Assistant Headteacher, Beckenham

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The Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital SchoolBeckenham
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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Grade L5-L9
Contract term: Permanent

The Bethlem and Maudsley is an outstanding Hospital School. We work with pupils aged  4 – 19 who are patients of the Bethlem and Maudsley psychiatric hospitals. The pupils come from local, regional, national areas and beyond. We support pupils’ continued learning and their successful reintegration. We complement the hospitals’ focus on recovery by seeking to minimise the future impact of  admission.   

You will be required to work at both the Bethlem and Maudsley sites of the school, but primarily based at the Bethlem site of the school in the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) .   The PICU is a new service which will provide mental health care and treatment for pupils who need a secure environment whilst they recover.  You will be responsible for providing teaching mostly at KS3, KS4 and KS5, offering a core curriculum subject.  Flexibility to teach additional subjects is also required.  For these vulnerable pupils the aim will be to prepare them to return to education in one of the open psychiatric wards and eventually to their school or college.  

General description of the post 

The holder of this post is expected to carry out the professional duties of an Assistant Headteacher as described below and play a major role under the overall direction of the Headteacher, the Deputy Head and the Assistant Head lead for the Bethlem site in:

  • Leading teacher development with specific responsibility for the Adolescent PICU, Bethlem site
  • Formulating the aims and objectives of the school as manifest in the School Development Plan
  • Establishing the policies and strategies through which they shall be achieved
  • Managing staff and resources to that end 
  • Monitoring progress towards their achievementAlso to undertake, to the extent required by the Headteacher, any professional duties delegated by the Headteacher.  

As an Assistant Headteacher, the successful candidate will take a key role in further developing teaching in this highly regarded school. This is an exciting opportunity for the appointed person to develop their leadership skills and play a key role as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, across the whole school and alongside the hospitals’ multi-disciplinary teams.  The successful candidate will have:

  • excellent classroom practice in a core national curriculum subject; 
  • strong leadership skills; 
  • innovative approaches to ensuring individual pupil progress

We invite applications by candidates from mainstream primary and secondary as well as from special schools.  

Prospective applicants are welcome to telephone the Headteacher, John Ivens on 020 8777 1897 for an informal discussion about the post.    

Informal visist will take place on Tuesday 8th May 2018 at 5pm, please email to reserve your place. 

Closing date: 14th May 2018, noon at School Office 

Interview date: Monday 21st May 2018

Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School   

Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham  BR3 3BX    

Tel: 020 877 1897



Headteacher: John Ivens

Please send completed applications to the address shown above and mark for the attention of John Ivens, or alternatively, email to

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. Our recruitment processes follow the guidance in the DfE document Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education.  All staff will be required to undertake an Enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service.  

We are an Equal Opportunities employer.

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More about The Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School
Address: Beckenham Site, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3BX, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8777 1897