Teacher of English for September, October or January, Bedford

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Bedford Free SchoolBedford

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £25,000 - £39,000 depending on experience
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

BELIEVE IN TRADITIONAL VALUES, ACADEMIC RIGOUR AND VERY HIGH EXPECTATIONS? Want a SLT who visibly support staff? Want to teach pupils who behave impeccably at all times?

Visit! You will be blown away. 

Then you will be interested in our oversubscribed 11-16 school in the centre of Bedford, and just 30 minutes from London. We are recruiting an English Teacher. 


At BFS our values of respect, honesty and high expectations drive everything that we do and as a result our teachers enjoy impeccable behaviour in lessons and hardworking, highly motivated students. Open for nearly 6 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. 


With waiting lists in each year group and GCSE results placing us amongst the top schools locally, we have quickly become a hugely popular school. Demand for places is very 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 and an inspiring character who is willing to lead by example, but will also contribute positively to wider school life. Most of all, you will be clear that education is a great leveler and work hard to help us achieve our goal of preparing every student to go to university. 


We have a knowledge-based curriculum that is written in advance by the Head of Department with support from the team. You will be led by excellent leaders - both our Head of Department and second in charge of department are superb. You will be working with a team of subject-specialists. 

The department is housed in 4 dedicated classrooms, each equipped with interactive whiteboards, and projectors. English teachers have a maximum of 5 classes and as well as their own classrooms, have a departmental office which provides a quiet working space and the opportunity for the close-knit team to come together regularly. 


Career development is a priority - there will be opportunities to work on whole school priorities and gain the experience required to progress into senior leadership in due course. Additionally, we offer financial assistance for relevant post graduate study and support for middle leaders wishing to apply to become Specialist Leaders of Education. We have partnerships with a number of local training providers, the Institute for Teaching, and with Inspiration Trust in Norfolk, so professional learning is second-to-none. You will be joining us at an exciting time – in addition to our newly completed £2m extension, a local primary school joined our multi academy trust in April 2017, and we will be opening our second brand new secondary school soon. The growth of our MAT is sure to create exciting opportunities for our staff in the future. 

There are no unwieldy and impossible marking policies, no written reports our pupils’ behaviour is impeccable supported by same-day whole-school sanctions where necessary - delivered centrally so teachers are not chasing, and Senior Leaders have a very high profile to ensure that you are supported to develop. 

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 with the Executive Principal, please contact Esther Logan, PA to SLT, on 01234 332290 or email elogan@bedfordfreeschool.co.uk to arrange an appointment

Early applications are encouraged - we will interview candidates as they apply and hence we reserve the right to interview early for this post should a suitable candidate apply. 

We strongly advise a visit as this school is unlikely to be like anything you have ever seen!

Small school, big curriculum, infinite possibilities. 

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.

We have our own salary scale which is  above the national average and we have created a significant remuneration package for the right person. Flexible working hours may be considered.

To apply, please either complete the application form on the TES website or visit the BFS website (www.bedfordfreeschool.co.uk). You may upload to the TES website or send completed applications to recruitment@bedfordfreeschool.co.uk 

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More about Bedford Free School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 16 years
Address: Cauldwell House, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42 9AD, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1234 332299
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BFS opened in September 2012 and is now heavily oversubscribed, reflecting our established popularity and reputation with local parents. We have now celebrated three sets of solid GCSE results that put us top in Bedford and amongst the best in the re...