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School Finance Officer - Full-time/Part-time

Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School, Ashford

  • Ref:KCC886-3284-66S
  • Posted:29/03/2019
  • Pay:KR10 £33,082 - £38,913
  • Start Date:Jun 2019
  • App Close Date:29/04/2019 at 09:00
  • Interviews:3rd May 2019



The role of School Finance Officer has never been more important. As schools rise to the challenge of restricted budgets and an environment where both recruitment and retention of staff are evermore crucial, we are looking to recruit an exceptional professional to manage all aspects of the financial and business services at the school.  The successful applicant will manage the school’s finances. They will be required to offer comprehensive and strategic support to the Headteacher and leadership team.  The role requires flexibility, tact and problem solving on a daily basis.

During our shortlisting process we will be focussing on:


  • relevant qualifications and business acumen
  • financial and administrative background, with experience of financial management
  • ability to work under pressure and be able to meet deadlines
  • high standards to do a good job at all times


Above all during our recruitment exercises we will look for the demonstration of:

  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • ethical values that show a strong commitment to inclusivity and the ethos of the school
  • flexibility and a ‘can do’ attitude


Therefore it is essential that the applicants are professional, approachable and effective communicators.


Previous experience of working as a School Finance Officer is not essential.  We are seeking, first and foremost, someone with excellent organisational skills and a genuine commitment to helping us deploy the resources available to best possible effect. The successful candidate will be able to work independently and proactively. Appropriate professional development and training will be available to address any skills gaps in the successful candidate. In a time of austerity, we would like to explore any candidate's ability to develop income generating activities including preparation of and submission of bids for funding to external agencies.

 Applicants are welcome to make an appointment to visit the school prior to submitting their application. If you wish to make an appointment, please email the school office (office@ladyj.kent.sch.uk)

 Lady Joanna Thornhill Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Successful applicants will be subject to enhanced DBS clearance. 

The closing date for applications is 9.00am on Monday 29th April 2019 with interviews expected to take place for short-listed candidates on Friday3rd May 2019.

 Please note. It is likely that this post will require one full day per week with additional hours available on an ad hoc basis during periods of financial significance (e.g. end of year closedown or budget setting).


Information about the school

We aim to provide a stable, caring environment in which children are happy to attend and are stimulated and keen to learn and develop their individual potential. We cater for a wide range of skills encouraging all children to achieve at their highest level.

Lady J is a popular, oversubscribed two form entry primary. Our 2015 and 2009 Ofsted inspections saw us graded as Outstanding in all areas; concluding that "Outstanding teaching inspires and motivates pupils to work hard in all subjects. As a result, pupils have a passion for learning and take great pride in their achievements" (Ofsted 2015) and describing us as "an outstanding school (where) high expectations coupled with a relentless ambition to be even better ensure that everyone aims for the stars!" (Ofsted 2009).

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mr Phil Chantler
  • Address:Bridge Street, Wye, Ashford, Kent, TN25 5EA
  • Telephone: (01233) 812781
  • Email: s.swan@ladyj.kent.sch.uk


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

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.