So you want to be a bursar?

Date: 12/04/2017

Venue: Hampshire Court Hotel, Basingstoke

Price: £90.00

Who is it for? Aspiring bursars who are not currently working in a support role in independent schools.

Course detail

This half-day briefing will inform and guide those who are considering a career in the independent schools sector as either a bursar or senior member of the support staff.


09.30 Registration and refreshments  
10.00 Welcome and Introduction
  • The ISBA
  • Maintained vs. independent sector
  • How independent schools are run
  • Overview of the independent schools sector
  • Reporting lines and relationships
Margaret McKenna
10.20 The independent education sector – challenges…and opportunities
  • Affordability
  • Child protection
  • Inspections
  • Charitable status and public benefit
  • Opportunities
David Woodgate
10.50 Refreshments  
11.05 Overview of responsibilities
  • Financial management and reporting
  • Premises/estates management
  • Support staff, to include the HR function (recruitment, appraisal and disciplinary procedures)
  • Liaison with the local community (use of school facilities etc.)
  • Liaison with the school’s advisors (lawyers, accountants etc.)
 Speaker tbc
11.50 Break  
11.55 Finding the ideal job
  • Analysis of skills set and relevant experience
  • Necessary qualifications and experience, training opportunities
  • Preparation and research – the key to success
  • Use own network – business contacts, friends, relations etc
  • Familiarisation visits
  • Advertisements – ISBA, national, local
  • The application, interview and selection process
Paul Simpson
12.30 Q&A Session  
13.00 Lunch  



David Woodgate, Chief Executive ISBA

Paul Simpson, Professional Development Director ISBA

Margaret McKenna, Bursar Felsted School