School Business Leader (Full time)

NJC Grade 16, Scale Point 46 – 48, £52,746 – £54,873

Purley Oaks Primary School is a welcoming, vibrant and inclusive community school. We are three-form entry offering places from nursery through to year 6. Our school is popular and the established leadership team is committed to working towards excellence and achieving the best outcomes for all our pupils and staff.

The school’s business leader is the leading support staff professional, working as part of the senior leadership team, to assist the headteacher and governors to ensure that the school meets its financial and educational commitments.

The business leader is responsible for promoting the highest standards of practice within the business, premises, lunchtime and catering functions of the school. As well as overseeing the effective use of resources in support of the school’s learning and financial objectives. There is an expectation that the post holder will act with a high degree of autonomy including responsibility and accountability for managing delegated budgets and resources.

You will take strategic responsibility and operational management of finance, human resources, whole-school administration, catering, lunchtime supervision, facilities and property management, data protection and health and safety. The role is varied and rewarding with an exciting mix of strategic leadership and operational management.  The right candidate will need to be flexible, resilient, able to prioritise essential tasks and possess the skills to lead change.  Excellent communication skills, a good sense of humour and willingness to roll up one’s sleeves are essential.

The successful applicant will need to be experienced at a senior level and have a significant and demonstrable record of accomplishment in developing finance and administrative systems. Have the ability to motivate, inspire and influence people and have the skills and knowledge to deal with any related employment issues. You will possess good interpersonal and communication skills and have qualifications and/or experience comparable with a senior post of this nature.

Applications are welcome from colleagues in schools, local authority, business or industrial administrative settings who are passionate about making a difference for children. You would be joining a supportive staff team and would receive good opportunities for professional development.


We are committed to safeguarding and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will require an enhanced DBS check, right to work in the UK and two references. We will take up references prior to your interview, unless there is a valid reason for them not to be requested. Please note that photographic ID and certificates of qualifications should be evidenced at the interview stage.


We aim to promote and ensure equality of opportunity and equal treatment for all.


School visits are a must. To make an appointment please contact Miss Lowe (PA to the Headteacher/Office Manager) on 020 8688 4268 or by emailing


In line with the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018) the school is responsible for holding and protecting personal data.  The school is required to share some data with the Local Authority, Croydon Council and the Department for Education. For further information on who we share data with please see our website for our Data Protection Policy and Privacy Notice on our website.


To apply please complete the Application Form, Equal Opportunities Form and provide a Supporting Statement which shows how you meet the criteria outlined in the Person Specification. All these forms can be found on our website:

Applications should be submitted to:


Closing Date:     12:00 midday on Friday 24th June 2022

Interviews:         Weeks beginning 27th June and 4th July 2022

Tenable:              1st September 2022

Letter from the Headteacher 27 May 2022

School Business Leader Job Description and Person Specification May 2022

Support Staff Application Form – January 2022.

Guidance Notes for Applicants 2021

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form – Printable Version – January 2022