Senior Finance Officer (Part Time)
Salary: Grade 6 Point 26 – 28
Salary Band: £30,984 - £32,798 (Pro rata) (depending on experience) (FTE 0.5449)
Actual Salary: £16,883 - £17,871
Hours: 21.6 hours per week to be agreed prior to start date
Contract type: Part time 41 week, 39 weeks, Term time and 3 weeks during school holidays
Responsible to: School Business Manager
Please note that the successful applicant will have accountancy qualifications, although qualified by experience would be considered.
Prepare all financial statements in support of the SBM for reporting to Headteacher, Governors and all for external bodies. In preparation of all reporting, assist in the development of the financial function to improve efficiency.
To support the School Business Manager (SBM) in delivery, preparation, review of the School Budget.
- To operate, maintain and develop the financial procedures and systems of the school, in co-operation with the Leadership Group and Governors, ensuring that legal requirements are met, and the function of the school is maintained.
- To ensure that the school is fully prepared to meet OFSTED, audit and SFVS criteria.
- To operate the Financial Management System
- To ensure accurate financial records are maintained and prepare reports on a regular basis for the Headteacher and Governors.
- To ensure that the financial transactions in the school are carried out in an appropriate manner and that the financial regulations of both the ESFA and the school are observed.
- To prepare monthly management accounts, monitoring reports, submit statutory financial statements
- To prepare for approval annual estimates of income and expenditure.
- To manage and co-operate with audit/internal scrutiny procedures as necessary.
- To monitor all service contracts and insurance policies, with a view to cost effectiveness; and ensuring that the school maximizes its potential from providers.
- To support staff responsible for delegated budgets with procedures which enable them to monitor these budgets.
- To work with the Premises and Compliance Manager to monitor the standard and cost effectiveness of contractors within the agreed performance indicators.
- To support finance related Governors’ meetings. Whole-school organisation, strategy and development
- To co-ordinate the set-up and implementation of any new finance system to enable the structure to fit with ESFA reporting requirements.
- To reconcile and submit the quarterly VAT submission.
- All employees of Wirral Grammar School for Boys will be expected to comply with the Data Protection Act when handling any personal data. Confidentiality must be maintained at all times. In addition to the above the post holder must be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and to following policy and ensuring compliance with the Health and Safety policy and procedures at all times.
- This job description will be reviewed regularly and may be subject to amendment or modification at any time after consultation with the post holder. It is not a comprehensive statement of procedures and tasks, but sets out the main expectations of the school in relation to the post holder’s professional responsibilities and duties.
- In addition, you may be expected to take part in any other reasonable duties which may be required.
Wirral Grammar School is a selective state, 11 to 18 Business and Enterprise School for Boys. The school is situated on the Wirral peninsula in the village of Bebington, one mile from junction 4 on the M53. Our school is very popular and oversubscribed.
We have extensive specialist facilities and much of our accommodation is under 15 years old, while the older parts date back to the 1930s. Thanks largely to the Target Capital Grant that was awarded in 2006, new buildings have been added and all parts of the existing buildings have been re-modelled. ICT facilities cover the whole school with WiFi connectivity to most areas and all classrooms have ICT equipment for presentation purposes. We have our own purpose built Sports Hall and extensive playing fields.
Wirral Grammar School for Boys has been a converter academy since 2011. Prior to becoming an Academy, the school was a Foundation School and this followed from the school’s Grant Maintained status, which was acquired in the 1990s. We serve the immediate community of Bebington and Bromborough and each year, pupils join us from other parts of Wirral and across the county border into Cheshire.
Wirral Grammar School is a selective 11 – 18 school and entry into Year 7 is by a threshold 11+ assessment that pupils take when they are in Year 6 at primary school. The admissions process is managed by Wirral Local Authority on behalf of the school and the same assessment is used for admission to the other Grammar Schools in the area. The school has capacity to admit 155 pupils in each year group making us a five form entry school. At the end of Year 11, most pupils stay on into our Sixth Form and upon leaving the Sixth Form, the majority go on to University. In recent years there has been a growing demand for routes into higher level apprenticeship placements.
During the specialist Schools Funding programme the chosen specialism was Business and Enterprise. Although the funding has ended, we have continued to place an emphasis on Enterprise Education given the importance of this from the perspective of employability skills. Enterprise activity is promoted through the House system and encouraged through the rewards system. The fact that our boys raise in the region of £14,000 every year for their choice of charity, bears testimony to their enterprise activity.
Our pupils’ personal development is further enriched through a strong emphasis on promoting leadership opportunities though peer support, academic tutoring, anti-bullying, sport captaincy and music ensemble coordination.
Participation in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, including overseas visits, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, outdoor pursuits; together with school-based clubs, all serve to further enrich our pupils’ education.
Over a third of pupils are actively learning to play musical instruments, supported by eighteen school-based peripatetic music tutors and in sport our school has a reputation for winning competitions at local, regional and national levels.
In 2018 we achieved the Unicef ‘Rights Respecting Schools Award’ at Silver level and we are currently working towards the Gold Award. We were recently reaccredited with the International Schools Award.
Since 2011, we have successfully secured in the region of £1million through the Education Funding Agency Capital Improvement Fund; this has resulted in significant capital improvements with the replacement of all windows, flat roof areas and the creation of a new ‘Hall Annex’.
In our 2009 Ofsted inspection, the school was judged to be outstanding and we have retained this judgement through the policy of inspection exemption for outstanding schools. Governors and senior staff maintain a clear picture of school performance through a process of self-evaluation that reflects the structure of the school inspection framework. Each year Governors produce an Annual Review which is circulated to all stakeholders. Past copies of the review can be found on our school website.
Annual surveys confirm that parents have a high degree of confidence in the school and across all aspects of school life. The reputation of the school within the community is very strong and this is reflected in the fact that the school is typically over-subscribed.
Further information about the school can be found on our school website: www.wirralgrammarboys.com
We place an emphasis on professional development and we have established a strong commitment to collaboration and in-house support. Wirral Grammar School is well respected in its community and parent surveys reflect a high degree of satisfaction and confidence in the school. Parent surveys for the last academic year can be accessed through the ‘Parent’ link on the home page of our website. Further details about our school can be found at our website:www.wirralgrammarboys.com
- Please note that Wirral Grammar School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
- As part of the selection process, the interview will explore your perspectives on safeguarding young people in terms of a school contex
What we are able to offer
- A high level of professional support with access to training where required and induction at both Department and School levels.
- A well-resourced Department
- Students who are highly motivated and want to achieve.
- An in-house CPD programme that encourages professional development
- An ICT rich environment.
The closing date is 24th June 2022 at 12 noon. In your application you should include the following:
- The completed Wirral Grammar School application form
- The completed WGSB Self Disclosure Form
- A letter of application in which you address the following using each as a separate section:
- Your experience and how it has prepared you for this role
- What your priorities would be if successful
Successful shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview, however, if you have not heard from us within one week of the closing date, please assume that this particular application has been unsuccessful.
Feedback is always offered to candidates who attend for interview but who are not appointed. We regret that we are unable to give feedback where applicants are not shortlisted to attend for interview; this is due to the large number of applications that we receive.
Applications together with all supporting documentation (as indicated in the application process above) should be emailed to Kay Abercrombie at firstname.lastname@example.org
This post is subject to an Enhanced Level DBS check.
The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
All applicants will be considered on the basis of suitability for the post regardless of sex, race or disability.