Teacher of Science
Bedford Free School, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42 9AD
Deadline is tomorrow
Expected start date
1 September 2022
27 June 2022 at 9:00am
15 June 2022
About Bedford Free School
- School type
- Free School, ages 11 to 16
- Education phase
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- School size
- 504 pupils enrolled
- Age range
- 11 to 16
- Ofsted report
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- School website
- Bedford Free School website (opens in a new tab)
- Contact email
- Contact phone number
- 01234 332290
Founded by local teachers, BFS opened in September 2012 with the aim of offering the families in our community a distinctive and
world-class choice for their children.
Our school values of Respect, Honesty and High Expectations drive what we do every single day to ensure that we give our students the best possible education.
Bedford Free School, currently graded ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED, is different. If you are able to visit you will see a silent address in the playground to the whole school at the start of the day, extended time given to numeracy, literacy, knowledge quizzes and reading, silent corridors and impeccable student Behaviour (we are a Lead Behaviour Hub School), and extra-curricular activities which every pupil takes part in. The school is open and supervised from 8-5:30pm (compulsory from 8.25-4pm).
There are no onerous marking policies, graded lesson observations, or requirements for detailed written planning. We centralise detentions (called corrections) so that teachers aren’t all doing and chasing their own. Our school is trying to show what is possible to do by learning from some of the most innovative schools in the country. We are outward-facing, with partnerships with schools across the country, and very humble. We know we haven’t yet got everything right but we are ambitious to become one of the best schools in the country.
Our leadership team are highly visible, supporting teachers and maintaining order, addressing the whole school in silence every morning, and ensuring the ethos in the school is productive.
Colleagues who visit BFS describe it as revelatory and unlike any school they’ve ever been in. I believe teachers should be able to teach unhindered by bureaucracy or poor behaviour, and should be specialists in their subjects. We are unashamedly ambitious for those in our care and, we are among the top performing schools nationally. These results have been achieved through good teaching and hard work and Science has made a solid contribution to this success. The department is housed in spacious, purpose-built laboratories and enjoys an additional, dedicated classroom. A full time, technician supports the teaching staff on a daily basis and curriculum planning is centralised, meaning teachers do not have to spend hours preparing for lessons. We operate a highly selective marking policy to further reduce unnecessary workload and as a result, our teachers are free to do what they do best – teach, and they do this in a highly productive, disciplined environment where teachers are in charge and student behaviour is exemplary.
If you are a well-qualified expert looking to work with truly wonderful students and in a talented and dedicated department with bags of potential for further improvement, I would encourage you to visit and see how we do things for yourself. We are situated in the heart of Bedford, just 30 minutes from London, and welcome visitors at any time during the school day.
This role would suit someone who has fantastic subject knowledge, is committed and has the ability to inspire colleagues and pupils alike and who aspires to join us to ensure that the Science department continues to develop into one of the best in the country. We will provide support, access to incredible CPD via our partnerships with fellow educational thinkers doing the most exciting things with curriculum and pedagogy, and hence opportunities to progress in your career.
If you would like a confidential discussion about the position or to arrange a visit please contact the PA to the Principal, Esther Logan, to arrange an appointment on 01234 332290 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to answering any questions you might have, and to receiving your application in due course.
Arranging a visit to Bedford Free School
We welcome visits to the school at any time during the school day and would encourage you to apply. For a confidential discussion about the position please contact Esther Logan, PA to SLT, on 01234 332290 or email email@example.com to arrange an appointment.
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