Current Staff Vacancies

Principal/Tumuaki – U5

Grantlea Downs School, Timaru

Year 0-8 – Commencing Term 1 2023


An exciting opportunity exists at our school for an outstanding leader, beginning 2023.

Grantlea Downs School is situated on the northern outskirts of Timaru on spacious grounds. Timaru is located on the South Island's east coast and is the gateway to all the South Canterbury region has to offer: rivers, mountains, bush walks, bike tracks, ski fields, and lakes. 

Grantlea Downs School is an urban school with the slogan ‘The Country School in the Town’ and we pride ourselves on our connection with the surroundings.  We are a well-resourced U5, full primary school with a current roll of 330 students and a supportive community.  We provide a caring, positive, and stimulating environment for our tamariki, their whānau, and our staff.


At Grantlea Downs School we encompass our values in everything we set to achieve, Honesty – Pono, Responsibility – Takahanga, Excellence – Hiranga, Respect – Manaakitanga.


Our new principal/tumuaki will:

  • be an excellent communicator, able to build strong, positive relationships with students, staff, the board, parents, and the community.

  • have the ability to empower and support teachers to continually develop their skills, and knowledge and be innovative classroom practitioners.

  • be passionate about improving student performance and motivating students to achieve.

  • continue to promote our school as a vibrant place of learning, incorporating the local environment and community interests.

  • be honest, fair, consistent, and able to consider diverse perspectives for effective decision-making.


Position commences Term 1, 2023 or by negotiation.


How to apply:

Please send your CV and direct enquiries to


Download our application form          application form

Download the application pack         application pack

Applications close 3pm Friday 14th October 2022.

Syndicate Leader - Teaching Position
2 Permanent Units  

We are looking to appoint a Syndicate Leader in the Year 7-8 area to join our senior management team from 28 January 2023.  We require a genuine, collaborative, and passionate person to fill this role. 


We pride ourselves on our clear, explicit practices, our teamwork, and our commitment to provide the best education possible for our students.  Structured Literacy (SL) is developing strongly in our school so experience in SL or a willingness to fully develop knowledge in SL is crucial.  

We welcome applications from experienced teachers as well as existing leaders looking for a change of environment.

Please send your CV and cover letter detailing your areas of strengths and application form 
application form

by 3 pm, Monday 17th October 2022 to:

Sandra Annett, Acting Principal
Grantlea Downs School, 65 Grants Road, Timaru