Head of Junior School

Bedford Modern Junior School is a thriving co-educational independent day school for 245 boys and girls aged seven to 11. Part of Bedford Modern School (BMS), the Junior School occupies a purpose-built site situated at the edge of a 40-acre wooded setting with spectacular views over Bedford. The School provides a caring and supportive environment where children enjoy excellent, enthusiastic teaching in first class surroundings. Part of the Harpur Trust, one of the UK’s largest charities, BMS blends a rich heritage with a 21st century educational experience which inspires young minds and develops well-rounded individuals able to make a meaningful contribution to society.

Following the announcement that the Head, Mrs Joanna Rex, will retire from teaching after 30 years of exceptional service to the School, we seek an outstanding leader – for January 2023 – to build on a strong platform of success and deliver an innovative educational vision for the future of the Junior School.

Collaborative, creative and dynamic, our new Head will inspire pupils, parents and staff to achieve the highest standards of educational and pastoral excellence. They will combine an evidenced track record of successful senior leadership experience, developed in the independent or state sector, with effective management skills and the capacity to work collegially as part of a wider organisation. A genuine resonance with our distinctive ethos is essential, as is a proactive willingness to embrace the many benefits of being part of the Harpur Trust.

The Harpur Trust has retained the services of Perrett Laver to help identify the widest possible field of suitable candidates and assist in the assessment of candidates against the requirements for the role. An executive search exercise is being undertaken alongside the public advertisement of the post.

The full recruitment pack can be downloaded below.

Applicants should submit a CV (including comprehensive details of key achievements and responsibilities) along with a covering letter which outlines their interest in Bedford Modern Junior School and fully addresses the competencies outlined in the job description and person specification.

Completed applications should be uploaded here and the closing date for applications is 08:30 GMT on Thursday 27 January 2022.

The longlist of candidates will be determined in the week commencing 31 January 2022. Longlisted candidates will be invited to interview with Perrett Laver in the weeks commencing 07, 14 and 21 February 2022.

The shortlist of candidates will be selected in the week commencing 28 February 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to first round interviews and informal interactions at BMS on Tuesday 08 and Thursday 10 March 2022 and finalist candidates will be invited to the School to attend the final interview on Monday 14 March 2022.