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Brinkworth Earl Danby’s CE Primary School

Brinkworth Earl Danby’s CE Primary School

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Brinkworth Earl Danby’s School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Following recommendations from KCSiE an additional pre-employment check will be conducted as part of this recruitment process – an online search will be completed by the School on all shortlisted candidates.

All applicants will be subject to a full Disclosure and Barring Service check before their appointment is confirmed.

We currently have a vacancy for a School Business Manager and a combined Teaching Assistant/MDSA role.

Why work for us?

We are a small village school set across two spacious, well equipped sites set in beautiful rural countryside, with a highly committed and enthusiastic staff team. We have approximately 160 pupils on roll who are polite, well motivated and achieve high standards in all areas of school life. We benefit from supportive governors, colleagues and parents and are committed to professional development and school improvement.

Our last full OFSTED inspection took place in Apr 2015, with a short inspection in Dec 2018 and we are delighted that the school was assessed as being ‘Good’.

We can offer you:

  • A warm and welcoming school environment where children are eager to learn, have positive attitudes and love coming to school;
  • A supportive and friendly team of colleagues;
  • The opportunity to work in an encouraging and creative environment;
  • Opportunities for personal and professional development.



Wiltshire Pay Scale Grade I £30,151 - £32,020 pa pro-rata (£15.63 - £16.60/hr)

(Note: £1,925 expected to be applied to all pay scales from Apr 23)


37 per week - (8:30 – 16:30hrs Mon – Thu & 8.30 – 16:00 hrs Fri)

43 weeks per year (equates to term time including 5 INSET days and 20 days in the holidays)

Contract type


Commencement date

Mon 17th April 2023 or as soon as possible after that date

Are you looking for an exciting new challenge within a busy and happy school? This could be the perfect opportunity for you!

Applications are warmly invited for the position of School Business Manager, at Brinkworth Earl Danby’s Primary School. We are a split site school; you will mainly be based at our Lower Site in Dauntsey, although time is regularly spent at the Upper Site in Brinkworth. The role is 37hrs/week (8:30 – 16:30hrs Mon – Thu & 8.30 – 16:00 hrs Fri), 43 weeks per year. This covers term time & INSET days, plus 20 days across the school holidays.

We are seeking a highly motivated and professional individual who will lead and manage all non-teaching functions of the school, which includes support staff across the teams (i.e. admin, catering). As an integral link into the Senior Leadership Team, this position has responsibility for providing effective leadership and management of all aspects of day to day finance and financial development, HR, premises, administration, contracts, marketing and resources. There is also a requirement to attend 6 business related Governor meetings each academic year.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Demonstrate relevant experience of managerial and financial duties at a strategic level;
  • Have an enthusiastic and highly motivated personality with the ability to work unsupervised;
  • Offer flexibility, adaptability, an eye for detail and excellent organisational skills;
  • Have strong interpersonal and communication skills, able to deal with a  variety of stakeholders;
  • Be a team player, loyal, adaptable and very good at juggling priorities;
  • Have a high level of ICT literacy and the ability to use ICT to support and implement process improvement;
  • Offer proven managerial experience and skills;
  • Be committed to education and believe in the importance of educational goals of the school;
  • Be able to manage change and support development of the school;
  • Wish to work collaboratively with other schools;
  • Have the ability to work across the whole school community and support the inclusive ethos of the school.

Please see attached job profile and person spec for further information. The ability to maintain the security and confidentiality of school administration is an essential feature of this post, together with a good sense of humour.

Key useful experience:

  • Finance skills, including budget setting, control, analysis and auditing. A relevant finance/accountancy qualification  (e.g. AAT) would be ideal, but is not essential.
  • HR/Payroll in a school
  • Maintaining a school’s Single Central Record
  • Operational management background
  • Contract and supplier management
  • PR and marketing, including knowledge of software such as Canva.
  • H&S, compliance and site/facilities’ management knowledge, preferably in a LA school
  • Data protection understanding
  • Working towards a qualification in School Business Management, or an equivalent qualification would be an advantage
  • A working knowledge of SIMS and FMS would be ideal, but again is not essential

Brinkworth Earl Danby’s Primary 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 subject to a full Disclosure and Barring Service check before appointment is confirmed.

