Assistant Head - Head of Boarding


West Buckland School is seeking an Assistant Head – Head of Boarding to start between September 2023 and September 2024

The successful candidate will have a good honours degree together with an appropriate teaching qualification. You will have excellent verbal and written skills and the ability to communicate effectively and be able to lead the department as Head of Boarding. The appointment will suit a professional and well organised individual who shows initiative and can think creatively at the same time having an understanding of the needs and expectations of the Boarding community and their families.. You will have excellent teaching skills and should be enthusiastic about contributing to the students’ wider academic and intellectual development and committed to the co-curricular life of this busy boarding and day school.

Please see the full job description and Teacher responsibilities document for further information.

Job Description

Application Form

Recruitment and Staff Monitoring Form

Where to send your application

The deadline for receipt of applications is 1200 on Thursday 8th June 2023, with interviews to be held W/C 12th June 2023

The Interview
Candidates invited for interview will be shown around the school by the Deputy Head. There will be an opportunity to meet other members of staff and to see the school at work. Candidates may be required to teach a lesson whilst being observed. Details of this will be discussed with the candidates some days beforehand. There will be a series of interviews with the Headmaster and other members of the Senior Leadership Team.

Terms and conditions

The appointment is subject to a probationary period of one full academic year from taking up post at which point the appointment will be confirmed. In common with other SMT positions, remuneration is established on WBS Leadership Scale, final salary will be founded on qualifications and experience of the individual appointed and will be competitive to the local market and similar positions elsewhere. The post-holder is expected to teach a significantly reduced academic timetable to fulfil the role of Head of Boarding and become involved in EDI across the school.
The Head of Boarding role is a residential position with family accommodation attached to The Gables boarding house however children under the age of 7 should have alternative supervision available when their parent in on duty, unless this is unavoidable and has been discussed with the Deputy Head Pastoral. As DDSL the post holder will be required to undertake level 3 safeguarding and child protection training every 2 years alongside other safeguarding training as directed by DSL.

The application should include a completed application form, full curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of two referees, one of whom must be your current or most recent employer.

Applications should be addressed to:

The Head
West Buckland School
Devon EX32 0SX
[email protected]

Applications may be e-mailed and it is not necessary to also send by post.