School Manager


Maple Hayes Hall School is an outstanding independent day special school registered for 120 students from 7-16 years old with specific learning difficulties - mainly dyslexia. The school is approved under section 41 of the Children and Families act as a school for Specific Learning Difficulties. It is set in an extensive countryside location near Lichfield.

The proprietors are seeking to appoint a School Manager to play a central role in our school leadership team. We are looking for someone with excellent interpersonal skills, who is enthusiastic efficient and well organised, has good IT skills and ideally knowledge of the independent schools system. In return, we can offer a unique school where students learn to read and write very quickly using the school's own icon teaching system and are able to achieve quite remarkable progress in their learning leading to successful futures. The school is outstanding (Ofsted 2017) and the pupils are very well behaved and are eager to learn to overcome their difficulties.

The successful candidate will manage the administration support team, matters relating to organisation and HR, oversee students' medical needs, have a key pastoral role and be the Designated Safeguarding Lead

Maple Hayes Hall School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children through safer recruitment. All appointments will be subject to a satisfactory DBS check and a continuing subscription to the DBS update service.

Visits to the school are essential and can be arranged by calling 01543 264387

Job Description

Reporting to: The Headteacher & Proprietors (the governing body)

Purpose of the job
Duties and Responsibilities to:

  • Ensure the efficient smooth running of the administration duties of the school and that all office procedures are carried out accurately and in a timely manner
  • Oversee the schools' personnel administration, absence management and safer recruitment
  • Line manage the office administrators and be responsible for their performance management
  • Be the Designated Safeguarding Lead and have responsibility for student welfare
  • Take a leading role in the pastoral care of students including behaviour, attendance and dealing with all external agencies where specialist support is provided as well as links with parents.
  • Responsible for ensuring good communications with parents, and that parent evenings and other school events are well organised, that the school website is updated  as well as the calendar.


This is a full time post (school term time & training days) with some commitment during the school holidays.
Salary £30,000 - £40,000 depending upon experience + Bonus

Personal Specification

You may offer skills, qualifications and experiences chosen from the list below:

  • Pupils’ behaviour strategy and practice
  • Assessment
  • Financial support
  • Project Management / Troubleshooting Projects
  • School development planning
  • HR & staff appraisal

Please tell us more as part of your application

Essential  Requirements



  • Degree level (or equivalent) qualification
  • Empathy with young people and with young pupils with learning difficulties
  • Strong IT user skills
  • Prepared to qualify as Designated Safeguarding Lead.
  • Prepared to qualify as a First Aider
  • Ensure compliance with Data Protection and maintain the confidentiality of records and information.
  • Be a self starter, adaptable and work flexibly. Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.

Method of assessment

Application form

Experience and general requirements


  • Committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people
  • To act on own initiative over a full range of activities including in a helpful and diplomatic manner and find a positive resolution of problems where possible. 
  • Attend and support school events eg Prizegiving day.

Method of assessment

Application form





  • Demonstrable evidence of relationships, professional collaboration and teamwork
  • Has the capacity to build and maintain organisational structures
  • Energy and temperament to work across the school
  • Being a visible presence in the school environment and an exemplar to staff (and pupils).

Method of assessment

Application form

Interview and documentation

The duties above are neither exclusive nor exhaustive and the post holder may be required by the Proprietors or Headteacher to carry out appropriate duties within the context of the job and skills. Duties and responsibilities of the post may change over time as requirements and circumstances change.  The person in the post may also be required to carry out such other duties consistent with the roll from time to time.

Links to further documentation