Additional information

Visits are encouraged and warmly welcomed – please come and meet some of the staff and our children and see the School in action yourself before the closing date. To arrange a visit call 01666 510406.

If you have any questions or wish to apply for this School Business Manager Role please submit your application (attachments below) to Mrs Lauren Metcalfe, School Business Manager:

Via Email -

Via Post – Brinkworth Earl Danby's Primary School, The Green, Dauntsey, Chippenham. SN15 4HU.

Please note standalone CV’s are not permitted.



Brinkworth Earl Danby’s C of E Primary School is a welcoming and vibrant countryside split site school with 154 pupils on roll and easily accessible from Chippenham, Malmesbury and Swindon. A wonderful opportunity has arisen to work as a full time Teaching Assistant at our Upper Site (Y3-6) in the village of Brinkworth.

Applications are warmly invited for the combined position of KS2 Teaching Assistant and MDSA, to start from Monday 17th April initially providing support to a KS2 class based at our Upper Site in Brinkworth 5 days per week, from 8.45am – 3.15pm. Although advertised as full time, there may be some scope for this to be a part-time position so please outline that in your application if appropriate to ensure it is taken into consideration.

Preferred hours are Monday to Friday:

Teaching Assistant: 8.45am – 12pm & 1.30 – 3.15pm (5hrs/day)

MDSA: 12 – 1pm (1hr/day)

We are looking for someone who:

  • is committed to helping children achieve their full potential;
  • will be a positive role model for pupils, whatever their needs and abilities;
  • have relevant work experience with primary aged pupils;
  • will be self motivated, calm and supportive in nature.

The role will include some periods of supporting the whole class, and some periods of working with small groups on targeted activities and interventions. 

As this is a combined position, you will be required to work as an MDSA from 12pm until 1pm for 5 days a week. Our MDSAs support pupils during the lunchtime period, both while they are eating their lunch and at play. The role will involve supporting all the pupils at our Upper Site, working with the other MDSAs to ensure that the lunchtime period runs smoothly and that the children benefit from positive play opportunities.

Although this role is advertised as being based at our Upper Site in Brinkworth,  some degree of flexibility is required in order to provide support where it is needed most. Work at our Lower Site in Dauntsey may be required from time to time, e.g. to cover staff absences.

We reserve the right to shortlist and interview suitable candidates on receipt of application so prompt applications are encouraged, and highly recommended, for this role.

Further information on the roles can be found via the attached job profiles below.


Salary Grade: Wiltshire Pay Scale Grade D (TA) & Grade B (MDSA)

Salary Band: Grade D: £21,189 - £21,968 FTE pa and Grade B £20,258 - £20,441 to be applied pro rata. Please note the pay award for 2023/24 has not been applied to these salary scales, but an increase of £1,925 is expected on all pay scales from April 23 and would be applicable to this role.

Location: Brinkworth Earl Danby’s School Upper Site, School Hill, Brinkworth SN15 5AX

Contract Type/Term: Term Time Permanent

Hours: 30 per week total (25 as TA, 5 as MDSA)

Closing Date: 12pm Fri 24th March

Interview Date: TBC

Start Date: Mon 17th April, or as soon as possible after that date dependent upon candidate availability and recruitment checks.

Additional information

If you have any questions or wish to apply for this Teaching Assistant Role please contact/submit your completed Application and Equality & Diversity form (links below) to Mrs Lauren Metcalfe, School Business Manager:

Via Email -

Via Post – Brinkworth Earl Danby's Primary School, School Hill, Brinkworth, Chippenham. SN15 5AX.

All applicants will be notifed of the shortlisting decisions by email. References for shortlisted candidates will be requested before interviews.

Please note standalone CV’s are not permitted.