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School business manager

School business managers are responsible for both the day-to-day and strategic running of a school.

Potential salary

£25,000 to £65,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

35 to 39 a week

  • leadership skills
  • business management skills
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • maths and financial skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • knowledge of human resources and employment law
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently


  • advise the headteacher and governors on financial policy
  • plan how to spend and control the budget and reduce costs
  • order goods and services and pay suppliers and contractors
  • pay salaries
  • keep accounts for inspection
  • report to the headteacher, governors, and local authority and government departments

Your other day-to-day duties may include:

  • recruiting, training and managing school support staff
  • managing school building maintenance
  • handling contracts and tenders for services
  • making sure school security and health and safety policies are followed
  • developing the school's marketing and communications strategy
  • managing the school's administrative systems

You could work in an office, at a school or at a college.

You could develop your career by moving to a larger school or college with a bigger budget. You could also move into financial or educational management with a local authority.

You can get more advice about working as a school business manager from the Institute of School Business Leadership and Skills for Schools.

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