We are currently recruiting for a Bursar

The Governors and Head at Gateways School are seeking to appoint an experienced individual to join this dynamic and thriving school as Bursar.

The Role

As part of the senior leadership of the School you will report directly to the Head and Chair of Governors.     

Candidates will have proven managerial experience at a senior level, superb communication and relationship building skills with all stakeholders and demonstrable commercial acumen to expertly manage all of the day-to-day operations and non-academic functions of the school.  The ideal candidate has effective time management and organisational skills, commercial awareness, an accountancy qualification and background, and strong IT skills.

The Bursar will be responsible for:

Prior experience of working in a school is not a pre-requisite but a tangible interest in, and empathy for, independent education is important.

The remuneration package ranges from £50,000 – £70,000 per annum depending on experience.

Additional benefits will include a significant fee discount for children to be educated at Gateways School (subject to places being available and all relevant admissions criteria being met).

Meals will be provided free of charge during term time hours of work.

This is a full-time role however we will consider candidates who prefer to work full time during school terms and part time during school holidays.  

The School

Gateways School is on a single site in a beautiful location in Harewood village, north of Leeds. At Gateways we educate young minds for the future they will experience. Every child is known individually, is valued for their strengths and is supported to overcome their weaknesses. Our aim is to serve the needs of our pupils while appreciating parental aspiration. Our small class sizes allow us to tailor to the educational journey so that each child gains a personal, competitive advantage for success in the wider world.

Gateways is a small school as a matter of choice. We believe in the numerous benefits that come with our size. Investment into keeping class sizes small, our subject offering wide and our facilities up to date is of paramount importance at Gateways.

Gateways prides itself on the education of the whole person, and is proud to be regularly placed in the top ten schools nationally for Value Added. Last year, Gateways High School ranked first place nationally for Valued Added in GCSE Science and PE and 7th place across all GCSE subjects.

The reason for this is simple. Small class sizes and a focus on the individual lead to exceptional value added. This is further demonstrated by the fact that pupils from Gateways, a non-selective school, often achieve results which outperform surrounding schools that are academically selective.

The school has ambitious plans for the development of its infrastructure and the successful individual will play a key role in developing those plans and driving them forward.

How to apply

Please submit a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role together with an application form for the attention of:

Dr T Johnson


Gateways School,



LS17 9LE

or via e mail tracy.johnson@gatewaysschool.co.uk

If you would like to discuss the role please email head@gatewayssschool.co.uk to arrange a suitable time.

The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 27th July with interviews anticipated to take place later in the same week.

Start date : 1st September of later by mutual agreement.

The post-holder will be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children with whom he/she comes into contact. He/She must ensure compliance with the School’s Child Protection Policy at all times and this appointment will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks. Gateways School is committed to equal opportunities and equal pay for all employees.

Please see the attached job description and personal specification for further details.

Successful applicants will be required to have an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.

Please click the following links to view more details 

Bursar job specification

Gateways Application Form