St James Schools - Bursar Senior Boys' School *

Bursar (Senior Boys’) Candidate Information Pack


Welcome to St James Schools

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About Us

Job Description

Person Specification The Application Process



St James’ Independent Schools Trust comprises of three, fee-paying institutions for children aged 3 to 18 years old. The Preparatory School (incorporating a Nursery) and Senior Girls’ School are centrally located together in West London, close to Hammersmith and Kensington Olympia, whilst the Senior Boys’ School is located in Ashford, Surrey. The schools provide the ideal environment for nurturing and enriching the intellectual, emotional and spiritual development of our pupils; and in doing so create the perfect settings for academic excellence. Our teachers have outstanding subject knowledge and give their time generously to support the well-being and development of their pupils. We all enjoy the stimulating and positive atmosphere, characterised with generosity, kindness, mindfulness and mutual respect, where every member of the St James community is truly valued. I wish you good luck with your application.

William Wyatt Chief Operating Officer


About Us

St James School was founded in January 1975. It was inspired by the desire of a number of parents who wanted to offer their own children and the children of future generations a different education to that available at the time. These parents were philosophically inclined and had come to value the importance of an education which provided spiritual enrichment as well as what could be described as the best of a traditional English education; a rigorous education steeped in the classical tradition and offering the best of artistic and academic culture. The aim was that the doors of the school should be open to all children and fees should be kept as low as possible in order to avoid having to turn people away for financial reasons. Our approach to academic study begins with the understanding that within every boy there is a brilliance and perfection waiting to be uncovered. Pupils at St James are not selected solely on their academic ability; strength of character and future potential are also of equal significance. Over the past five years we have achieved a 100% pass rate in both GCSE and A Level examinations with more than 90% of pupils achieving the top grades. The list of universities that our senior boys join makes for impressive reading. Our Senior Boys’ School is located in a beautiful 32 acre site in Ashford Surrey, which provides space for our students to pursue arts, drama and sport. It also allows our extensive extra-curricular activities to take place, these include: Cadets, The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Sailing Club, Mountain Biking, Climbing, Kayaking, to name but a few. St James Senior Boys’ School is one of the leading boys secondary schools in the country, where stillness, calm reflection and happiness create a remarkable atmosphere for learning and living.



Bursar: Job Description


Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Bursar will ensure the effective implementation of the day to day financial and operational goals in accordance with the broader strategy and business plans as agreed by the board of Trustees. Working collaboratively with the Head you will ensure operational efficiencies across the Senior Boys’ School as well as regulatory compliance.

Main Responsibilities:

Reporting to the COO, the Bursar will ensure the effective management of the school’s operational services. The post holder will advise the COO on the effective implementation of health and safety policies, and exercise financial and quality control over all aspects of the school’s operations.


Key areas of responsibility:

• Management of all school premises, facilities, site management, catering, cleaning, transport, contract management and all service arrangements.

• Management of relevant support and administrative staff.

• Coordination of all the school policies; ensuring stakeholders have completed them and that they are up to date. • Management of Health & Safety to ensure relevant policies and procedures, required by law, are in place and delivered effectively.

• Be an active member of the Whole School Leadership Team (WSLT).

• Ensure that aspects of the School’s Development Plan and its targets are delivered efficiently and to best value. • Monitor and implement policies and procedures to ensure all legislative and regulatory requirements are adhered to.

• Work with SLT colleagues to promote the efficient and effective use of resources.

• Keep the COO fully up-to-date and informed about all allocated areas of responsibility, and report any significant problems as appropriate and within a reasonable timeframe.


• Maintain an oversight of all major services and supplies to the school, and carry out periodic reviews that should include consideration for outsourcing arrangements. • Oversee the necessary out of hours cover to ensure that the school is able to operate with the minimum disruption, responding as appropriate to emergency situations during and/or outside of normal working hours; co-ordinating the response to emergency call-outs using direct works, trades or contractors as appropriate. • Implement site security solutions; covering building access restrictions, CCTV coverage, and barriers around the site. • The Management of the Health and Safety Policy and Training to ensure the school complies with all current legislation in relation to site safety, facilities management, and maintenance. • Responsible for ensuring that there is an up-to-date recovery and continuity plan (including an emergency management plan) in place. • Monitoring the school’s energy use, management and conservation; investigating and implementing means of improving energy efficiency. • Supervision of the maintenance and safe use of the minibuses. Health & Safety • Be responsible for the management of Health & Safety within the school. • Act as the school’s Health & Safety Coordinator, formulating, monitoring and implementing the Health & Safety policies to comply with all relevant legislation. • Work closely with the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) at the school and keep up-to-date with any issues, concerns, or changes in policy, which may relate to the responsibilities of the COO. • Conduct investigations for all RIDDOR related accidents and incidents. Management of Support Staff • Manage the work of the school’s support staff and ensure that efficient systems are in place for the effective operation of the site. • Lead and support the professional development of the support and administrative staff. • Undertake the recruitment and selection of support staff, in accordance with the school’s policies and procedures. • Play a key role within the SLT for the support staff structure and the performance management of all support staff.


Person Specification

About you • 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. • Proven ability to maintain tight financial control on operational programmes. • Demonstrable understanding of, and commitment to, Health & Safety. • An ability to work unsupervised, use own initiative and manage own time. • 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 by the job. •Proven 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. • Experience of working in an educational setting desirable but not essential.



The Application Process

For a confidential and informal discussion, please contact our recruitment advisors Adam Spencer and Hayley Mintern at The Management Recruitment Group (MRG).

Adam Spencer T: 020 8892 0115 M: 07989 435 960 E: Hayley Mintern T: 020 8892 0115 M: 07530 680 184 E:

Applications should consist of a CV and covering statement outlining key matching experience and detailing your rationale for applying for the post. The closing date for applications is Sunday 1st March 2020. Applications will be reviewed and The Management Recruitment Group will undertake preliminary meetings with selected candidates during the week commencing 2nd March 2020.


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