PA to the Director of Finance and Operations

Closing Date: 30 April 2024
Telephone: +441189713302
Salary: Salary is competitive and will depend on your skills and experience. We are happy to discuss this at your interview.
Employment Term: Part TimePermanent

Boarding and Day Prep School in West Berkshire for boys and girls aged 3-13

Part time, all year round

This is a varied and interesting PA role in which you will provide essential administrative and secretarial support to the Director of Finance and Operations who is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management and effective delivery of the school operational services, including Finance, Estates, Facilities, Health and Safety and operational IT.  You will also be involved in an exciting new project to develop commercial uses of the School’s facilities and wider Estate.  This is an all year round role, ideally based in school, however, flexibility to work from home during the school holidays can be discussed at interview.

Your strong organisational and IT skills, attention to detail, tact, discretion, high levels of initiative coupled with your ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines will ensure the smooth running of the Director of Finance and Operations’ s office; whilst providing an efficient and discreet service to fellow staff members ensuring confidential and sensitive matters are dealt with in the appropriate manner.   Ideally, you will be an experienced PA with school-based experience, although this is not essential.  You should have excellent communication and IT skills, with a knowledge of iSAMS or similar databases being very beneficial.  As we are a semi-rural location, your own transport is advisable.

Set in 150 acres of stunning parkland in rural West Berkshire, Elstree welcomes boys and girls aged 3-13 years.  Originally founded in 1848, it moved to its current location in 1939 and opened its Pre-Prep school in 1993.  It offers boarding, both flexi and weekly, from Year 4 onwards.

Elstree is a close community and we pride ourselves on the very special, warm environment that has evolved since our inception, influenced largely by the family principles of Elstree School. We understand each parent’s desire for their child to feel happy and secure and consider our role in the children’s development and happiness to be a very privileged one. Our committed, energetic and enthusiastic staff look forward to working in partnership with parents throughout their child’s time at Elstree.  All children are valued as individuals and are encouraged to explore and develop their talents to the full.

At Elstree, we are constantly striving to offer the best experience to our pupils and staff. We offer a supportive and professional workplace with excellent terms, conditions and benefits. We seek to inspire each pupil to fulfil their academic and personal potential and to be reflective and purposeful. We aim to appoint candidates who will contribute and thrive in our vibrant community.

To find out more about Elstree and to apply, please download an application pack and email your completed form to

Application form

Candidate Information Pack

Applicants are encouraged to apply at their earliest convenience as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but all applications are to be received by 30th April.  Suitable candidates may be interviewed before the closing date and we reserve the right to withdraw the position if an early appointment is made.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Applicants must undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and Disclosure and Barring Service. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.