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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    15 July 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    18 June 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Other leadership roles
  • Administration, HR, data and finance

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Working pattern

Full time, part time: 37 hrs per week term time + 15 days (5 INSET days and 10 additional days - leave to be taken during school holidays): P29 £34’176 to P32 £36’817 Or a full time contract for a candidate who can support the HT further: P29 £37’336 to P32 £40’221

Contract type


Pay scale

Grade 10 or 11

What skills and experience we're looking for

The Windmills Junior school is a happy, three form entry, school set in Hassocks village on the edge of the beautiful South Downs. We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated School Business Manager to join us as early as possible in the autumn term 2024. This is an exciting post which offers the successful candidate the opportunity to be an integral part of the school leadership team and be fully involved in the life of the school. We see this as an incredibly important role.

The school office is a busy and dynamic environment and is crucial to the smooth running of the school. The successful candidate will be exceptionally organised, a strategic thinker, incredibly efficient and a strong leader in order to fulfil the core responsibilities of the post:

  • lead and manage on all financial matters in school, to ensure the school’s successful financial performance and to ensure financial decisions are clearly linked to the school’s strategic goals;
  • advising on budgetary matters and taking on a strategic role in the Senior Leadership Team;
  • to ensure the school makes the best possible use of resources through effective forward planning and financial consideration;
  • to line manage administrative staff overseeing the smooth running of the office and delegation of duties;
  • to manage all HR issues and support the HT in all aspects of safer recruitment;
  • to work alongside the Premises Manager on the upkeep and development of the site, including managing all lettings and associated Health and Safety issues;

You will have:

  • confidence and experience in financial management;
  • strong literacy, numeracy and ICT skills (to GCSE level minimum expectation / higher qualifications would be an advantage);
  • a certificate, or diploma, apprenticeship in School Business Management or be prepared to complete this accreditation;
  • excellent communication skills and the ability to present both written, and verbal information for the Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team and Governors;
  • a proven track record of managing people positively and effectively;
  • a genuine desire to involve yourself fully in the life of our school and to work as part of our forward-thinking team of professionals.

What the school offers its staff

We can offer:

  • A strong team that works well together and support each other;
  • A voice in the development of the school through being a crucial part of the senior leadership team;
  • Strong financial systems and management – the school is financially healthy and has not had to make financial savings recently;
  • A good grading from OFSTED and more recently from WSCC;
  • Some flexibility with working from home once induction has been completed (up to 2 days a week);
  • Professional development

Further details about the role

The successful candidate will join the school’s Senior Leadership Team and be expected to make a major contribution to the work of that team; carrying out all duties in line with the School’s ethos, policies, procedures and all relevant legislation.

Applications are invited from professionals who have worked in school finances or within other sectors where similar skills are used – we welcome applications from candidates across all sectors.

Please outline in your application your relevant experience and describe how you would use this to carry out all duties to a high standard, concentrating on the core aspects of the role contained within the job description and the requirements laid out in the person specification.

Visits to the school or conversations with the Headteacher are very much welcomed and we will try and set up opportunities for visits. Please contact Paula Greenfield (PA to Headteacher): Tel: 01273 842421 pgreenfield@windmillsjunior.org.uk

Commitment to safeguarding

The Windmills Junior School is an equal opportunities employer committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff and volunteers are expected to share and uphold this commitment. All employees are subject to an enhanced criminal records check via DBS certification, identity checks, references and health checks.

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About The Windmills Junior School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 7 to 11
Education phase
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School size
361 pupils enrolled
Age range
7 to 11
Phone number
01273 842421

3 form entry Junior School in the village of Hassocks - 370 pupils

Arranging a visit to The Windmills Junior School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email head@windmills.w-sussex.sch.uk.

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