Bedford School

Bedford School is one of the region’s leading boarding and day schools, educating boys from the ages of 7 to 18. Part of The Harpur Trust, Bedford’s leading educational and social welfare charity, we are a vibrant school with a very strong sense of community, set in a beautiful 50-acre estate in the heart of the town.

Academic excellence is central to life at Bedford School, and we encourage boys to aspire to the highest possible standards and to exceed their expectations. Our success is demonstrated by a long history of impressive exam results at GCSE, A level, and in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. IB and A Level combined results saw 72% of grades at the equivalent of A* to B in 2019. 66% of GCSE results were at grades 9 to 7 in 2019. 83% of leavers went to Russell Group and/or Times Top 30 universities.

The school adopts a selective entry policy without being ruthless and seeks to provide an environment where all boys will thrive academically. It emphasises at continuity of education at 13+ and 16+ so that, although there are academic entry re¬quirements at each point, they are geared to whether boys are suitable to move to the next stage rather than over-formulaic targets. We believe in an all-round education that exposes all boys to a wide range of experiences and opportunities.

We place great emphasis on the value of sport, music and the arts for the camaraderie, teamwork and self-motivation they instil, and encourage boys explore their individual talents. Our extensive programme of extracurricular activities is wide-ranging and offers boys the opportunity to learn new skills and discover new interests outside the classroom. Boarding is at the heart of the school and all full-time members of staff are expected to contribute to the wider life of the school through involvement in the tutoring system and in activities outside the classroom.

The school’s ongoing development programme has included the construction of a new Library (2003), Observatory & Planetarium (2003), a new Music School (2006) and a wonderful new theatre in St Luke’s Church, on the edge of the estate (2015). Other developments have included renovation of the school dining halls and kitchens (2009), fitness suite (2010), staff common room (2011), sports pavilion (2012) and science department (2015).

Benefits of Service:

Bedford School has high expectations of its staff and therefore looks to reward them with generous salary scale increments and beneficial conditions of service. All teachers are offered membership of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme and have longer holidays than the maintained sector. Class sizes are small (maximum of 14 at Sixth Form and 24 at GCSE) and most teachers have their own classroom. All teachers can apply for a school iPad as part of our mobile learning project (there is a strong focus on the use of technology to support teaching and learning). A wide range of opportunities for professional development exist and staff are encouraged to develop their skills and consider career options at all levels. There is ample opportunity to take on additional responsibilities for which there are allowances.

Fee concessions are available across the Harpur Trust schools (on a pro-rata basis for part-time employees). A private health care scheme is also available for teaching staff.

Bedford is set in beautiful grounds and staff are welcome to make use of the extensive leisure and sporting facilities (which includes gym, swimming pool, tennis courts, squash courts etc.) for themselves and their immediate family.

All staff enjoy free on-site parking. Lunch (of outstanding quality) and free refreshments are available throughout the day; other meals are available according to staff commitments.

Each member of the teaching staff has a voice on professional matters via the Common Room Chair, and all staff are encouraged to contribute to the Teaching and Learning Group. The ability to join a strong community through a number of social events is encouraged.

Bedford is a dynamic and incredibly rewarding place to work with a strong sense of community.

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