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Business Director (Bursar) – St Helen’s School, Northwood

St Helen’s is a highly successful independent day school for over 1150 girls aged 3-18. Within easy reach of central London the School is set on a spacious and attractive 21-acre site in the heart of Northwood in North London.

St Helen’s is committed to academic excellence and is dedicated to equipping pupils with the skills which will enable them to take their place as leaders in a rapidly changing world. The School is financially strong and has invested over £20 million on building development over the last five years, with a major new STEM building due to open in September 2020.

The Governors and Headmistress are seeking to appoint a highly motivated, dynamic and forward thinking individual. Reporting to the Headmistress, the Business Director is a critical member of the Executive Team and plays a vital role in the School’s strategic planning.

The successful candidate will provide leadership to a complex team of support staff and ensure the successful management of the day to day non-academic and commercial operations of the School. The Business Director also acts as Clerk to the Governors.

The ideal candidate will be an individual of proven senior leadership ability, a strategic thinker and able to work with the Headmistress, wider Executive Team and Governors to turn vision into reality. Financial literacy and robust commercial judgement will be essential, as will outstanding relationship-building and communication skills. He/she will be flexible, organised and resilient, with a collegiate and collaborative approach.

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

The post is available from September 2020, but the actual start date is flexible for the successful candidate.

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

The closing date for applications is 10:00am on Thursday 9th April 2020.

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

Please email your completed application form and covering letter (both as PDF files please) to Julia Coffey, our Project Coordinator, at:

Julia can also be reached by calling our Head Office on 01858 383163.

St Helen’s School is actively committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.


About this vacancy

Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 09 April 2020
  • Preliminary interviews will take place with RSAcademics on Monday 20 April 2020 or Tuesday 21 April 2020
  • Longlist interviews will take place at the School on Monday 27 April 2020
  • Shortlist interviews will take place at the School on Tuesday 28 April 2020