Head of HR, Reading

Closing date:Expiring soon

The Abbey School ReadingReading

Date posted:
Start date: January 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £50,000 to £55,000
Contract term: Permanent



The Head of Human Resources coordinates and manages the implementation of all staff services, policies, and programmes; reporting to the Head of Finance and Resources, assisting and advising the Executive Board and Senior Leadership Team Members on Human Resources issues and strategic development. 


● The Head has overall responsibility for all employees of The Abbey School and this is delegated to Heads of Departments

● This post is within the Human Resources Department and the post-holder is directly accountable to the Head of Finance and Resources

● The post-holder will be directly responsible for three members of staff

Skills and person specification

● Broad knowledge of, and experience in, employee relations, employment law, compliance, risk management, remuneration, training and professional development, health and safety, organisational planning

● Good oral and written communication skills

● Excellent interpersonal and coaching skills

● The ability to participate in senior management debate and decision making, advising the Head/Exec on HR issues

● The ability to interact effectively with all staff at all levels

● Excellent computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment. Must include Excel and skills in database management and record keeping. 

● The ability to hold a high level of confidentiality  

● Excellent organisational skills

Qualifications and experience

● CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development) qualified is desirable

● Experience in Human Resources Management

● School/Education sector experience advantageous

● Active affiliation with appropriate Human Resources networks and organisations, and ongoing community involvement preferred  

For specific responsibilities please see full job description.

Hours of work

● This is a senior full-time role

● The seniority of this appointment may mean that on occasions the post holder may be required to work ‘out of hours’ as necessary for the proper performance of their duties, to meet essential deadlines and contribute to whole school events. These events are an inclusive element of the role and do not attract overtime payment or TOIL but are accommodated within the salary on offer

● This is a whole school role and a flexible attitude to working hours is essential as you will be required to work 'out of hours work' from time to time.

● There will be a probationary period of six months during which one months notice is required by either party.  Thereafter the notice period will be 3 months 

Salary and Benefits

● In the region of £50-55k dependent on skills and experience. Staff are paid monthly and in arrears

● The School offers a non-contributory pension scheme worth 8.35% of salary, which is available to all eligible employees

● Lunches are provided daily with no charge

● Staff fee concession is available to employees’ daughters who satisfy the entrance requirements and for whom there is a place available.

● Parking is normally available, but not guaranteed.

● 25 days booked holiday per year; holidays to be agreed with the Head beforehand

● 4 concessionary days to be taken at the school’s discretion (usually at Christmas)

Equal Opportunities

The Abbey School aims to promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of qualifications and abilities, talent, personal qualities, skills and potential.  The Abbey School welcomes applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds and personal circumstances.  A detailed Equal Opportunities policy is available on request.


The Abbey is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and as an employee of The Abbey you are expected to share this commitment.  The protection of our students’ welfare is the responsibility of all staff within The Abbey School and individuals are expected to conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of our organisation.


Under current legislation, we are required to advise applicants that this appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced disclosure.  Details of any criminal record (spent or unspent, due to exemption from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) must be disclosed at interview.  Only relevant convictions and other information will be taken into account so disclosure need not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a position at this School.  For further information, contact the Disclosure and Barring Service on 0870 9090 811 or visit the Disclosure website at www.disclosuresdbs.co.uk. 

For more information on our lively and well-resourced school please visit our website www.theabbey.co.uk.  

To apply for this position, please visit our website and go onto the recruitment portal (work for us section) to complete an online application form in full, including details of suitable referees as instructed.  Please also attach a CV and covering letter.  If you have any queries or work like any further information, please contact us at recruitment@theabbey.co.uk.


Closing date: Friday, 22nd November 2019

Suitable applicants may be invited to Interview before the closing date.

If your skills and experience are suitable for the role we will be in touch shortly.  If you have not heard from us by the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.

More about The Abbey School Reading
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Denomination: Christian
Address: 17 Kendrick Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5DZ, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 118 9872256
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The Abbey is a vibrant and welcoming community of almost 1,070 girls aged 3-18 years. Academic excellence is achieved in an environment that is diverse, inclusive and energetic, while an exceptional extra-curricular programme enables girls to develop...