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School Business Manager - Full-time

Amherst School, Sevenoaks

  • Ref:KCC886-2141-93S
  • Posted:03/05/2019
  • Pay:KR11 - £39,108 - £44,783
  • Start Date:Sep 2019
  • App Close Date:20/05/2019 at 12:00
  • Interviews:6th June 2019


Amherst is a school that achieves high academic standards across the curriculum. It is situated in a residential area of Sevenoaks, is over-subscribed and enjoys tremendous support from parents and governors. It converted to Academy Status in March 2011 and is now funded directly by the Department of Education.

We are seeking to appoint an experienced School Business Manager to work as part of our leadership team to run the operational and financial elements of the School.  You will need to be highly organised, work well as part of a team and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a ‘can do’ attitude.

The role includes an extensive range of responsibilities that will require a broad set of skills, relevant qualifications, enthusiasm and resilience.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A Certificate of School Business Management (Level 4 or above) or a business/finance/accounting qualification with a willingness to complete the School Business Management accreditation;
  • Sound experience of financial management and budgetary control in schools (ideally Academies) or equivalent
  • Leadership and management experience of areas including finance, HR, payroll and health and safety;
  • Experience of premises, facilities and project management;
  • Excellent communication skills
  • An ability to secure funding through researching and applying for resources
  • A genuine desire to involve yourself fully in the life of our school and to work as part of our team.


We can offer you:

  • A personalised approach to continuing professional development
  • Welcoming and hardworking colleagues, who work collaboratively to achieve the best for the school
  • Performance related salary
  • Local Government pension scheme


Additional requirements include outstanding interpersonal skills, time management and the ability to use the school data and financial management systems effectively. Personnel experience is also beneficial, as the School Business Manager will conduct staff performance management/appraisal reviews and maintain all aspects of HR in the school.

Amherst School is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of our children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Offers of employment are subject to satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure and other employment checks. The school is also committed to equality and diversity in employment practice and service delivery.

For further information or to arrange a school visit, please contact Mrs J Sims either via email josims@amherst.kent.sch.uk or call 01732 452577.

Information about the school

Amherst School is a three form entry junior school in Sevenoaks. The majority of our children transfer from Riverhead Infants School. Our Ofsted inspection in January 2019 reported that our leaders and governors provide clear direction, which creates a strong sense of community and purpose which motivates staff and pupils to achieve very well.

The report also stated that:

Staff are fully committed to delivering the school’s values of trust, kindness, determination, politeness, fairness and cooperation; they all said they are proud to work at the school. Parents responded very positively and in large numbers to Ofsted’s online questionnaire. Two parents, speaking for many, said: ‘The children are very well motivated and inspired to learn as well as to participate in the many extra-curricular activities’ and then, ‘The teaching staff go above and beyond for their pupils.’ Leaders are fulfilling the school’s aim to ‘Inspire every pupil’.

Pupils are very well behaved and have positive attitudes to learning. They recognise the high-quality support that they receive from adults in the school. One pupil told me that, ‘adults do everything they can to help us’. Pupils are articulate, polite and well mannered. They listen well and respect other people’s ideas. Their attitudes to learning are extremely positive. Pupils enjoy their learning and talk about their determination to do as well as they can. Pupils say that they enjoy the very wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer, currently over 50 clubs. These are varied and high quality'.

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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.