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Operations Manager

Orchard Academy, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Job details

Job role Leadership
Working pattern Full-time only
Salary Scale Point 23-30 £27,741 - £33,782 full time equivalent, salary will be pro rata (depending on experience) to 41 weeks a year

Job summary

A great opportunity has arisen for an experienced and versatile Operations Manager to join the senior leadership teams and lead our two schools on the next phase of their journey. The successful candidate will strategically lead and manage the business innovation, working closely with the central team in managing the financial, premises, personnel and administrative aspect of the schools in order that the Headteachers and other senior leaders can focus on teaching and learning raising standards. The two schools are part of the East Midlands Academy Trust and are within very close proximity of each other in the Springfield are of Milton Keynes. A key part of the role will be to embed and blend the trust’s systems, processes and protocols to ensure efficiency in priority areas.
This role is key to the success of the schools and we want an Operations Manager who has a positive attitude, who cares about making a difference to the outcomes of our pupils and the development of the skilled team already in post at the schools. They will need to be a team player who can multitask effectively, motivate others and demonstrate a commitment to high standards.
The successful candidate will:
• have experience in working in a school or business environment at a senior level;
• have a recognisable qualification in school business management, accountancy, business administration;
• have the leadership skills to support the Headteachers, lead school teams and build successful working relationships across all disciplines of finance, HR, IT, premises and administration;
• have excellent interpersonal skills and share the school’s aims and ethos;
• have the desire to continue to grow and learn;
• be able to demonstrate strong IT skills including Word, Excel etc.

By working for our Trust, you’ll be able to take advantage of a wealth of professional development and support opportunities, as well as a range of employee benefits.
These include:
• Continuous professional development and training opportunities
• Dedicated support from our central finance and HR team
• Career and leadership opportunities within our growing family of schools
• A Trust employee forum with representatives from across the organisation
• A confidential 24-hour Employee Assistance Programme
• Childcare vouchers scheme
• A corporate eye care plan

We truly believe that the children are and should be at the centre of all we do. Our dedicated staff encourage all our children to grow, making learning fun and challenging, supporting each other to achieve this, creating a real family feel.
Through our developing curriculum and caring ethos we ensure all our children get the learning opportunities and experiences they deserve to enable them to flourish. We are an integral part of wider community and pride ourselves in developing positive working relationships with our parents and families, as well as the wider community.
Do you want a role where you can demonstrate your skills and make a positive impact on our schools and children’s lives?
If you feel that you would like to become part of our team, we look forward to hearing from you.
For more information or an informal discussion please email recruitment@emat.uk
Closing date for application – 27th November 2020, Noon.
EMAT reserve the right to withdraw this advert before the closing date if a suitable candidate is found.
EMAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS disclosure is required for this post.

Applying for the job

Please download an application form from our website and return with a covering letter to recruitment@emat.uk If you have any questions regarding this role please call Lorna Stockwell on 07500 559281

More on how to apply

Supporting documents

School overview

School type Academy
Education phase Primary
School size 351 pupils enrolled
Age range 7 to 11
Ofsted report View Ofsted report
School website Orchard Academy website (opens in a new window)
Contact email recruitment@emat.uk
Contact phone number 07500 559281

About Orchard Academy

Orchard Academy is a proud founder member of the East Midlands Academy Trust. When you visit Orchard you will find a positive, family atmosphere in which we develop friendly, welcoming, confident and independent young people.
We do this through high quality teaching and excellent pastoral care delivered by a passionate, hardworking team who really do want the best for every child at the Academy. This leads to high self-esteem and confidence amongst our children, as well as a genuine pride in the Orchard community.

Academically, we have a fine reputation for the good progress our children make. Challenging lessons mean pupils of all abilities are stretched in an atmosphere which allows them to be confident and comfortable enough to take risks and make mistakes. This is coupled with a calm and purposeful learning environment in which pupils thrive and can feel both secure and safe. Our children’s attitudes to learning are excellent. Progress tends to accelerate as the children move through the year groups and they make exceptional progress in Years 5 and 6, especially in mathematics and English. As the pupils journey through the school they reveal their strengths and develop their interests, inspired by our excellent curriculum.

Beyond the classroom, Orchard provides many wider opportunities through sport, modern languages and music that are second to none! We offer around twenty clubs after-school, four afternoons a week; all thanks to our extremely dedicated staff team. This is complemented with an array of residential visits for each year group, and curriculum-based activity days spread throughout the academic calendar.

Together with strong community links, we share leadership, teaching and administration with our neighbour, Shepherdswell Academy, allowing us to offer the pupils a continuing broad and balanced curriculum at both key stages 1 and 2. Through the Orchard creed we encourage the boys and girls to celebrate diversity and respect others regardless of ability, gender, ethnicity or religion. We aim to sustain a happy, caring, supportive and positive learning community where each child can develop and extend their potential and achieve success.

We understand that parents are a very important part of our Orchard family. Parents are a child’s first, best and most important teacher. We aim to build upon the positive relationship between home and school, and invite parents to celebrate their child’s successes at our weekly Celebration Assemblies. It is through working together that we will provide the children with an outstanding experience in preparation for secondary education as well as the demands of modern living. In this endeavour, you will have our full commitment. The Academy is committed to working in partnership with parents and we welcome you to take full advantage of the many informal and formal opportunities to enhance the home-school relationship.

The first line of our school creed begins,

Every journey begins with a single step.

An exciting journey awaits all of us and we are so proud to be a part of it.
Enjoy the journey. Enjoy success. Together, we will achieve!

Arranging a visit to Orchard Academy

Unfortunately, we are unable to invite candidates into our schools due to covid, but you can view a virtual video on the school website

School location

Springfield Boulevard, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK6 3HW

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