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Bursar – City of London Freemen’s School

Ashtead, Surrey

City of London Freemen’s School is a thriving independent co-educational day and boarding school for 905 pupils aged 7–18. Freemen’s occupies a magnificent site in Ashtead Park with modern buildings sitting alongside the original eighteenth-century mansion house set in 57 acres of beautiful parkland.

City of London Freemen’s School was established and is owned by the City of London Corporation (The City), with whom the School maintains strong connections. The School is financially strong and has invested over £43 million in facilities in the past ten years, with a full restoration and refurbishment of the historic Main House due to be completed by the end of June.

The Governing Body and Headmaster are seeking to appoint an ambitious, highly-motivated and dynamic individual to join the School’s Senior Leadership Team as Bursar. The role holder is responsible for the overall strategic leadership and management of the School business operations and will require the vision and drive to lead an ambitious estate development plan to further enhance the site.

Reporting to the Headmaster, the Bursar will lead and manage a diverse support staff, exercise oversight of the School’s financial resources, including charitable provision for bursaries and have a strategic overview of: the estate and buildings, including boarding accommodation; catering and soft-services; human resources and information technology.

The successful candidate will be an individual of proven leadership ability, a strategic thinker and able to establish highly effective, collaborative working relationships at all levels. The Bursar will work closely with a range of talented senior and middle leaders both at the School and at The City as well as a committed staff and supportive Governing Body to ensure the School’s aims and vision are realised for the Freemen’s community. Financial literacy and robust commercial judgement will be essential.

Candidates will have a genuine interest in and empathy for education but prior experience of working in a school is not a prerequisite.

Interested candidates are invited to contact Nina Lambert to arrange a confidential discussion about the role: or call her on 07764 185745

Closing date for applications: 10.00am on Thursday 27th May 2021.

Candidates should complete the RSAcademics application form electronically and email it to RSAcademics, together with a covering letter addressed to the Headmaster, Mr Roland Martin, which explains your reasons for applying.

Please email your completed application form and covering letter (both as PDF files please) to the Project Coordinator, Julia Coffey, at Julia can also be reached by calling our Head Office on 01858 383163.

City of London Freemen’s School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and an enhanced DBS clearance.

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About this vacancy

Key Dates

  • Deadline for applications 27 May 2021 10:00am (UK)
  • Preliminary Interviews will take place with RSAcademics via Teams on either 7 June 2021 or 8 June 2021
  • Longlist interviews will take place at the School on 21 June 2021
  • Shortlist interviews will take place at the Guildhall, City of London on 6 July 2021