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So You Want to be a Bursar?

If you are considering a career as a bursar or a senior member of the support staff within the independent school sector why not come along to our very popular 'So you want to be a bursar?' course which offers an invaluable insight into this stimulating and challenging career.  The course is available to non-members of the ISBA.

Aims of the course

The course will provide essential information on:

  • the independent schools sector including the Independent Schools Council (ISC) and constituent associations (including the ISBA) and types of school (preparatory, senior, boarding, day etc)
  • necessary qualifications, experience and training opportunities
  • roles and responsibilities of a bursar
  • current challenges facing independent schools including political, regulatory and compliance issues
  • the differences between a school business manager in the maintained sector and a bursar in the independent sector plus changing support staff structures
  • an insight into what schools are looking for and how the recruitment process is conducted
  • job opportunities available
  • a recently appointed bursar's experience of the recruitment process and their new role

Target audience

Anyone considering becoming a bursar, not currently working in the independent schools' sector, who have management experience at a senior level.


The next course will take place on Tuesday 25 June 2019 at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Basingstoke.  Details and online booking available by clicking here.