Head of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) - September 2023


Heads of department are responsible for leading all aspects of the learning and teaching of their subject in the Senior School, and effective departmental management.  They should advise the Headmaster and Deputy Head Academic on all issues affecting the department. Wherever practicable, heads of departments should have two periods of non-contact time (more for larger departments) to assist them in carrying out their responsibilities, however, this is contingent upon departmental size.
The key responsibilities of a head of department, include the following:
– Leading the department by maintaining a focus on teaching and learning
– Ensuring the department is managed effectively
– Marketing the department

If you would like to discuss the position with the Deputy Head (Academic), Mr Rob Paler, please contact, in the first instance via email: [email protected]

Job Description

Application Form

Recruitment and Staff Monitoring Form

Where to send your application

The application should include a completed application form, full curriculum vitae, including the names and addresses of two referees, one of whom must be your current or most recent employer.
Letters of application should be addressed to: The Head, Mr Phillip Stapleton, and sent to the following address by midday on Friday 10th February.

West Buckland School
EX32 0SX
[email protected]

Applications may be e-mailed and it is not necessary to also send by post. Further information may be found on our website at www.westbuckland.com

Interviews will be held on week commencing 20th February 2023.
Candidates invited for interview will be shown around the school and meet with key members of staff. Candidates will 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 and the Head of Department. The details of West Buckland School’s generous salary scale will be discussed at interview.