St James Schools - Bursar

Bursar Candidate Information Pack


Welcome to St James Schools

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About Us

Job Description

Person Specification

The Recruitment Process and How to Apply



Founded in 1975 with the aim of providing a complete education for boys and girls from the age of 0 -18, the three St James Nursery Schools are based in London and Surrey. The Junior School and Senior Girls’ School are centrally located together in West London, close to Hammersmith and Kensington Olympia. The Senior Boys’ School is located in a 32 acre site in Ashford, Surrey. Together, St James Schools offer a distinctive approach to education; we aim to provide an environment in which a pupil can discover all that is best within his or her own nature. St James provides the ideal environment for nurturing and enriching the intellectual, emotional and spiritual development of our pupils; thereby creating a balance of academic excellence. Our teachers have excellent 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 in your application process.

William Wyatt Director of Finance and Operations.


About Us

St James’ Independent Nursery Schools in London (UK) are three fee-paying schools for children aged 0 to 18. The Juniors’ and Senior Girls’ Schools are in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and the Senior Boys’ School in Ashford, Surrey. Our Junior School located in Kensington benefits from a beautiful courtyard leading to spacious classrooms, a large playground, a well-equipped gymnasium, a refectory, library, music rooms, art and craft studio and an assembly hall with a stage and theatre lighting. Our Senior Girls’ School is located on the same site as our Junior School. We offer state of the art facilities including; an onsite Gymnasium, spacious art rooms, a large purpose built music room with our own grand piano and 4 science blocks all with the latest equipment. Last year we opened our new modern library which was designed to create a modern learning environment, along with our new Sixth Form Centre. The new building has been completed to a very high specification and comprises two study areas, six classrooms, offices for staff, a large common room and an attractive external paved area. This has provided a stylish and contemporary working space for our Sixth Form students and has allowed us to create a new library and an additional science lab within our main school building. Our Senior Boys’ School occupies a 32-acre site, we moved to this site from Twickenham in 2010. Before we took over the site we completely refurbished all the facilities and created a new dining hall. We have also built an award-winning design technology workshop. The estate comprises of two rugby pitches, cricket square, athletic track and an elegant Victorian Chapel built in 1898 with beautiful welsh stained glass windows. Over the last few years we have made significant investment in our estates and we continue to develop the sites according to the needs of our pupils and teachers.



Bursar: Job Description


Supporting the Director of Finance and Operations in managing the day-to-day operational aspects of the School. Working with the Head to ensure effective management of the school’s operations.

Main Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Director of Finance and Operations, the Bursar will ensure the effective management of the school’s operational services. The post holder will advise the Director of Finance and Operations on the effective implementation of health and safety policies, and exercise financial and quality control over all aspects of the school 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 Director of Finance and Operations 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 schools, and carry out periodic reviews that should include consideration of 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 callouts 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 Schools comply 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 schools 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 Co-ordinator, 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 Director of Finance & Resources. • 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 school. • 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. • Evidence of an understanding and commitment to Health & Safety. • 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. • 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. • Experience of working in an educational setting desirable but not essential.



The Recruitment Process

Application Process 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; Hayley Mintern of The Management Recruitment Group via email at Applications will be reviewed and The Management Recruitment Group will undertake preliminary meetings with selected candidates during the week commencing 1st April 2019.

The Management Recruitment Group

Regal House 70 London Road Twickenham TW1 3QS Tel: 020 8892 0115


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