This job expired on 9 October 2023

  • Start date details

    1st January 2024

  • Closing date

    9 October 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    21 July 2023

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  • Headteacher

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Full-time equivalent salary

Competitive Salary

Headteacher to open and lead Bedford Special Needs Free School job summary


to open and lead

Bedford Special Needs Free School

Location:  Bedford, Kempston

Start date January 2024

A generous relocation package is available for UK candidates outside the Bedfordshire area

Bedford Special Needs Free School

currently being built at:

Bedford Road


MK42 8PU

Email: biltt.hr@biltt.org

Website:  https://biltt.org

Bedford Inclusive Learning and Training Trust (BILTT), a leading provider of special education, is seeking an experienced and dynamic Headteacher to open and lead our brand-new special needs free school. This is a unique chance to shape the future of our school, making a positive impact on the lives of children with complex needs and their families.

This role would be suitable for someone already in a headship position or equally, an experienced deputy headteacher looking to move to the next step in their career journey


Provide strong leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the school.

Ensure the delivery of high-quality education, care, and support to pupils with PMLD, SLD, and other special needs.

Foster a positive and inclusive learning environment that promotes pupil well-being, independence, and achievement.

Lead, motivate, and develop a team of dedicated teachers, support staff, and professionals.

·        Collaborate with parents, carers, and external agencies to create effective partnerships and maximise outcomes for pupils.

·         Oversee the school's compliance with statutory regulations and ensure the highest standards of safeguarding and child protection.

·         Support in the recruitment of staff for the new school.

·         Manage the school's budget and resources efficiently, ensuring value for money.


 Qualified teacher status (QTS) with relevant experience in special education.

·         Extensive knowledge and understanding of PMLD, SLD, and a range of special needs.

·         Proven experience in a leadership role, ideally within a special needs school or a similar setting.

·         Strong leadership and management skills, with the ability to inspire and empower a diverse team.

·         Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, fostering positive relationships with pupils, staff, parents, and external stakeholders.

·         A commitment to inclusive education, promoting equality, diversity, and the well-being of all pupils.

·         Knowledge of relevant legislation, policies, and procedures in special education.

·         Enthusiasm and drive to set the strategic direction of a new school.

·         A forward-thinking approach, embracing innovation and continuous improvement.

We offer a competitive salary package commensurate with experience, along with opportunities for professional development and career progression within our expanding organisation.

 To apply for this rewarding position, please submit an application and a cover letter outlining your relevant experience and vision for the role tobiltt.hr@biltt.org   Applications available to download fromhttps://biltt.org/biltt-vacancies

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to arrange either a visit to the Trust or a call to discuss the role with the CEO/Executive Principal.

 Recruitment timetable

 Closing date: 9am Monday 09 October 2023

Interview dates:  Week Commencing 16th October

The post is subject to Enhanced DBS Clearance, Health Clearance, social media checks, a probationary period and satisfactory references.  BILTT is committed to safeguarding, Prevent, the welfare of pupils and ensuring equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers; irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage & civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, belief, sex or sexual orientation and expects staff to share that commitment. 

We look forward to hearing from you

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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