Finance and Operations Director

The Gilberd School & The Trinity School, Colchester

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Job Ref No. ECC5441-129S Position Type: Administration Pay Range: Salary Scale Band 11 – 12 (Range 38-48)
Position Start Date: 31/10/2021 Contract Type: Full-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 20/09/2021 Midnight Date of Interviews: TBC  

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Finance and Operations Director

Salary Scale Band 11 - 12 (Range 38-48)

£42,719 - £54,377

Full Time - Permanent

We wish to appoint an enthusiastic, dynamic, and well-organised professional to lead Finance and Operational Services across The Gilberd and Trinity Schools. The successful candidate will join the leadership team taking responsibility for Finance, Facilities and Information Services.

The school is entering an exciting phase, in the growth of Alpha Multi-Academy Trust, consisting of four secondary and one primary school in the Colchester district.

At the Gilberd and Trinity Schools you will find:

· Exceptionally welcoming schools.

· Enthusiastic, polite and well-behaved students, who are eager to learn.

· Hardworking, positive and motivated colleagues who support each other with exceptional loyalty and passion.

· Superb classrooms and resources to support teaching and learning.

· Excellent CPD and career development opportunities.

Information about the School

The Gilberd School is an extremely popular, oversubscribed mixed 11-16 comprehensive school, in North Colchester with a reputation for creating an ethos of high aspirations for all 1570 students. The school is on a large site. There has been considerable expansion and modernisation in recent years. Classroom accommodation is generally modern and spacious. We have excellent sports and performing arts facilities.

The Trinity School opened as a secondary school in September 2021 on the site of the Gilberd School. There are 120 students in Year 7. In September 2022 the pupil admission number will also be 120. From September 2023, when the school is on its permanent site, the admission number will be 180. The secondary school will grow to its full capacity of 900 students by 2026.

We are a large and successful 11 to 16 comprehensive school in Colchester and as such we offer a diverse range of posts. Staff working at The Gilberd are able to join a happy, positive and busy school. Our students appreciate the excellent education on offer and are positive and motivated. Our staff are our most valuable resource. There are 200 staff currently working on The Gilberd Site, the teaching staff are ably assisted by a team of talented support staff.

The touchstone to our values and beliefs is The Gilberd Way this informs all we do.

The Gilberd Way

As a School Community,

We show ambition and commitment

We act with integrity and compassion

We learn with creativity and resilience

In many respects these apply just as much to staff as to students. One of the strengths of the school is the quality of relationships, amongst all staff and between staff and students. We work together within an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust which supports our aims.

The results of our work can be seen in the things we can measure like our exam results, which are consistently very good. Our many successes have been recognised in our most recent Ofsted report of November 2018. This report judged us to be Outstanding in every category. Our examination successes are due to the skill and commitment of all of our hard-working staff who do all they can to ensure all students achieve their best.

We also pride ourselves on the successes that cannot be measured, the positive atmosphere in school, the pride that we have in the many successes of our staff and students and the genuine warmth of our community. We believe in educating the whole person and have worked to create a school where sporting, artistic and performing events are fully integrated into our lives; hopefully this is reflected in the myriad of activities you can see on our website.

We are a friendly and supportive staff and regularly join together for social activities and outings. Some of the benefits of working within our team are highlighted here.

Both The Gilberd School and The Trinity School are part of Alpha Academy Trust along with Colchester County High School for Girls, Manningtree High School and Home Farm Primary School.

The Headteacher of The Gilberd is currently overseeing the opening of the new school and will be its Executive Headteacher. There are exciting opportunities for collaboration across the trust.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.


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Information about the school

Contact Information

Alison Tuckwell
The Gilberd School
Brinkley Lane
Highwoods, Colchester
Essex, CO4 9PU
Telephone: 01206 842211