There are approximately 1225 independent schools within the
Independent Schools Council (ISC) offering senior level support
management roles. The most senior of these is the bursar or
school business manager. Many of these positions can be viewed on
our job vacancies page and
others will be advertised nationally in the education press.
Schools often seek to replace retiring bursars at the
beginning or at the end of the academic year so it is worth
looking out for advertisements in the autumn and spring terms.
So you want to be a bursar?
If you are considering a new career as a bursar or a senior
member of the support staff within an independent school or have
just recently entered the profession why not come along
to our popular 'So, You Want to be a Bursar?' course
which offers an insight into this stimulating and challenging
career. The course features a half-day briefing and is
available to non-members.
New in post as a bursar?
Those new bursars already in post but who would like to develop
their knowledge to take their career further can attend the ISBA's
Bursars' Course'. This course runs annually in
early November and covers the key issues bursars come across in
their day-to today work from inspection regulations to employment
law, health and safety, safeguarding duties and more.
Although the National College for Teaching and Leadership has
withdrawn from offering courses in school business management,
content from their former programmes is available under open
government licence. Courses leading to Level 4, 5 and 6
Diplomas in school business management are available from
organisations such as SBM Partnership which is run by NASBM, Serco
Advice on course suitability
The ISBA is able to offer advice on the suitability of the
different courses available. Email us or
phone us on 01256 330369.
The ISBA is not involved in the direct appointment of bursars as
this is the responsibility of a school's board of governors,
however, we can provide schools with guidance on the subject
including a useful ISBA policy entitled 'Recruiting a
Please note that membership of the ISBA is vested in the school
and not the bursar and, while schools generally nominate the bursar
as their ISBA representative, there is no scope for individuals to
join the association.