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Bursar, Birkdale School

Following the decision of the current Bursar, David Taylor, to retire after 27 years of outstanding service to Birkdale, the Governors and the Head are looking to recruit his successor. The Bursar is responsible for much of the non-educational activity at the School, ensuring that the School operates smoothly on a day to day basis. The Bursar also supports the Governing Body and Head in developing and implementing strategy, and plays a significant leadership role in the development and implementation of the School’s financial and commercial strategy.


Birkdale is in a sound financial position and is looking to commence a decade of development of the Senior School.  The School is gradually expanding its number of full fee-paying pupils in part as a result of the recent decision to welcome girls to all years.  It is therefore an exciting time to join Birkdale, with a significant opportunity to make a vital contribution to the School’s medium and longer-term plans.


The Bursar will report to the Head, Peter Harris, and be part of the combined Senior Leadership Team of the Senior School and Prep School. The post holder will also have a dotted reporting line to the Chair of Governors on financial matters and longer-term strategic planning, and as ‘Clerk to the Governors’ will have significant exposure to the workings of the governing body, the School’s board of trustee-directors. 


Applications from existing bursars or those who have had relevant experience in a different sector are welcome. In addition to relevant experience, candidates must be evidently enthusiastic about the opportunity of joining a thriving and diverse day school and becoming a key part of its family community.


Birkdale School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. Offers of appointment are subject to an enhanced DBS check.



Candidate pack


Application form - to be completed


Birkdale School 


To apply please send an application form, CV and cover letter of no more than two pages, addressed to Mr Peter Harris, the Head, to by no later than 12.00 noon on Wednesday 5th January 2022. 


Early applications are encouraged.


For a confidential pre-application conversation please contact Jo Ogilvy or Tom Cheater at


Strong candidates for the role will be asked to have a further conversation with Minerva ahead of a shortlisting meeting in mid-January.


The first round of interviews will take place at Birkdale School on 2nd February 2022 with the second round of interviews taking place at Birkdale School on 9th February 2022.