Jobs at Bedford Free School

 

We are looking to recruit outstanding and committed staff to join our extremely successful and happy school. BFS celebrated its first GCSE results this summer and our results placed us amongst the top schools in the area, with English and maths significantly above the national average.  We are unashamedly ambitious for our students and we proudly offer a rigorous, academic curriculum supported by strong discipline which means our teachers can concentrate on teaching. If you are an excellent professional and support our vision and values of Respect, Honesty and High Expectations we would love to hear from you.

Small school, big curriculum, infinite possibilities.

We are a small school, where teachers and students know and look out for each other. Safeguarding children enrolled at the School is of paramount importance, and we are fully committed to the protection and safe care of our students. The successful applicant will be required to undertake appropriate checks as well as providing proof of your right to work in the UK.

 

Director of Education

Up to £60,000 - negotiable for an exceptional candidate

To start September 2018

 

Believe in traditional values, rigour and very high expectations? Committed to a knowledge-rich curriculum?

This is the opportunity to be part of the central executive team of an expanding Trust.

Our Trust is based in the centre of Bedford, just over 30 minutes from London. We are recruiting a Director of Education to work with and support the Executive Principal and in delivering an excellent curriculum, top quality subject-specific professional learning developing teachers as curricular thinkers, and playing a key role in the Trust’s executive team, developing significant capacity to expand the Trust

Aspiration, Honesty, Respect

At Advantage Schools our values drive everything that we do and as a result our teachers enjoy impeccable behaviour in lessons and hardworking, highly motivated students. Our schools are genuinely comprehensive and provide a knowledge-based education for students of all backgrounds. We teach an unashamedly academic curriculum consisting of the best that has been thought and said.

Parental Choice

With waiting lists in each year group and GCSE results placing us amongst the top schools locally, we have quickly become hugely popular schools. Demand for places in our schools is very high as parents want the combination of a knowledge-based education and our distinctive small school feel for their children. 

We’re looking for people who want to be the best. You will be excellent in the classroom and as a leader, and hence an inspiring character who is willing to lead by example. You will also contribute positively to wider school life. Most of all, you will be clear that education is a great leveller and work hard to help us achieve our goal of preparing every student to go to university. 

Support and Development

Career development is a priority – this is a whole-trust role involving each of our current schools and with significant involvement in expansion of the Trust. We expect the Director of Education to be able to step into any required senior leader responsibility at short notice, and to be either a Principal or Executive Principal in due course.

Our trust is ambitious to grow to ten schools in five years, so you will be challenged with aspects of due diligence and the challenges of new schools we take on or open. You will be joining us at an exciting time –  we are hoping to open our second brand new secondary school in nearby St Neots soon.

A key role of the Director of Education will be to ensure that our teachers are able to grow in their careers within the Trust, with excellent professional development and learning for all colleagues, particularly focussed on curricular development.

If our traditional approach and values of Respect, Honesty and High Aspirations match yours, then we would encourage you to apply. 

Early applications are encouraged as we reserve the right to close this post should a suitable candidate apply.

As part of the interview process, which will be held over 2 days, we will spend the some of the first day sharing information about what we do and touring the schools.

How to apply:

Should you wish to have a confidential discussion about the role or the Trust with the Executive Principal, please contact Esther Logan at elogan@bedfordfreeschool.co.uk

To apply, please complete an Advantage Schools application form and submit a letter of application of not more than 1000 words addressing the person specification and how your knowledge, skills and experience have prepared you for this role.

The deadline is Tuesday 8th May. Shortlisting will take place on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th May and there will be a two-day interview process for shortlisted candidates.

Welcome from the Executive Principal

Welcome from the Chair of the Trust

Director of Education Job Description and Person Specification

Find out more about us

 

We are a small school, where teachers and students know each other and look out for each other. Safeguarding children enrolled at the School is of paramount importance, and we are fully committed to the protection and safe care of our students. The successful applicant will be required to undertake appropriate checks as well as providing proof of your right to work in the UK.

Application Form (Teaching)

Application Form (Support)

 

Why Bedford Free School?

Small school, big curriculum, infinite possibilities.

We are a small, intimate school, where teachers and students know each other and look out for each other.

Our Vision:

Bedford Free School aims to become a centre of educational and personal excellence for students between Year 7 and Year 11, playing a key role at the heart of the community it serves.

