United Learning

  • Central London / West End
About United Learning

United Learning is a unique group of independent and state schools working together to achieve the best in everyone. Our vision is to provide excellent education so that all young people are able to make a success of their lives and, if we are to realise this vision, we need to make sure we attract, develop and reward the key ingredient – you.

Job Introduction

We seek an outstanding and innovative Business Manager. As the Business Manager, you will provide overall leadership and line management to the business support functions within the Academy; developing high performing teams which are motivated and focused on the education outcomes and strategic vision of the Academy. You will liaise with United Learning central services to ensure that these functions provide value added support and advice in a timely and professional way.

We know that outstanding Business Managers have transferable skills and are confident and effective in all aspects of their role but we also recognise that you will need support and challenge yourself so that you can grow to be the best you can be – we will make this happen.

You will relate to the Academy’s ethos of “the best in everyone” and enjoy working with a rich, diverse group of young people in a dynamic and vibrant learning environment. Walthamstow Academy is sponsored by United Learning. As part of the largest group of Academies and independent schools, we offer outstanding professional development and career progression across both the maintained and independent sector.

To conclude, we need someone who is passionate about making a difference, please get in touch.

Main Responsibilities

Negotiate and influence strategic decision making within the Academy’s Senior Management/Leadership Team and Governing Body
Provide leadership to the Finance Manager, with support and advice from the Central Office Finance Business Partner, and other specialists and senior managers within the central Finance and Strategic Planning teams
Take overall leadership for the Academy HR support service, ensuring its efficient operation according to agreed procedures
Provide leadership to the office administration team to ensure the provision of efficient and professional administration functions
Provide leadership to the Site Manager, as well as working with the Estates team in Central Office, to ensure that all areas of the Academy estates, asset management and facilities management are well led and maintained
Ensure that the Academy is fully compliant with legislation and the Group Health and Safety Policy and Procedures
Ensure that the Academy has an effective Marketing and Communications Plan which retains both the United Learning brand and the distinctive local Academy brand
Provide leadership to the ICT Network Manager, as well as working with the central office Technology Business Partner and central office Technology team, to support each Academy in making the best and most efficient use of information technology

Working for us

Walthamstow Academy opened its impressive new building in 2006 and since then we have achieved excellent results both at GCSE and at A-Level. In 2017, Walthamstow Academy students achieved a Progress 8 score of 0.44 (which is in the top 18% of schools nationally). At A-Level, our students achieve excellently with many of them progressing to Russell Group institutions. Because we are so successful, the school is now full and oversubscribed on first choices alone.

We do not achieve these results by accident. At Walthamstow Academy, we believe in the best in everyone. We have a relentless focus on high expectations and aim to identify barriers to success and provide necessary support as quickly as possible to ensure our students achieve. We do not accept excuses and always strive for the best.

The Academy is proud of its multi-cultural character and we celebrate the diversity of heritage in our community. 84% of our students are from minority ethnic groups, many coming from African, Caribbean, Eastern European, Turkish and Pakistani communities.

Within the community served by the academy there is social and economic disadvantage with more than half of the students being eligible for Pupil Premium. One third of the students have a first language other than English and a significant number have low levels of literacy on entry. Many students enter the Academy with low levels of attainment and the staff work hard to add value to their performance. Standards across the Academy are above national averages in most subjects.

The Academy is located close to the North Circular Road, M11 and both Blackhorse Road and Walthamstow Central underground stations from where it takes about half an hour to get into central London. The Academy is situated in a part of London where property prices are still relatively inexpensive and within easy access of Epping Forest, the Lee Valley and rural Hertfordshire and Essex.

Walthamstow Academy has achieved the CPLD Gold Award in recognition of our investment in professional development, because we know that without our wonderful staff, what we have achieved would not be possible, so thank you for your interest in coming to work with us. It starts with someone like you believing you can contribute further to our community.