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Director of Finance & Operations and Clerk to the Governors – West Buckland School



This is a wonderful opportunity to join a successful school with ambition and a clear sighted strategy, set on the edge of Exmoor National Park.

August 2020 or before by negotiation

Set in 100 acres of idyllic countryside on the edge of Exmoor, West Buckland School is a hidden gem, an impressive all-rounder school with excellent facilities, great teaching and a real sense of community. This is a once in a career opportunity for a highly motivated, energetic and forward thinking individual to make a unique life style move to join a successful school with ambition and a clear sighted strategy.

The Governors are seeking a successor to the current Director of Finance and Operations and Clerk to the Governors who is retiring in August 2020. The successful candidate will provide inspirational leadership to the business support team and ensure the successful management of the day to day operations of the School.

The Director of Finance and Operations is a critical member of the Senior Executive Team and he/she also acts as Clerk to the Governors.  The role holder will be expected to manage the commercial and business aspects of the School and establish highly effective, collaborative relationships with Governors and colleagues at all levels.

The ideal candidate will be an individual of proven leadership ability, a strategic thinker and able to turn vision into reality in partnership with the Senior Executive Team and Governors. Financial literacy and robust commercial judgement will be essential.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and inspiring individual, who will be working with talented senior leaders, a committed staff, and supportive Governors who are ambitious and have a clear strategic vision for the School.  Previous experience in the education sector is desirable but not essential.

The importance of the post is recognised in an attractive remuneration package.

Interested candidates are invited to contact Peter Lockhart to arrange a confidential discussion about the role:  or call him on 07876 354185

The closing date for applications is 10:00am on Tuesday 10th December 2019

To apply:

Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email it to RSAcademics, together with their covering letter, addressed to The Chairman, which explains their reasons for applying.

Please email your completed application form and covering letter (as PDF files please) to:

West Buckland 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.

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Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 10 December 2019 10.00am
  • Preliminary interviews 06 January 2020 -07 January 2020
  • Long list interviews 29 January 2020
  • Short list interviews 11 February 2020