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Head of Business Operations

Sherborne Area Schools' TrustDorset

Head of Business Operations 

Start Date:  As soon as possible

Closing Date:  9am, Tuesday 7th December 2021

Interviews:  w/b 13th December 2021

Salary: Grade 14 (Pending evaluation)

Contract: Permanent (subject to successful probation period)

Thank you for your interest in the post of Head of Business Operations. This is an exciting new position, and the successful candidate will join the SAST Executive team in shaping the organisation as we continually strive to deliver our vision and values throughout our family schools. SAST is a strong and ambitious Trust of both primary and secondary schools seeking to ensure an excellent and sustainable 0-19 education for children within our community across West and North Dorset as well as South Somerset. The Trust now consists of 5000 children and over 850 staff working in our 17 schools and shared services teams.


This is an exciting period in the growth of the Trust’s and its development. We are looking to appoint an exceptional colleague to lead on our business operations as we consolidate our recent growth and prepare for the future. 

The successful candidate will:

  • Promote and support the vision, values and aims of the Trust
  • Be committed to partnership, collaboration and excellent teamwork
  • Have proven experience and expertise in most of the knowledge, skills and understanding detailed in the job description
  • Be customer-focused and understand how schools and MATs operate
  • Be highly resilient, with relentless determination to succeed and drive change
  • Have excellent communication skills 
  • Use resources, intellect, creativity and innovation to be successful
  • Have high expectations, an interest in education and want to make a difference

Our values and ethos focus on developing a love of learning, high achievement both personally and academically which comes from the tremendous work of all our staff and the great achievements of our children.

The Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust includes schools across Dorset and South Somerset from Sherborne to Shaftesbury and Wincanton. Our area is one of the best areas to live in Britain offering something for everyone. Sherborne is a centre of excellence for education and has been described as ‘one of the most drop-dead-gorgeous towns in the country’ and having the feel of ‘a small cathedral city’. There are easy road and direct rail links to London, Bath, Bristol, Exeter and the glorious Dorset coast and countryside.

 We will also offer an excellent package:

  • A competitive salary; (Grade 14 £46-52k per annum subject to experience)
  • 30 days annual leave + Bank Holidays 
  • Access to an excellent contributory Pension Scheme
  • Access to continuous professional development opportunities
  • On-site nursery provision at some of our academies
  • A strong MAT with a clear sense of shared moral purpose and a real opportunity to transform the lives of young people

You are warmly encouraged to get in touch prior to application to discuss the position. Our Head of HR, Catherine Watson is available to have an informal discussion with interested applicants about the role. Please contact her on 07805959044 or at You are also most welcome to visit the Trust.

For a recruitment pack and online application form, please visit the trust website:

Safeguarding responsibilities associated with this role will not include engagement in regulatory activity. It will have minimal contact with young people on a day-to day basis. SAST is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will have to meet the person specification and the post is subject to safeguarding checks, including an enhanced DBS check and Children’s Barred List check. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. 

Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust (SAST) recognises the benefit of having a diverse workforce and is committed to building a workforce which reflects diversity from the communities it serves. SAST values the contributions from all staff from a wide range of different backgrounds and actively seeks to promote an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment and at the same time supports fair promotion and cultural acceptance. Under the provision of the Equality Act 2010 SAST welcomes applications from everyone and operates a recruitment process which is fair and does not discriminate against or disadvantage anyone because of their age, disability, gender reassignment status, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race or nationality, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.   

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