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Interim Head of Business and Operations TreeHouse School (Ambitious about Autism)

Join TreeHouse School as its new Interim Head of Business and Operations to spearhead continuous operational/business improvements at this thriving, inclusive school.

  • Location: Muswell Hill, London
  • Salary: £65,000 pro rata (with flexibility for the suitable candidate)

Who we are.

About Ambitious about Autism: our story

At Ambitious about Autism, we are unwavering in our commitment to working with autistic children and young people, advocating for their rights and supporting them to achieve their dreams. We firmly believe that every autistic child and young person has the fundamental right to be themselves and to realise their ambitions.

We are ambitious by name and by ambitious by nature! Starting in 1997 with the opening of TreeHouse School by 4 parents, AaA has become a movement for change.

Today, we run both schools and colleges that focus on improving the quality of life of pupils and learners to enable them to learn, thrive and achieve. In addition, our national services provide information and practical support to autistic young people, run a youth network, an internship programme and actively campaign for policy change.

About TreeHouse School

TreeHouse School is a non-maintained special school for pupils aged 4- 19 with Autism and learning difficulties.

There are currently over 100 pupils on roll supported by approximately 150 staff consisting of qualified teachers, teaching assistants, allied health professionals, positive behaviour support staff and operational staff.

It is a thriving and inclusive community devoted to the education and well-being of autistic children and young people across each of its three distinct curriculum pathways, which are tailored to meet the diverse needs of our pupils: pre-formal, semi-formal, and formal. Each pathway focuses on promoting well-being, independence, and social participation, with a strong emphasis on personalised learning and positive behaviour support.

The school is currently graded ‘Outstanding’ but as we look to maintain our excellence, we are seeking a new Head of Business and Operations to support the Head (2 years in post) to review and drive continuous improvement.

About the role.

The Interim Head of Business and Operations role at TreeHouse School is a critical position tasked with providing comprehensive support to the Headteacher.

Whilst overseeing the financial and operational aspects of the school, your primary focus will be to work collaboratively with the Headteacher on enhancing efficiencies and effectiveness for improved functioning of the school, its infrastructure, and operations — but most importantly for pupil outcomes.

While not directly responsible for staff management, the interim will oversee two operational managers.

The immediate challenge and priority for the interim will be to evaluate the school’s operational model, systems and processes for monitoring areas outlined in the job description and seek ways to streamline these with innovative solutions.

The interim will work with the Headteacher to alleviate the administrative burdens from them but importantly support change management where identified / agreed.

This interim position offers a unique opportunity for a courageous leader to make a significant impact. While initially a 6-month temporary role, there is potential for permanency.

Who we are looking for.

We are seeking an experienced interim professional with background experience and proficiencies in school business management, operations management including management of operational performance and reporting for governance and relationship management (internal and external stakeholders).

The ideal candidate will be proficient in financial management and strategic planning.

Having the ability to work collaboratively within a school leadership team will be essential, and you should have excellent communication skills to engage with diverse stakeholders and drive positive change at Treehouse School.

We are looking for a leader who is confident to tackle challenges head-on and drive continuous improvement.

While familiarity with educational systems and regulations is desirable, it is more important to come with a proactive mindset and a commitment to enhancing operational efficiency.

Peridot Partners and TreeHouse School (Ambitious about Autism) are, together, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and our client expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references before any final offer can be made.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Eddie Caviezel Cox  | eddiec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 920768

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Eddie Caviezel Cox

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Accessibility information

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs and have made some modifications to the way we do business to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Eddie Caviezel Cox  | eddiec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 920768

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 15th April 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Tuesday 16th April 2024
    Interviews: Wednesday 24th April 2024

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