Dukes, Eaton Square - Bursar

Bursar Candidate Pack


Eaton Square School

Welcome from the Founder

Our Values

The Role

Person Specification

Application Process

Eaton Square School is a co-educational, through school in central London, educating children from 2 to 18 years old.

Offering continuity of education during the important, formative years of a child’s life, the school proposes a vibrant, popular community where children learn not only the skills but also the values that will prepare and shape them for the next stages of their lives. The education at Eaton Square School has a traditional British foundation, but a modern and international outlook. Equal emphasis is placed on intellectual, artistic, aesthetic, physical, and musical pursuits. ln addition, teaching staff want children to learn moral and spiritual values that will make them happy and confident in themselves. The school celebrates the diverse skills and aptitudes of London pupils, and maximises the benefits of their learning by interacting with each other.

In October 2018, Eaton Square School became part of the Dukes Education family.

Eaton Square School incorporates four nurseries: Belgravia, Eccleston Square, Knightsbridge and Pimlico. Across these settings the main aim is to foster happy and independent children who thrive in environments that are caring and full of new and exciting challenges and experiences. The varied and exciting Nursery School programme provides an excellent foundation for learning and ensures that when the children enter the Pre-Preparatory School, they are independent, well grounded, confident and ready to face the challenges ahead.

Belgravia Eaton Square Nursery School Belgravia, is located on the entire ground floor of 28 Eccleston Street. This beautiful nursery is full of light, space and colour with beautiful displays of the children’s artwork featured throughout. Eccleston Square The newest Nursery school, Eccleston Square, is located in the new, lower school building 55-57 Eccleston Square. This lovely nursery is predominantly made up of the siblings of children in the Pre-Prep & Prep School to allow for easy pick up and drop off.

Knightsbridge Eaton Square Nursery School Knightsbridge is situated in the heart of Knightsbridge. The Nursery offers a safe and secure learning environment with two bright and spacious classrooms in which the children work and play. Pimlico Eaton Square Nursery School Pimlico is located on Lupus Street and is situated on a corner plot, with classrooms arranged over two floors. The Nursery is a bright and vibrant setting, where beautiful, creative displays line the walls.

Pre-Preparatory and Preparatory school (4 – 11 years old) Eaton Square Belgravia is an independent, co-educational Pre-Preparatory and Preparatory school in the heart of central London. As of September 2019, the lower school (Rec – Year 4) moved to 55 – 57 Eccleston Square - a newly acquired 2,500 square metre building. The building is set over six floors, with good natural light and plenty of lateral space. Following a successful renovation programme, the facilities now include a new library, music centre, art and design studio, extensive dining facilities, new hall, science lab and IT facilities. Concurrently, the Prep School (Year 5 and 6) moved to 79 Eccleston Square (formerly the home of Years 2 - 4). This new setting provides the pupils with easier access to the specialist art and science rooms, together with 50%more space. They also have access to the communal facilities in 55 – 57 Eccleston Square.

Senior School (11 – 16 years old)

Having opened in September 2017, Eaton Square Mayfair is based at 106 Piccadilly - directly opposite Green Park and boasts a stunning Grade I listed building with a rich and fascinating history as its setting. The School spans five storeys and incorporates a host of high-spec facilities that provide pupils with a broad and diverse curriculum.

Sixth Form College (16 – 18 years old)

From September 2020, Eaton Square Sixth Form College (ES6) will be launched at 30 Eccleston Street (the former home of our Pre-Prep). ES6 is the next step for the pupils of Eaton Square Mayfair and other learners who are looking for an educational experience tailored to themand focused on personal growth and development.

“In 2015, I founded Dukes Education. The beginning of the Dukes story is simple. I wanted to do something I love, and I love developing young people. I’ve been inspired by many individuals throughout my involvement in finance, the military and sport. Growing up with dyslexia meant I had to find my own way to succeed – but the encouragement and support of my family and school was crucial. I wanted to give others the chance to be successful against the odds and in the face of obstacles.

