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Deputy Headteacher: Director of Boarding/Sixth Form

Deputy Headteacher: Director of Boarding/Sixth Form

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Burford (Secondary) School


  • Expiring soon
L18 – 22
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
From Easter 2018
Apply by:
12 January 2018

Job description

Burford School is a highly successful 11-18 rural comprehensive school with Academy status. Established in 1571, we currently have around 1200 students on roll with a strong Sixth Form of over 200 students. Situated high above the town of Burford, on the eastern edge of the Cotswolds, the school includes a Boarding House with just under 100 boarders from both the UK and abroad.    

We serve a widespread rural community and close links are maintained with our nine partner Primary Schools which provide two thirds of our annual intake of approximately 200 students. Some students travel considerable distances from beyond our catchment area to take up places at the school due to its excellent reputation for academic success, extra-curricular activities and pastoral care, and the growing Sixth Form attracts new members each year. Our aim is to recruit colleagues who will be stimulated by the prospect of working hard to share in our success. 

Due to the promotion of the current post-holder to headship, there is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic and innovative leader to join our highly professional and effective Senior Leadership Team.

The person appointed will be responsible for the strategic overview of our Boarding Department and Sixth Form. This is a non-residential post and would suit experienced middle leaders with a pastoral or academic background. Burford is a dynamic and exciting school, with examination results that put us in the top 20% of schools in the country. The person appointed would help lead us through the next phase of our development.


Applications should be returned to the Headteacher, Mrs K M Haig.  

Closing date: Friday 12th January 2018 at 12:00.

Interviews will be in early January. 

Burford School is committed to safeguarding children and young people. All post-holders in regulated activity are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced check.

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Burford School was founded by Charter in 1571 and has been maintained continually since that date. The school was developed as a County School from 1929 when the Foundation admitted girls.  In 1957 the school moved up the hill to its present 36 acre site. The Boarding House and surrounding staff accommodation occupy the historic site of the original Grammar school in the town.  The attractive, listed, buildings provide varied facilities within a safe environment.  This history has given Burford a unique flavour but is a school of the 21st century.

Academic expectations and standards are high.  The students consistently achieve outstanding examination results both at GCSE and A level, which are well above National and Oxfordshire figures. The sixth form, which is based in purpose built accommodation next to the Library, provides twenty six ‘A’ and ‘AS’ Level courses.  The students are ambitious, many aspiring to and gaining places to the top universities including Oxbridge.  The curriculum is organised through a departmental structure, with a mix of single subjects and broad based faculties such as Technology. Pupils are initially taught in mixed ability groups with increased setting as students move through the school.  The school site is Wi-Fi and there are four well equipped computer rooms, in addition to the departmentally based computers.  All teaching rooms have data projectors and interactive whiteboards to support student

The pastoral care in the school is co-ordinated by the Heads of Year and a member of the senior leadership team.  Tutor groups meet at the start of each day for assemblies and tutorials.  Day School was inspected in February 2012 and judged as `Good’ by OFSTED.  The Boarding House was inspected in May 2013 and awarded `Good’ overall, but `Outstanding’ for Leadership and Management.

The House system enhances a wide range of extra curricular activities offered throughout the school. There are many opportunities for residential experience including a thriving Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, regular exchange visits organised by the Modern Foreign Languages Department, Sailing and Skiing trips, cultural visits to Russia, and Music residential.  The school has a well deserved reputation for sporting excellence winning many national and local competitions for all major sports. This summer the senior teams completed a three week Sports Tour of Australia. The Music department offers opportunities for students to join the main orchestra, the training orchestra, the school jazz band, rock school and choir.  As an international school we have many links with schools in all parts of the world.  The exchange programme to Uganda, now in its fourteenth year, is a unique opportunity for senior students to work with pupils from a very different background.

Though traditional in its atmosphere, uniform and annual cycle of events, including Charter Day, Burford is thoroughly contemporary in its outlook.  There is a collective feeling of pride in the school.

We are, quite simply, a happy and successful school.

Mrs K Haig

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