School Business Manager

Key information

Location: St Mary’s Church of England High School, Cheshunt

Start date: ASAP

Salary:  £53,615 – £56,846 M5 + possibility of an enhancement to the salary to make the position competitive to applicants who already have experience.

We also offer an additional payment of £1,344 to any candidates applying directly to the school, paid over the first 12 months of employment.

Hours: This role is 37 hours, 52 weeks per year. This may be negotiable for the right candidate.

Closing date: 5th June 2023, 09:00

Shortlisting date: 9th June2023

Interview date:  15th June

Visits to the school: Please email

Staff induction and development:

Please note late applications will not be considered.

About the role:                                                                                                                            

We are looking to recruit an exceptional School Business Manager to join the forward-thinking Senior Leadership Team at St Mary’s CofE High School.  This role would suit a ‘people person’ with great communication skills who can inspire confidence in others and is keen to work collaboratively to deliver the best for our students.

You should be able to demonstrate experience of strategic financial management, either in education or another sector. You may have an Accountancy or Business Management qualification, but this is not essential as we have a strong and supportive team who will support your continued professional development.

You will make a significant contribution to the strategic leadership of the school whilst directing and developing support services and ensuring support for teaching and learning is in place. The School Business Manager will also act as the designated ‘Chief Financial Officer’ and will lead and manage financial and operational functions within the school, including but not limited to: Administration /Management Information Systems and ICT/Human Resource/Facility & Property and Health & Safety.

We are seeking to appoint a passionate and resilient person with high aspirations and a drive to support school improvement.

The successful candidate will:

  • demonstrate outstanding business management practice
  • be an exemplary role model with experience of appraising and developing others
  • have the ability to communicate and build effective relationships with all stakeholders
  • have experience of leading and managing teams
  • have expertise in financial management and an understanding of the challenges facing school budgets
  • be successful in financial management including income generation initiatives
  • have the confidence to challenge working practices in the spirit of continuous improvement
  • be skilled in project management
  • be resilient, highly motivated and hard working
  • have a desire to improve outcomes for our students

We can offer:

  • A collaborative and forward-thinking leadership team, trustees and governing body
  • A lovely, spacious and well-maintained school, with excellent facilities
  • A well-respected school with established partnerships in the local community and with external agencies
  • The opportunity to work in a Trust with strong ambitions to improve pupil outcomes and to be part of our longer-term development planning
  • A well-resourced and excellent working environment with dedicated, supportive and enthusiastic colleagues
  • A culture of continual professional development to ensure your success and develop your career
  • A parent community that is very supportive of the school and its aims
  • A thorough induction process to build initial confidence and awareness of whole school approaches and expectations
  • Occupational Health and counselling support
  • Some flexibility in working patterns where needed
  • Up to date equipment provided to carry out your role
  • Car parking on site

Practical information:

We welcome visits to the school by prospective candidates and we look forward to showing you our lovely school. For further information about the role or to arrange a visit, please contact the Headteacher, Nicholas Simms on

To apply, please use the online application form, or email using the aplication form provided. Please note that CVs will not be accepted and late applications will not be considered.

Applicants do not need to be practicing Christians but would be expected to uphold our Christian principles of trust, forgiveness, compassion, thankfulness, friendship and love, as well as our vision where, ‘Through God’s love, we are the rich soil where seeds flourish and roots grow’.

St Mary’s Church of England High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Appointment to this post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check as well as other pre-appointment checks, including an online check, as outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2022).

St Mary’s School is committed to the aim of ensuring that everyone who applies to work for us receives fair treatment and we positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of age, disability, race, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership and caring status. We expect all our staff to demonstrate a commitment to advancing equality of opportunity and fostering good relations.

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