Dinnington First School, Sycamore Avenue, Dinnington, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE13 7JY

School Business Manager

Please note that in all cases written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers BEFORE the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise



Full time - term time

£36,298 - £40,478 per annum, pro rata. Actual salary: £30,434 - £33,939 per annum.

This is a Foundation School which is part of a Trust; the employer will be the Governing Body of the School.

Dinnington First School

Sycamore Avenue


Newcastle upon Tyne

NE13 7JY

37 hours per week, term time plus specified days

Required by: February 2023 (or earlier if possible)

Due the expansion of our school, the Governors are seeking to recruit a School Business Manager to support in the daily running and leadership of Dinnington First School

Dinnington First School is one of ten schools within the Gosforth Schools Trust. As a Trust we work closely with each other to maximise productivity and learning opportunities for the children in our community.

Dinnington First School has provision for children aged 3-9. The school has its own Nursery and runs daily wrap-around care from 07.45 until 18.00. Since expansion the school has built even better links to the local community and other schools in the area and is used to host a range of sports clubs in the evenings and during school holidays.

The school senior leadership team is strong and effective and manages a dedicated and friendly staff.

We are looking for a highly professional individual with strong leadership and organisational skills to join out SLT and lead effectively all of the essential support services within our school.

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate the following:

Leadership and strategy

- Be responsible for line-managing support staff, including carrying out long-term resource planning and managing recruitment, appraisal and professional development

- Under the direction of the headteacher, lead on all financial matters in school, to ensure the school’s successful financial performance and to ensure financial decisions are clearly linked to the school’s strategic goals

- Implement school-wide changes and allocate resources in line with the school improvement plan, putting policies and procedures in place and communicating them to staff

- Take all decisions in line with the vision and values of the school and encourage others to do the same.

- Implement a marketing plan for the school, which utilises the school website, signage, the prospectus, and communications with current and prospective parents

- Monitor developments in technology and consider how it can be used to enhance the school’s business processes, teaching and learning, and staff wellbeing

- As a member of the senior leadership team, attend leadership team meetings and report to governors where appropriate

Financial management and fundraising

- In partnership with the headteacher, manage the school’s budget and ensure it is balanced, realistic, and represents an effective use of public funds

- Submit the budget to the governing board

- Monitor the budget all year round, advising the headteacher where revisions or changes are needed

- Forecast future years’ budgets, based on the school’s estimated funding and trends in expenditure, to enable the headteacher to make strategic, long-term decisions

- Comply with financial reporting requirements and submit statutory returns

- Oversee school bank accounts on a day-to-day basis, ensuring money is banked, invoices are paid promptly, money owed is collected, and clear records are kept

- Develop and implement the school’s fundraising and income generation strategy, choosing fundraising priorities in line with the school improvement plan

- Find and apply for grants

- Lead on procurement processes, managing tenders where appropriate, conducting due diligence, benchmarking and evaluating suppliers, negotiating deals and ensuring value for money

- Manage the school’s lettings offer

Human resources

- Manage the school’s payroll provision with the payroll provider

- Ensure that recruitment, appraisal, disciplinary and grievance policies are administered in accordance with employment law

- Advise on HR issues within school and liaise with the external HR provider

- With the headteacher conduct reviews of the school’s staffing structure to ensure effective deployment of staff and financial efficiency

Health and safety

- With the headteacher, supervise the maintenance of the school site

- Manage the school’s compliance with health and safety regulations, and put in place processes and procedures to ensure the safety of all in the school

- Organise health and safety training for staff

- Work alongside the facilities supervisor to ensure that the site is kept clean and safe.


- Manage the school’s compliance with statutory obligations, and advise others on the relevant legal, regulatory and ethical requirements

- Track all school policies and ensure they are updated in accordance with the policy review schedule

- Monitor and update the risk register


- Keep records in accordance with the school’s record retention schedule and data protection law, ensuring information security and confidentiality at all times

- Provide administrative support for the headteacher and governing body

- Working with the data protection officer ensure data protection compliance and helping the school community understand how to comply with data protection law

- The school business manager will be required to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people and follow school policies and the staff code of conduct.

Please note that this list of duties is illustrative of the general nature and level of responsibility of the role. It is not a comprehensive list of all tasks that the school business manager will carry out. The postholder may be required to do other duties appropriate to the level of the role, as directed by the headteacher.

Previous experience as a School Business Manager or working within an educational setting would be preferable but not essential.

You will work alongside a highly professional, supportive and enthusiastic team to raise standards and systems within our support functions, as well as providing key business support to the Head Teacher, Senior Leaders and colleagues across the Trust.

Informal discussions and school visits are most welcome- to arrange a telephone conversation or visit please contact the school by email at the address below.

Application packs are available to download from our school website or by emailing Please submit a covering letter, completed application form and Safe Recruitment form by email to by email.

Closing Date: Friday 9th December

Shortlisting Date: Monday the12th December

Interviews: Week beginning 19th December.

Please note that in all cases, written reference will be taken up and made available to interviewers BEFORE the final selection stage, even if you indicate otherwise.

Dinnington First School is strongly committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The appointment of the successful candidate will depend upon a satisfactory enhanced criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service along with other recruitment and vetting checks.


Closing date:

9 December 2022

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