Appointments Vacancies

Operations Bursar – Brighton College

Brighton, East Sussex

September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter

Brighton College is one of the leading schools in the world, with campuses in the UK and overseas. In November 2020, the College was awarded United Kingdom School of the Decade by The Sunday Times for the quality of its education and its culture of kindness. Located in the vibrant city of Brighton, the College takes pride in employing passionate and talented individuals who wish to become part of its progressive and inclusive community.

The College comprises a prep school with 525 day pupils, aged 3-13, and a senior school with 1,200 pupils, of whom 750 attend daily and 450 board.  The Brighton College family of schools in the UK also includes St Christopher’s School and Handcross Park.

The College is seeking to appoint an outstanding Operations Bursar to line manage the front-facing support functions of the College, with a particular focus on delivering outstanding customer service to current and prospective parents, support to teachers in their delivery of outstanding education and a warm and safe environment for its pupils. Human Resources, Catering, Buildings and Estate Management, Transport, Health, Safety and Security are all part of the wide and interesting remit.

The individual must have an understanding of what 5-star service looks like, possess the ability to replicate this in a school setting, and have the fastidiousness and strength of character to insist upon the highest standards from colleagues at all times. The Operations Bursar will be a key member of the College Senior Management Team and will be accountable to the Head of Senior School and Executive Head of Prep Schools and through them to the Head Master, Richard Cairns.

The successful candidate will be an individual of proven senior leadership ability, have strong analytical and problem-solving skills and will possess excellent relationship-building and communication skills. Experience of delivering first class customer service will be essential.

Candidates will have a genuine passion for education but prior experience of working in a school is not a prerequisite. The salary for this senior role is up to £100,000 per annum and, as a member of the College Senior Management Team, the post comes with generous fee remission.

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

Nina Lambert: or + 44 (0)7764 185745

The closing date for applications is 10.00am on Monday 24th May 2021.

Candidates should complete their application form electronically and email it to RSAcademics, together with a covering letter, addressed to the Head Master, Richard Cairns, which explains their reasons for applying.

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

Brighton College 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, including an enhanced DBS check, satisfactory references, proof of identity and qualifications, and a satisfactory medical report. 


About this vacancy

Key Dates

  • Deadline for applications 24 May 2021 10:00am (UK)
  • Preliminary Interviews will take place with RSAcademics via Microsoft Teams on either 26 May 2021 or 27 May 2021
  • Long List interviews will take place at the College on either 8 June 2021 or 9 June 2021
  • Short List interviews will take place at the College on 14 June 2021