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  • Start date details

    September 2024

  • Closing date

    17 July 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    10 July 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Part time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£23,037.00 - £23,414.00 Annually (FTE) Advantage Schools Support Staff Scale Points 3-4

Receptionist (8:00am - 1:00pm) job summary

Permanent – 25 hours per week (Hours: 08:00-1:00 Monday to Friday, Term Time only (Including 5 Training Days) - 0.5863 FTE.

We are looking for a part-time, term time only receptionist to join our supportive team at Bedford Free School. The successful applicant will be flexible, hardworking, and willing to go the extra mile. We are looking for the successful applicant to start in March 2024, once all checks are complete.

The role will include:

To ensure the efficient operation of Reception and Student Reception

To assist with the production, organisation, distribution, and maintenance of resources within any area

Undertake reception duties, receiving visitors to the school, maintaining accurate records in accordance with health and safety requirements

To support the smooth running of the school day with the general administration of the Bedford Free School

Work under own initiative to ensure workload is prioritised and efficiently completed

To undertake such other duties which lie within the post holders competence and contribute to the learning environment within the school, which may be required from time to time



At BFS our values drive everything that we do and as a result our teachers enjoy impeccable behaviour in lessons and hardworking, highly motivated pupils. BFS is a genuinely comprehensive school that provides a knowledge-based education for pupils of all backgrounds.


With waiting lists in each year group and 2019 GCSE results placing us amongst the top schools in the country for progress, we are 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.


Our values are aspiration, honesty and respect and our vision is to create a family of exceptional schools, within which students are empowered and supported to achieve extraordinary outcomes. We currently run four schools in Bedfordshire – Bedford Free School (secondary, Ofsted outstanding), Houstone School (secondary, not yet inspected), Elstow School (primary, Ofsted good) and Queen’s Park Academy (primary, Ofsted good) – with a fifth school (primary) joining us imminently. Our pupils will leave our schools prepared for a fulfilling life, including the opportunity to go to a great university and pursue the career of their choice. To achieve this, our network of schools teach an academic, knowledge-rich curriculum enhanced by an entitlement to enrichment for all.

We achieve our goals through the recruitment and retention of the best colleagues and school leaders, developing talent through sector-leading professional learning. We foster collaborative work, both across our trust and our extensive network of professional contacts, to ensure our staff can learn from and contribute significantly to the wider educational system.

We believe great staff make a great school, so we look after our colleagues well. We value hard work, but we do all we can to identify and eliminate unnecessary workload that could result in burnout.

For more detail please look at the job description and person specification.

We reserve the right to interview and close applications early should a suitable candidate apply.

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.

Commitment to safeguarding

Safeguarding children enrolled at the School is of paramount importance, and we are fully committed to the protection and safe care of our pupils. The successful applicant will be required to undertake appropriate checks as well as providing proof of your right to work in the UK.

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About Bedford Free School

School type
Free School, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
529 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16

Set up in 2012 by local teachers and parents, Bedford Free School exists to offer families a choice in Bedford.

Bedford Free School is a unique school with a fantastic educational offer. We really do believe that our pupils can go on to achieve extraordinary things. In our young history, we have proved they can and we are now one of the highest performing secondary schools not only in the area, but in the country.

BFS is a small school of only around 500 pupils, so staff get to know each pupil as an individual and we have a family feel. This allows us to encourage, demand and collectively strive for academic and personal success.

We believe that all pupils deserve a ‘grammar-school’ style education, with access to an academic curriculum, strong discipline, high expectations and access to highly selective universities, and a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

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