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Tenax School Business Manager - Part-time

Bishop Chavasse Primary School , Tonbridge

  • Ref:KCC886-2086-17S
  • Posted:05/02/2019
  • Pay:FTE £18,000 - £25,000 depending on experience
  • Start Date:Mar 2019
  • App Close Date:25/02/2019 at 16:00
  • Interviews:Week commencing Monday 4th March 2019


This is a fantastic opportunity to manage school business support at the Tenax School Trust’s new free school, Bishop Chavasse CE Primary School.  The role is being advertised at 15 hours per week based at Bishop Chavasse, but it is likely the role and hours are likely to grow in line with the expansion of the school over the next 5 years.  Furthermore, for the right candidate there may be other opportunities to take on business management responsibilities at other schools or at central level within the Trust.

The successful candidate will manage all aspects of finance, personnel, administration, ​ facilities and H&S for the school, under the direction of the Headteacher and the Trust’s Chief Financial Officer, taking on additional projects as required. You will be expected to display strong financial management skills, be able to think strategically, and have a proven track record of managing people ethically and effectively.  Although not essential it would a distinct advantage if you had previous experience of working as a Business Manager, Finance Manager or Bursar, ideally in the Education Sector.  As a crucial member of the school’s Leadership Team, you will be required to make a significant contribution to the overall organisation, management and direction of the school.

Excellent interpersonal skills are vital for this post, as you will be required to develop and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders in order to obtain and present information, provide advice and carry out duties in relation to all school business matters. You will be expected to carry out your duties in line with the Trust and School’s ethos, policies, procedures and relevant legislation.

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of the post before applying, please do not hesitate to contact Catherine Dottridge – CFO, Tenax,  by telephone: 01892 521595 or email: dottridge@tenaxschoolstrust.co.uk

Completed Application Forms should be sent to Claire Isaacs, HR Director, via email at isaacs@tenaxtrust.co.uk  or apply online through kent-teach.com by the closing date 4pm Monday 25th February. 

Applications should be submitted on the correct Application Form, no CVs will be accepted.

Further details included in job description, available at https://jobs.tenaxschoolstrust.co.uk/

The Tenax Schools Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and proactively model the school’s values.  All posts are subject to vetting checks and a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Information about the school

Bishop Chavasse Church of England Primary School opened in September 2017 as part of the Tenax Schools Trust. The school is a 4-11 Church of England two form entry primary free school which has recently opened in brand new, purpose built school, located in and mainly serving South Tonbridge (postcode area TN11).

The core of our vision is to create an outstanding Church of England primary school at the heart of local community where all pupils, regardless of background are offered an inspiring curriculum which enables them to master the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their full educational and personal potential.

Our Christian values prevail throughout our school. Bishop Chavasse Church of England Primary School continues to strive to be at the forefront of developing new approaches to learning, embedding the ‘mastery’ approach to primary phase teaching, whilst securing the very best outcomes for all of our pupils.

Our school, which currently provides a high quality education for just Year R and Year 1 pupils this academic year, will welcome new Reception children each September until it reaches capacity in 2022.

We have moved into our brand new state of the art school building in April this year and are able to offer a stunning environment for the right candidate, comprising of a stunning library, food technology room, intervention rooms and colourful, well equipped, breakout spaces and forest school area.

Our school has already developed a strong community, and together, staff, parents and children we are flourishing through working, learning and playing together. Providing our children with a rich and varied experiences encourages our children to develop independence and confidence.

Tenax Schools Trust was founded by Bennett Memorial Diocesan School (Bennett) an Outstanding secondary school, located in nearby Tunbridge Wells. Bennett is a designated Teaching School, part of the Altius teaching school alliance which provides significant opportunities for development to staff across the Trust.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mrs Donna Weeks, Headteacher
  • Address:Bishop Chavasse Church Of England School, 2A Baker Lane, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 0FB
  • Telephone: 01732 676040
  • Email: headteacher@bishopchavasseschool.org.uk


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Our School and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.