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Director of Admissions

Reference: MAR20242401
Expiry date: 2024-04-10 09:40:00.000
Location: Bedales School, Church Road, Steep, Hampshire
Salary: Competitive
Benefits: On site parking, free lunches during term time, Life Assurance, Pension, Private Health Insurance
Attachments: DirectorofAdmissionsJobApplicationPackMarch2024FINALV2.pdf

Director of Admissions - Are you an empathetic leader with excellent organisation and customer service skills?


Bedales seeks an energetic and enthusiastic Director of Admissions for this high-profile role with overall responsibility for admissions at Bedales Senior, Prep and Pre-prep schools.


This is an opportunity for a forward-thinking professional to fulfil a key ambassadorial and leadership role in one of the country’s most innovative and influential boarding and day schools.


The Director of Admissions will be a member of the senior leadership team, working closely with the Head and other members of the team to oversee the smooth running of the School, ensure its future prosperity and deliver its recently launched new strategy, aiming to cultivate a community of lifelong learners.


The postholder will oversee the admissions processes, ensuring a high-quality recruitment experience that reflects the School’s distinctive ‘work of each for weal of all’ ethos. This position is key to shaping and implementing strategies for recruitment to maintain the Whole School at full capacity in all year groups, in liaison with the Heads and External Relations colleagues.


The role of Director of Admissions is a demanding and wide-ranging senior post requiring a proactive and outgoing approach. The successful candidate will be an articulate, persuasive and credible ambassador for the School and will possess excellent communication and relationship-building skills. They will be able to convey Bedales’ distinctive ethos with enthusiasm and conviction and will possess the ability to assess the range of capabilities and potential of prospective students.


As part of the broader External Relations department, the Director of Admissions leads our skilful and helpful Admissions team of four, working closely with families of applicants, guiding them from initial enquiry through to the induction of new students.


We’re looking for someone who has the ability to oversee multiple projects simultaneously, while balancing the need to think about strategic objectives and the day-to-day customer experience journey: a ‘people-person’ who is empathetic when managing and collaborating with colleagues during exceptionally busy periods, who is robust in making tough decisions and can handle difficult conversations with tact and diplomacy.



Bedales School is a unique educational establishment, set in the beautiful Hampshire countryside. We seek to create an environment where questioning, divergent thinking and freedom to learn from mistakes are all encouraged. Central to our success is the sense that each person is a member of our community and whose voice is entitled to be heard and treated with respect.  Both our staff and students expect of each other the best kind of relationships – co-operative, authentic and trustful.


Experience & Background

The successful candidate will have a track record of successful leadership, either with experience of managing admissions and parent relationships in an educational setting, or from areas outside admissions and a school environment where candidates can demonstrate relevant transferable skills.


You will have excellent skills in oral and written communication as well as in listening, ability to form strong relationships with staff, parents, students, prospective students and visitors and to engage proactively and confidently with a wide range of audiences. You will have a natural empathy and demonstrate an ability to assess the range of capabilities and potential of young people.

With knowledge of the independent school sector and a commitment to education, you will be outgoing and proactive, showing the enthusiasm and gravitas to be an outstanding ambassador for the School.

With an ability to lead and manage a team and also to work independently, other key skills include organisational, discretion, flexibility, attention to detail, data management and analysis, and proficient use of the MS Office suite.



The salary will be dependent on experience and will be commensurate with the seniority and level of responsibility for this role.  The post holder will be automatically enrolled in the School’s pension scheme. 


 Pre-Appointment Checks

All candidates will undergo a Safeguarding Suitability Interview and application for an Enhanced DBS and Barred List check and be asked to provide evidence they are eligible to work in the UK, on an on-going basis, at the shortlist stage of the selection process.

This post is Regulated Activity.



Free on-site parking

Funded Healthcare Cash Plan

Pension with Royal London

Private Health Insurance

Salary Extras Benefits Platform

Employee Assistance Programme

Free lunch is provided during term time 

Sport facilities are available for staff use


Closing Date:  17:00, Monday 8 April 2024


Application discussion via MS TEAMS:  Thursday 18 & Friday 19 April 2024


Interview: Tuesday 23 April 2024


How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this post, please read the attached Job Application Pack which includes full details regarding the post.  In line with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidelines, CVs cannot be accepted in lieu of an application form.


Job related enquiries for the recruiting manager can be forwarded to Rob Reynolds, Director of External Relations, via email to:


All other enquiries relating to the recruitment process, should be forwarded to:


Safeguarding Statement

Bedales School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all employees and volunteers to share our commitment. Employment is subject to satisfactory references and an enhanced DBS check.  This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974.