Job Description

Commence September 2024
Permanent | Full-time | Senior Independent School

TES Independent Boarding School of the Year, and one of Country Life’s ‘Top 25’ Independent schools, Felsted has an exciting opportunity for an experienced, suitably qualified and passionate Head of Department to oversee the Senior MFL curriculum (Years 9-13). The successful person must be able to lead and develop a strong team of committed and hard-working teachers and language assistants who are passionate about their subject and the importance of languages and cultures. Felsted is an outward-looking, globally minded member of RoundSquare, seeking a Head of MFL who can play a pivotal role in the life and culture of the school.

Our school offers language pathways through A Level and IB, with French, German & Spanish being the core languages, and a small number of learners studying Italian and Mandarin. In addition to formal language programmes, the MFL team supports language recognition for an international community with learners from a wide variety of linguistic backgrounds. We believe in offering our pupils an authentic, positive language learning experience with as much variety and personalisation as students need. The Head of Department plays a key role in knowing pupils and facilitating learning through a wider network of tutors. It is essential that the successful person is committed to delivering exceptional learning to our students, has excellent subject knowledge and is willing to fully contribute to the co-curricular activities at the School, including boarding, tutoring, sports and activity programmes.

Further information can be found on our website and within the ‘Role Information Pack’. If you would like more information about the role, please contact the Deputy Head, Academic, by emailing and marking it for the attention of the Deputy Head Academic, (Senior School).

Benefits include free parking; contributory pension scheme; subsidised membership to the School’s healthcare scheme with BUPA; free lunch on days worked; free hot drinks and breaktime refreshments; annual salary reviews; free use of the Felsted Gym and pool facilities; subsidised on-site Coffee Shop and membership to Felsted Connect, an online platform engagement tool where employees have access to hundreds of exclusive discounts and offers from online and high-street retailers. More information on our rewards package can be found on our website:

Felsted is a leading boarding and day independent school based in a stunning village campus in North Essex. Founded in 1564 by Richard Lord Riche, who had been a Lord Chancellor under King Edward VI, Felsted today provides an exceptional holistic education to approximately 1100 boys and girls aged four to eighteen. We celebrated our 450th anniversary in 2014, one of only a handful of schools in the country that have reached this historic milestone. We employ more than 160 teachers and 440 operational staff in a community orientated environment, ensuring our pupils receive the very best in learning and co-curricular activities.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 12 January 2024 at 9:00am.
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 17 January. 

If you would like to apply for this position, please visit our website  to complete our online application process.

Felsted is committed to equal opportunities and maintaining a safe and secure environment for all pupils and a ‘culture of vigilance’ to safeguard and protect all in its care, and to all aspects of its ‘Safeguarding (Child Protection and Staff Behaviour) Policy’. Please note, it is an offence to apply for this position if barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children. All employees are subject to pre-employment checks including a Disclosure and Barring Service check.