We have created a culture in which the highest expectations and aspirations surround all of our students, delivering on the rightful demand from parents in Bedford and Kempston for an excellent education opportunity for their children.

Our School has a positive, ‘can-do’ culture built around…

  • Respect for all
  • Honesty from all
  • High expectations

What makes us different?

  • “Go the extra mile”

Fundamentally underpinning everything the school does, we believe that every child, given the right circumstances, can achieve incredible things – and that to achieve this requires all of us - students, parents, Governors, team members - to go the extra mile to make this happen.

  • “Small school, big curriculum, infinite possibilities”

We believe that our innovative structure enables us to benefit from being deliberately small – so that every child can be truly known and supported – yet offer the big curriculum that they have the right to experience.

  • Culture of high expectations

We believe that provided with the right support, every child is capable of academic and personal success. Everyone in our school community will work to our culture of positive behaviour and high expectations and will be supported to attain these.

  • A focus on numeracy and literacy…

We believe some students struggle because they have never mastered the basics, and that the answer to this is to ensure that every child has these. As a result we are dedicating extra time and resources to numeracy and literacy.

  • An education in the widest sense

We offer an education that is not only academically demanding but seeks to enrich students’ lives. We offer a broad range of extra-curricular opportunities including our highly regarded electives programme, development days, Global Communities lessons and our Extended Projects programme in Year 7.  We are also strongly committed to preparing our students for further education or the workplace.  We run Work experience in Year 10, University visits in Y11 and hold post-16 options and careers fairs to support the transition of our students.

What are we looking for?

Our staff will:

  • Share and uphold our values of respect, honesty and high expectations
  • Believe every student is capable of the highest level of academic and personal success
  • Go the extra mile for our students and their families
  • Have the ability to inspire students to ensure they achieve the best possible individual outcomes within an aspirational environment
  • Demonstrate a commitment and desire to continually improve

What do we offer?

We are committed to supporting our staff to continually develop their practice. We invest significantly in a number of professional development programmes.

Safeguarding

We are a small, intimate school, where teachers and students know each other and look out for each other. Safeguarding children enrolled at the School is of paramount importance, and we are fully committed to the protection and safe care of our students. The successful applicant will be required to undertake appropriate checks as well as providing proof of your right to work in the UK

Teacher training opportunities:

More of the best graduates and professionals are training to teach. That’s because there are more great reasons to pursue a career in teaching than ever before. You get the chance to inspire young people and use your skills to give something back – making sure every pupil gets the same access to a quality education and the opportunity to succeed. Plus you can benefit from financial support during your training, and once you’ve qualified you can enjoy enviable job security and a generous pension. Plus

Make a difference:

By bringing your knowledge and skills to teaching, you can make a real difference to young people’s development. There aren’t many careers that combine tangible awards with the chance to play an important role in others’ lives- but that’s exactly what teaching offers.

A great career opportunity:

The job satisfaction that comes with teaching is hard to beat. It gives you the chance to inspire the next generation and make a lasting difference to young people’s development. It’s also a career that’s full of opportunities for you to discover and hone a range of new skills. As a teacher, you’ll learn to be a brilliant mentor, manager and consultant.

For more information about teacher training please visit: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/

Or visit our local teacher training partners:

Bedfordshire schools’ training partnership:

www.bedsscitt.org.uk

 

Newnham Partnership:

 

https://twitter.com/NewnhamITT

University of Bedfordshire:

 

http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/departments/teacher-education/routes

Volunteering and Work Experience

at Bedford Free School

Volunteering in a school offers a fantastic source of work experience for those considering a career in teaching or working with young people. It is also a great way to develop communication skills that are valued by all employers, whether working with young people or not.

Volunteering in general is a great opportunity to gain experience of working with children especially if you are considering applying for teacher training. Getting some experience in a school before you apply for teacher training will not only strengthen your application, but provide you with an invaluable insight into what teaching is really like through observing classes and shadowing teachers. The time you spend in a school will be invaluable. You'll gain a better understanding of how schools work, how you can fit into teaching, and important insights you can take into your training. It'll also help you prepare the strongest application possible and get you fully prepared for the interview stage.

If you are interested in volunteering or work experience please complete the application below and send it with a covering letter to recruitment@bedfordfreeschool.co.uk.

Volunteering and Work Experience application form

Useful links:

https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/arranging-school-experience-independently

 

 

 

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