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.

TEACHER OF ENGLISH 

BFS Payscale from £24,745

Our oversubscribed 11-16 school in the centre of Bedford, just 30 minutes from London does too.

RESPECT, HONESTY, HIGH EXPECTATIONS

At BFS our values drive everything that we do and as a result our teachers enjoy impeccable behaviour in lessons and hardworking, highly motivated students. Open for just 5 years, Bedford Free School is a genuinely comprehensive school that provides 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, and as you would expect, English is at the heart of this.

PARENTAL CHOICE

With waiting lists in each year group and GCSE results placing us amongst the top schools in the country, we have quickly become a hugely popular school locally. Demand for places is high as parents want the combination of a BFS 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 but 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.

THE DEPARTMENT

Our first two sets of GCSE results saw over 80% of students achieve A*-C in English, placing the department in the top 10% of all departments nationally. You will be expertly led by our Head of English and an established team of subject specialists. The department is housed in 4 dedicated classrooms each equipped with interactive whiteboards and projectors. Our school library is well stocked with classic and modern literature and English teachers have a maximum of 5 teaching groups each.

SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT

As a new member of staff you’ll be supported each step of the way. NQTs benefit from a bespoke programme of CPD, a reduced teaching load and a generous starting salary. For more experienced colleagues career development is made a priority - we offer financial assistance for relevant post graduate study and support for teachers wishing to apply to become Specialist Leaders of Education. You will be joining us at an exciting time – in addition to our newly completed £2m extension, a local primary school joins our multi academy trust in April,and we expect confirmation that we will be opening our second brand new secondary school in nearby St Neots very soon. The growth of our MAT is sure to create exciting opportunities for our staff in the future.

If our traditional approach and values of Respect, Honesty and High Expectations match yours, then we welcome visits to the school at any time and would encourage you to apply. For a confidential discussion about the position contact Paul Donald on 01234 332298 or email pdonald@bedfordfreeschool.co.uk

Closing date: 9am on Friday 10 March 2017

Early applications are encourages as we reserve the right to close posts early should sufficient applications be received.

Interviews: Week beginning 13 March 2017

Principal's welcome letter

Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

Exam Invigilators - £7.75 per hour

We are seeking to appoint casual exam invigilators across the school year. Invigilators must be available throughout most of the summer exam period from mid-May until the end of June. The purpose of this role is to implement examination procedures and ensure the proper conduct of examination candidates. You will be responsible for setting up exam rooms and collecting, distributing and the returning of all papers and ensuring all rules and regulations are followed. The ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate excellent inter-personal skills, an outstanding attendance and punctuality record, resilience, the ability to work in an organised and methodical manner.

Closing Date:  Monday 27th February 2017

Interview to be held within 10 working days of closing date

PLEASE NOTE:  CV’s are not accepted.

Principal's Welcome letter

Exam Invigilators Job Description and Person Specification

 

Application Forms:

Application form Teaching staff

Application form Support Staff

PLEASE NOTE: CVs are not accepted.

 

 

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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