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Deputy Head (Academic)

West Buckland SchoolBarnstaple, Devon

This exciting opportunity arises with the retirement of the Director of Studies and a review of the school's strategic direction.

The Deputy Head Academic position is suited to someone with a strong background in excellent teaching and a vision for what an effective and exciting curriculum should look like.

West Buckland is a school founded in 1858 intended to offer an excellent education based on Christian values.  It stands in nearly 100 acres of grounds, surrounded by farmland, near the western edge of Exmoor and within easy reach of the magnificent Atlantic coast and famed beaches of North Devon.  Its rural location is outstandingly beautiful. 

The Deputy Head Academic is a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and as such is responsible to the Headmaster for all matters relating to the academic vision of the Senior School and West Buckland School Online.

The Governors and Senior Leadership Team are currently developing links to launch West Buckland School on-line at the start of Autumn term 2021. The Deputy Head Academic will play a central role in the delivery of this project.

Values held by the Senior Leadership Team:

  • Supporting others' success
  • Creative problem solving
  • Trust and accountability
  • Enabling excellent teaching


Interested candidates are invited to contact the Headmaster to arrange a confidential discussion ahead of application, if required via

The deadline for receipt of applications is 10.00am, Thursday 4th March 2021.

Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email it together with a covering letter, which should be addressed to the Headmaster explaining their reasons for applying.

Please email your completed application form and letter, both as PDF files please, to:

Requests for any additional information may be addressed to

All applications will be acknowledged by email.

If you have not received acknowledgment that your application has been received within two working days of sending it, please contact via 01598 760189

Preliminary (long list) interviews will take place on-line on 10th and 11th March 2021.

Short List interviews will take place at West Buckland School in the week 15th March 2021.

West Buckland School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service. The post is defined as being within the scope of Regulated Activity.

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