On every publication, email or letter from Dukes Education, you will see a small crown next to our name. When Dukes began, we decided to use a sign that expressed everything we wanted the company to be. The Dukes crown symbolises our ambition to be at the absolute top of the education sector – a mark of recognised quality. It also symbolises the ambition of our students and parents. They come to us for schooling, guidance and expertise because, in their own way, they want to build a ‘crown’ of achievement themselves. Our mission is to be the best at helping them to do this. Everything we do at Dukes is driven by a strong desire to nurture young people so they can achieve their true potential. I am so excited for our future. We are in a privileged position: we have a unique opportunity to create dreams and inspire excellence in our students. Only time will tell what lies ahead but we will continue to evolve and have fun while we create and inspire!

Welcome to Dukes Education.”

Aatif Hassan

Founded in 2015, Dukes Education is a collection of the UK’s finest nurseries, schools and colleges, as well as summer schools and consultancy services — all united in their passion for nurturing students and helping them thrive. We are highly selective about which schools and organisations join us. Our family is small and close knit, which we carefully curate to ensure there is harmony amongst our teams. Being part of the Dukes family means we can all come together to share experience and expertise, supporting each other to achieve the extraordinary. There’s power in the collective, our results are outstanding, but there’s more to us than that. Our students benefit from constant sharing of best practice; developing culturally and socially, whilst enjoying a rounded education.

Our values are the common thread that weaves through our family. They help us to steer through the daily chaos of the classroom and stick to what’s important. All our students, teachers, and parents are different, but sharing these values binds us together and makes us stronger.

We lead with heart.

We’re a team.

We do it well.

We love learning.

The Bursar’s role is wide ranging and whilst the primary focus will be to provide effective management of the financial and information systems at the school, the Bursar will also be responsible for effectively managing the school’s operational functions including administration, purchasing, IT, HR, maintenance, caretaking, cleaning (outsourced) and catering (outsourced). As an integral member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), the Bursar will be expected to collaborate with the Principal, Heads and broader Dukes Education group to shape and implement the school’s strategic plans.

The key responsibilities are as follows:


reflected in the accounts and fee invoicing;

• Overall financial management of the school to include, but not limited to;

• Maintaining a fixed asset register and calculating and posting depreciation charges; • Creating and maintaining sound financial systems and processes across the school, liaising with the Dukes Group FD/CFO to ensure consistency in approach; • Preparing annual forecasts of income and expenditure to include the preparation of departmental budgets across the school, the latter in consultation with the Heads and Senior Leadership Team;

• Keeping the accounts of the school and preparing monthly financial statements; profit and loss, balance sheet, cash flow, budget variance reports and brief commentary; • Monitoring income and expenditure in relation to budget and presenting regular management eports to the Senior Leadership Team and Board;

• Ensuring any grant funding is correctly

• Being/becoming an expert user in Xero;

• Scrutinising and passing for payment all invoices received by the school;

• Liaison with auditors and providing information at year end as required;

• Preparing forecasts for the future financial performance of the school;

• Working with the Registrars and Senior Leadership Team to determine pupil numbers and make-up; • Preparing pupil fees and collecting all fees and extras, including the monitoring and collection of outstanding debts and enforcing terms and conditions of registration;

• Preparing financial appraisals of particular projects;

• Advising on scholarship and bursary funds in conjunction with external assessors.

