For a variety of reasons schools sometimes find themselves in
need of a temporary bursar, either to fill a gap between the
departure of a previous bursar and the arrival of a successor or to
cover periods of sickness/maternity/paternity or holiday leave.
Occasionally, it is to cover a period of peak workload where the
current bursar simply requires some help. The duration can be from
a few weeks to several months or even a year. The ISBA can normally
assist with this in the guise of a former bursar who has indicated
a willingness to undertake this type of employment.
In response to a request from a school, we will trawl a number
of possible candidates from our locum list whose experience matches
the school concerned, and we will then seek an expression of
interest from the individuals and provide the school with their
CVs. The school is invited to approach its preferred candidate and
negotiate an agreed fee and timetable for the period concerned.
Occasionally locums find themselves being offered permanent
positions on completion of a short-term contract as the
relationship between bursar and employer has already been
established. The locum knows the working practices and scope of the
job, while the employer has first-hand knowledge of the skills and
aptitude of the applicant concerned.
If you would like us to provide your school with a locum
please contact Head Office either by emailing us or telephone
We can also help schools with the appraisal of bursars and mentors for
those bursars new to post - call and speak to John Murphie, Chief