Meadow High School

School Business Manager
Post Start Date: September 2023
Closing date: 03/07/2023
Closing time: 11:59 AM

School Business Manager

Contract type: Permanent, Full-time
Work pattern: 36 hours per week, All year round (52 weeks)
Salary information: POB; £42,795 - £46,857 per annum
Start date: September 2023

Meadow High School: Achieving together - Every pupil shapes a lesson.

If you are a dynamic, committed and inspirational business manager who wants to make a difference to the lives of young people then we would like to hear from you.

Meadow is a special school for students aged 11-19 with complex to moderate learning needs many of whom also are autistic. One of the UK’s largest secondary special schools, we have been consistently rated as a Good school. The school holds a number of national awards including the SEN Specialist Schools Award, the Inclusion Quality Mark Award and the International School Award.

To support the Local Authority we are about to embark on two new development projects. The first is a Satellite Unit based in Harefield village, called 'Northwood Road'. This will house up to 90 Pathway pupils. The next project is a replacement block where our remaining temporary classrooms are situated. Once this is opened  we will gradually expand to have around 300 pupils on the 'Royal Lane' site.

Other in house developments include: the construction of a Community Cafe and its supporting kitchen; the expansion and refurbishment of our Life and Living Skills house and garden; the development of a forest school area, expanded horticulture area, outdoor classroom and outdoor gym. As you can see, things rarely stand still here.

The Governing Body is looking to appoint an inspirational and energetic School Business Manager to work alongside our Senior Leadership Team, leading the school through its new developments and continuing the Ofsted journey from Good to Outstanding status. The correct candidate will be responsible for managing the strategy and operation of the business functions of our school, including financial management with a school budget of £8.5 million, health and safety, human resources, compliance and administration. They will advise on and implement the day-to-day support that enable the school to operate effectively and efficiently, and that allows other members of the leadership team to focus on teaching and learning.

What we want from our candidate:
  • Successful leadership and management experience in a school, or in a relevant field outside education
  • Expert knowledge of financial management
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to build effective working relationships with staff and other stakeholders
  • Commitment to promoting the ethos and values of the school and getting the best outcomes for all pupils
  • Commitment to safeguarding and equality
What we can offer you:
  • A vibrant, welcoming, well established and friendly school
  • A school with pupils who enjoy school and thrive on their opportunities and achievements
  • A talented and experienced staff team committed to giving our pupils the best opportunities for life
  • A highly supportive and committed Governing Body
  • Opportunities for CPD
If you are interested in this fantastic opportunity and you are the exceptional leader we are seeking, we would like to hear from you.

We welcome and encourage visits to the school. If you would like to arrange one please contact Miss Sanderson (Administration Officer) at

Please note that shortlisting will be based on the criteria in the Personal Specification, we do not have a set word limit for applications.

Closing date: Monday 3rd July  
Shortlisting: On receipt of applications   
Interviews: To be confirmed

Supporting Documents

Additional Information
CVs or incomplete applications will not be accepted

Safeguarding Statement
Meadow High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check, satisfactory references and other pre-employment checks. In addition, as part of the shortlisting process, we will carry out an online search as part of our due diligence on the shortlisted candidates to help identify any incidents or issues that may have happened, and are publicly available online, and which we may want to explore with candidates at interview.

Our Location
Address: Royal Lane, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3QU