Appointments Vacancies

Bursar and Clerk to the Governors – Withington Girls’ School


August 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter

Withington Girls’ School is a leading independent day school for 725 girls aged 7-18. Located in Fallowfield, just three miles south of Manchester’s city centre, the School operates from a single site.

The School’s academic results are consistently outstanding and in 2020 The Sunday Times’ schools guide, Parent Power, named Withington the North West Independent School of the Decade. The School prides itself on being small enough to allow the individual development of all girls, and its inspiring ethos enables every pupil to reach her full potential in a warm, friendly and supportive environment.

The Headmistress and Governors are seeking to appoint a highly motivated, dynamic and business minded individual to succeed the current Bursar who is retiring in August 2021. This is an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal role in the continued success and development of this thriving independent school.

Reporting to the Headmistress, the Bursar is a critical member of the Senior Leadership Team and plays a vital role in the School’s strategic planning. The Bursar also fulfils the role of Clerk to the Governors. The post holder will be responsible for the effective leadership and management of the day-to-day non-educational operations of the School, including finance, estates, facilities, compliance and all commercial activities.

The successful candidate will be an individual of proven leadership ability; a strategic thinker and will possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Exceptional financial acumen and robust commercial judgement will be essential, as will an ability to establish highly effective, collaborative relationships with Governors and colleagues at all levels. Existing school Bursar experience is not a pre-requisite.

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics to arrange a confidential discussion about the role:

Nina Lambert: or call her on 07764 185745

The closing date for applications is 10.00am on Tuesday 2nd March 2021.

Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email it to RSAcademics, together with a covering letter addressed to Mrs Sarah Haslam, Headmistress, which explains their reasons for applying. There is no need to submit a CV.

The completed application form and covering letter (both as PDF files, please) should be emailed to Alison Hooper, Project Coordinator at:

Alison can also be reached by calling +44 1858 383163.

Withington Girls’ School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The appointment is subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks in accordance with the relevant statutory guidance, including an enhanced DBS check, satisfactory references, proof of identity and qualifications, and a satisfactory medical report. 


About this vacancy

Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 02 March 2021 10:00am
  • Preliminary interviews with RSAcademics will take place via MS Teams on 08 March 2021 or 09 March 2021
  • Longlist interviews (via videoconference) 23 March 2021
  • Shortlist interviews (at the School) 29 March 2021