Head of Year

Redborne Upper School and Community College, Bedford, Bedfordshire


Job details

Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Main pay range 1 to Upper pay range 3, £24,371 to £40,489

Job summary


Start date: September 2020
Main / Upper Scale plus TLR1B £9,900.00 per annum

We are seeking to appoint a dynamic and committed Head of Year. This is an exciting challenge for either an experienced teacher who is looking for additional responsibility or an experienced Head of Year. As Head of Year you will work collaboratively with your tutors, pastoral team and other middle and senior leaders. We are looking to appoint someone to develop and embed an ethos of high expectations, outstanding attitudes and learning with the year group, as well as develop strong professional relationships with students and parents.


• Leading and developing a team of 2 Assistant Heads of Year, form tutors and a Pastoral Support Officer (PSO)
• Taking responsibility for the personal and academic development of an assigned year group
• Designing and providing appropriate professional development for members of the year team
• Supporting team members in achieving the year group targets
• Leading the student support and guidance services for the assigned year group
• Setting the tone and ethos of the year group using assembly time, social time etc.
• Focusing on the individual student and personalising the school’s response to their needs
• Demonstrating the highest standards of behaviour management, inclusive practice and a full repertoire of teaching skills
• Working with the form tutors in the assigned year group to improve their work and enhance the personal development of the individual students
• Developing and maintaining processes and procedures for the year team that are in tune with school policies, support learning and promote effective internal/external school communications.
• Producing an annual self-evaluation and development plan which is designed to help achieve school targets
• Ensuring that form tutors set challenging student progress targets (academic and personal) for each of the students in their care
• Ensuring the positive use of the tutorial programme and individual time through regular monitoring and adaptations
• Demonstrating the highest standards of behaviour management, inclusive practice and a full repertoire of teaching skills
• Organising and leading appropriate cross-curricular or extra-curricular activities that promote the ethos of the year group and the personal development of students.
• Building effective links with the local support services, community organisations etc. in order to best support our students
• Utilising and managing the allocated resources effectively


• Leading and developing the year team with a focus on developing all aspects of student learning
• Leading professional development within the year team and, when appropriate, the school
• Monitoring, evaluating and quality assuring the work of all members of the year team
• Providing developmental and constructive feedback to the form tutors at regular intervals and ensuring that they act on this guidance
• Promoting inclusive teaching practices
• Encouraging reflective practice
• Working with subject leaders and heads of faculty to ensure that students’ needs are being met.


• To line manage all form tutors assigned to the year team and performance manage any assigned teachers.


1. To comply with Redborne’s commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
2. To maintain confidentiality at all times in respect of school-related matters and to prevent disclosure of confidential and sensitive information.
3. To undertake any other duties of a similar level and responsibility as may be required.

Essential educational requirements

● Outstanding teaching skills
● Successful teaching of students in secondary phase
● A track record of achievement and ambition

Essential qualifications

● Qualified Teacher status
● Good honours graduate

Essential skills and experience

● Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
● Ability to operate effectively as part of a team and communicate effectively at all levels
● A considerable work rate and high degree of administrative efficiency
● Knowledge and understanding of issues relating to safeguarding
● Strong ICT skills
● A positive approach to problem solving
● A demonstrable commitment to equality of principles and practices
● Ability to lead, motivate, challenge and inspire staff and students
● Ability to set high standards and subsequently identify, challenge and improve underperformance
● Ability to motivate and inspire others; both colleagues and students
● Strong personal motivation and drive
● Ability to use initiative
● Interest in personal and professional development
● Commitment to a high-profile presence in the school community
● Ability to deal sensitively with people and resolve conflicts
● Sense of humour and ability to work under pressure and self-regulate

Employee benefits

TLR 1B £9,900.00

More on how to apply

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Secondary
School size 1644 pupils enrolled
Age range 13 to 18
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Redborne Upper School and Community College website (opens in a new window)
Contact email eva.hobson@redborne.com

About Redborne Upper School and Community College

Redborne Upper School provides a dynamic, friendly and vibrant environment where support, training and development for all staff is a priority. Our students and staff experience a supportive and caring atmosphere, along with high standards and expectations for success. Do you want to be part of a successful team of highly committed staff working towards excellence? If so, we look forward to hearing from you.
Please note that Redborne does not accept applications from agencies or CV's.
We are committed to the safeguarding and promotion of children’s welfare and all offers of employment are subject to satisfactory DBS clearance.

Redborne is a successful school on a spacious and pleasant campus near the market town of Ampthill in Bedfordshire. We achieve excellent examination results with about three-quarters of students typically gaining Maths and English at grades 9 – 4. ‘A’ Level results are also very good with over half at ‘A*’, ‘A’ or ‘B’ grades and an overall pass rate of 99.9%. About 80% of the Sixth Form go on to university and each year a number of students get into Oxbridge. The school is well regarded, oversubscribed and situated in a very pleasant area of Central Bedfordshire, within easy reach of London. The campus includes a state-of-the-art 400 seat theatre and we have just opened a new classroom block and Sixth Form social area. In the next few years the school is likely to expand to 1,700 with 500+ in the sixth form. Redborne is also a National College Support School, a Leading Edge School and has Teaching School Status.

School location

Flitwick Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK45 2NU