable contribution to society and thrive in a mutually supportive environment. All of our students are educated to enter the adult world with a strong moral compass, a real sense of resilience and to be armed with the key transferable skills that will allow them to succeed in an ever changing and fast paced globalised labour market. Our innovative curriculum enables them to gain the highest qualifications, acquire flexible life-long learning skills, and be ready to act responsibly as global citizens.  We also promote the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of our pupils, including a recognition and understanding of Fundamental British Values.  

Underpinning all that we do are incredibly high expectations and a crucial person in any student’s school career is their form tutor and parents are actively encouraged to develop a professional working relationship with this key advocate for their child. 

If you are interested in working for a school that approaches education differently, uses common sense, adheres to a centralised approach to behaviour, believes in a knowledge rich approach and privies the role of the teacher as the subject expert within the classroom then we would like to hear from you. We would welcome your applying for our post. Alternatively, you can send us your CV to add to our talent pool for any future vacancies that may be of interest to you.

Mr S Strickland Principal