John Lyon is Northwest London’s leading co-ed 3-18 independent school with a richly deserved reputation for providing an exceptional education that combines high academic standards with excellence in Sport and the Arts as well as outstanding pastoral care. Situated on 3 sites (Senior School, Prep School and 28 acre Playing Fields), the School sits within the John Lyon Foundation and alongside the Harrow Family of Schools which includes Harrow School and Harrow International Schools.

The Head and Governing Body are seeking to appoint an engaging, forward-thinking leader to the post of Bursar. With responsibility for leading the School’s financial and operational planning alongside implementation of the strategic vision, candidates will be able to demonstrate proven ability in senior leadership, change management and financial control in complex environments.

Reporting to the Head and a key member of the Senior Leadership and Executive Teams, the Bursar will lead a large and diverse support team in order to ensure the successful delivery of the School’s finances, operations and commercial activity.

The successful candidate will be a collaborative senior leader, with strong entrepreneurial and commercial instincts and be capable of empowering and developing others to ensure the continued success of John Lyon.

Prior experience in the education sector is not essential and applications are encouraged from candidates with commercial, charitable and public sector backgrounds; however all candidates should be able to demonstrate a commitment to the well being and educational outcomes of children aged 3 to 18.

A highly competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package including fee remission will be available for the successful candidate.

The School’s benefits include:

  • Complimentary lunch during term-time
  • Fees remission for children of staff
  • Use of the School’s Sports Centre (including swimming pool) at designated times
  • Discount membership to Harrow School’s Golf Club
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Commitment to professional development

How to Apply

John Lyon School is being assisted in the recruitment of this key appointment by the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association (ISBA), from whom a Candidate Pack can be obtained by sending an email to [email protected]. Alternatively if you would like to discuss the position with ISBA prior to applying, please contact Lucy Wyatt on 07817 038009.

Closing date for applications is Monday 4 March 2024.

Screening interviews will be conducted by ISBA and short-listed candidates will attend first stage interviews between 12-14 March 2024 with the final stage interviews taking place on Tuesday 19 or Wednesday 20 March 2024.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and students. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for our students and staff.