Deputy Head (Academic)

Deputy Head (Academic)

Bedford Modern School (BMS) is an outstanding HMC independent co-educational day school for students aged 7-18. Our community is a friendly, happy and supportive one and all of the 350 employees, spanning both teaching and non-teaching roles, help to make BMS a very special place to work.

We are seeking a forward thinking and effective leader to join our Senior Leadership Team from September 2024. Under the direction of the Headmaster, the Deputy Head (Academic) will lead on all academic matters in the school. Strategically, the role will work with a wide range of stakeholders building on existing good practice to further enhance the school’s performance in this area. Operationally, the role is to ensure the effective academic operation of the school and to enable inspiring teaching.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in leadership and management. With a vision for academic innovation and experience in the management of the delivery of teaching and learning, the candidate will need to form collaborative relationships based on trust and professional challenge.

This exciting opportunity will particularly suit an experienced teacher with a proven track record of successful academic leadership, and who aspires to headship in the future. The successful candidate will be a well-qualified graduate with a strong academic and professional background, and able to teach one of the subjects currently offered by the School to A Level (on a significantly reduced timetable). You will need to be an effective communicator, passionate in your beliefs yet approachable and cooperative in style. A visible leader, your commitment will drive the school to further improve its academic standing, building on the existing high expectations in terms of attitude and commitment of both students and staff.

All BMS staff are expected to engage fully in the community, with a well-established culture of student and staff wellbeing, and wide-ranging engagement across both curricular and co-curricular activities.

In return, we can offer a competitive salary commensurate with its seniority and importance plus several attractive benefits including a private healthcare scheme, a generous pension scheme, training opportunities through our membership of the Harpur Trust and free lunches (in term time).

For an informal discussion about this role or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact Karen Sallows, HR Manager on 01234 332500 or

We encourage applications from all communities as we want to have a workforce that reflects the social, cultural and ethnic diversity of our students.

Closing date: 26 February 2024

First interviews will be take place w/c 4 March 2024

Further details and how to apply can be found on our website:

Any internal candidates must apply through Employee Self Service. Please see the guide in the company news area.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The School may carry out online searches on shortlisted applicants.

The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. The School is therefore permitted to ask job applicants to declare all convictions and cautions on a self-declaration form in advance of attending an interview.

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