• Payment of all supplies and expenses, and ensuring statements are reconciled;

• Payment of all salaries and wages, (through payroll bureau) including PAYE, Pension and National Insurance Contributions and compliance with regulations for benefits in kind;

• Administering pension schemes through payroll bureau;

HR and Compliance

requirements of health and safety legislation;

• Ensuring that all relevant staff have contracts of employment;

• Ensuring appropriate risk assessments are being undertaken and acted upon as necessary; • Acting as correspondent with the Department for Education (DfE) and being responsible for the records and returns required; • Advising on, and taking the appropriate physical security measures across the school for the protection of both staff and pupils;

• Managing and ensuring compliance with all relevant aspects of employment law including employment protection, equal pay, minimum wage, Working Time Directive or discrimination on the grounds of sex, race or disability; terms and conditions of service, supervision and welfare of all staff to ensure this is aligned with the wider Dukes group; • Consulting with Principal/Heads to review annual salaries for staff and submit proposals to Excom;

• Maintaining contact with the statutory authorities and other organisations.

• Ensuring that the school follows appropriate disciplinary and grievance procedures;

• Managing contracts with agency staff and contractors, with terms and conditions that ensure compliance with safeguarding policies and IR35 compliance;

• Monitoring and implementing the school’s policies and compliance with the

School Buildings

• Overseeing capital expenditure projects for the school.

• Alongside the school’s Maintenance Manager; maintaining all of the school buildings including the preparation of maintenance schedules and the keeping of records; • Managing the installation and maintenance of equipment for the detection, warning, protection and escape from fire ensuring the necessary fire risk assessments are carried out; • Maintenance and efficiency of the installations and plant for electric and gas supply, heating, domestic hot water, water softening etc.

General Management and Administration

• Managing the catering contract from the school’s perspective;

• Purchasing all goods and services for the school;

• Managing the school’s cleaning contract;

• Overseeing the management of uniform sales and liaison with PTA;

• Management of the IT provision across the school in conjunction with various IT / Software support providers; • Ensuring cost effective provision for buses is in place and meets the requirements of the school; • In consultation with SLT, implementing and reviewing the school’s annual improvement plan.

• Promotion of energy conservation;

• Ensuring that catering areas meet the requirements for hygiene and food safety;

• Drawing up outline specifications for new buildings, obtaining tenders, planning permission, liaison with school architects and builders;

Professional Standards

• Supporting the aims and ethos of the school and carry out the school’s strategic plan;

• Treating all members of the school community with respect and consideration;

• Treating all pupils fairly, consistently and without prejudice;

• Being a key member of the SLT, attending departmental and staff meetings and Parents’ Evenings as required;

• Ensuring that all deadlines are met as published in the school calendar;

• Undertaking duties that may be reasonably assigned by the Heads and Finance Director/CFO.

• A minimum of a degree level qualification (or equivalent), ideally with a professional qualification in finance, management or property. • Business experience with the knowledge of commercial and allied subjects adequate for the management of the day-to-day affairs of the school. • A proven track record of successfully leading, developing and managing people, with first class communication skills, interpersonal and dispute resolution skills, and experience and knowledge of project management.

• Excellent communication skills, with the ability to liaise confidently with contractors, academic and support staff, visitors and the general public. • A willingness to be adaptable, flexible and to work unsociable hours as sometimes required for the job. • Demonstrable leadership abilities, with a good eye for detail, and the ability to prioritise, motivate and delegate to staff. • A positive “can do” attitude, with the ability to analyse and evaluate complex issues and provide appropriate solutions.

• Proven ability to maintain tight financial control on operational programmes.

• Experience of working in an educational setting desirable but not essential.

• Evidence of an understanding and commitment to Health & Safety.

• Ability to work unsupervised, use own initiative and manage own time.

Dukes Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Applications should consist of a CV and covering statement outlining key matching experience and rationale for applying for the post.

Applications should be sent to our recruitment advisors at The Management Recruitment Group:

Adam Spencer T: 0208 892 0115

M: 07989 435 960

E: adam.spencer@mrgpeople.co.uk

Hayley Mintern T: 0208 892 0115

M: 07530 680 184

E: hayley.mintern@mrgpeople.co.uk

Applications will be reviewed and The Management Recruitment Group will undertake preliminary meetings with selected candidates.

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