Working at Wycombe Abbey

Wycombe Abbey is an exceptional place for our pupils to learn and our staff to work. Working here you will be part of a world class school and community of 420 staff and 660 pupils. We are committed to encouraging curiosity, bold ideas, innovation, leadership and delight in learning – not just in the pupils, but in our staff body too, both teaching and support staff. We are looking for people who can bring new ideas, a passion for their area of expertise, skills and enthusiasm that will enrich our community as well as encourage our pupils to do their best.

Life at Wycombe Abbey goes beyond the job title. We encourage staff to be fully involved in School life and offer a rewarding working environment, generous employee benefits package, continuous professional development and an emphasis on staff wellbeing throughout your time with us. Whether you are a member of the teaching staff, House staff or support staff, you will be part of the whole team at Wycombe Abbey. Everyone at School plays their part in inspiring our pupils to strive for ambitious goals and to recognise that they can make a positive difference in the world, now and in the future.

Please watch the film above to find out more about working at Wycombe Abbey.

 

Wycombe Abbey is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with their past employer and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Current Vacancies

Situated on 170 acres of beautiful Buckinghamshire parkland, Wycombe Abbey is a world-class boarding school for girls. Wycombe Abbey currently educates around 660 pupils ages 11-18, the vast majority of whom are full boarders. The School aims to encourage the development of each individual’s talents in academic, creative, physical, and social skills in a happy, fulfilling, and caring community.

Wycombe Abbey now seeks an experience Director of Finance to support the Bursar and Governing Council in the financial management of the School and to lead and oversee the financial functions of the School, its four subsidiary companies, and two trusts. The Director of Finance will lead and manage a team of six Finance and Payroll staff and five School Shop staff and will have considerable responsibility for supporting all areas of the school with financial guidance and oversight. They will be responsible for conducting modelling and feasibility studies, ensuring financial systems and controls are efficient and effective, preparing long-term forecasting and sensitivity analysis, and represent the Finance Department at the Finance and General Purposes Committee of the Governing Council.

The successful candidate will be ACA, ACCA, or CIMA-qualified with substantial post-qualification experience. They will bring strong technical and commercial knowledge and a successful track record of leading and developing a finance team in the commercial, educational, or charity sectors. The successful candidate will ideally have experience of working in an organisation of a similar scale to Wycombe Abbey (c. £30m turnover) and will have the proven ability to work as part of an operational leadership team to support colleagues with financial management and planning. They will have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and a genuine commitment to Wycombe Abbey’s aims and ethos.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to Wycombe Abbey on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference FWAAD. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Friday, 7 January 2022.

Teacher of Geography

Fixed-Term Contract

April 2022 to August 2023

Wycombe Abbey is a full boarding school which provides an outstanding all-round education for girls aged 11 to 18.

This is an exciting opportunity for an inspirational and dynamic geographer to join a thriving department.  We are seeking a well-qualified, enthusiastic and able graduate to teach Geography throughout the School.  This post would suit either a Newly Qualified Teacher or an experienced teacher.  Full support and mentoring is given to those new to the profession.  Geography is a flourishing subject at Wycombe Abbey, with many girls going on to study related degree courses.  The department runs a wide range of extra-curricular activities for girls of all ages and a variety of field trips at home and abroad.

Wycombe Abbey has its own salary scale which is well above that of the maintained sector. Rental accommodation may be available.

Please complete an application form and submit this, together with a covering letter, to the Headmistress, Mrs J Duncan by emailing the Senior Human Resources Officer, Miss K Scorer: scorerk@wycombeabbey.com.

Please apply as soon as possible. Suitable applicant may be interviewed and appointed upon receipt of application.

Wycombe Abbey is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

We are an equal opportunities employer. Registered Charity No. 310638

Applicant Details - Teacher of Geography Fixed Term

Application Form for Academic Staff

MIS Manager

52 weeks per year

Wycombe Abbey is a full boarding School which provides an outstanding all-round education for girls aged 11 to 18.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced MIS Manager to take overall responsibility of data integrity and efficient data processing within the iSAMS database and other associated School systems, ensuring that the management information systems are developed to meet the needs of the School. The MIS Manager will be accountable for ensuring all users of the system are fully trained and will have the support of the MIS Assistant who will be responsible for efficient data processing within the iSAMS database and other associated School systems, monitoring of pupil registration throughout the school day, ensuring report publishing to parents runs smoothly, supporting the Head of Compliance with data administration, management of the parent-teacher meeting booking system and any other duties to support the management of school data.

The successful candidate will have thorough working knowledge of school database software, effective communication skills both verbally and in writing, a high level of accuracy and attention to detail, the ability to prioritise, work methodically and remain calm under pressure. Prior experience of iSAMS and SQL Report Writing is an advantage.

Hours: 09:00 – 17:30 Monday to Friday, 52 weeks per year. Some flexibility is required as there will be the need to work occasional evenings to support parent-teacher meetings.

Please complete an application form and submit this, together with a covering letter, to the Bursar, Mr Mark Mackenzie Crooks by emailing the Senior HR Officer, Miss K Scorer scorerk@wycombeabbey.com.

Closing date for applications: 17 January 2022*

*Early applications are encouraged. We reserve the right to close this vacancy early, should a suitable candidate be appointed before the closing date.

Wycombe Abbey is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

We are an equal opportunities employer. Registered Charity No. 310638

MIS Manager - Job Description

Application Form - Support Staff

MIS Assistant

34 weeks per year

Wycombe Abbey is a full boarding School which provides an outstanding all-round education for girls aged 11 to 18.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced MIS Assistant to work alongside the MIS Manager to ensure data integrity and efficient data processing within the iSAMS database and other associated School systems. Duties will include management of iSAMS data entry, monitoring of pupil registration throughout the school day, ensuring report publishing to parents runs smoothly, supporting the Head of Compliance with data administration, management of the parent-teacher meeting booking system and any other duties to support the management of school data.

The successful candidate will have working knowledge of database software, effective communication skills both verbally and in writing, a high level of accuracy and attention to detail, the ability to prioritise, work methodically and remain calm under pressure. Prior experience of iSAMS is an advantage.

Hours: 08:00 – 16:30 Monday to Friday, 34 weeks per year (Wycombe Abbey term time plus two weeks before the start of the Autumn Term to assist with timetabling.) Some flexibility is required as there will be the need to work occasional evenings to support parent-teacher meetings.

Please complete an application form and submit this, together with a covering letter, to the Bursar, Mr Mark Mackenzie Crooks by emailing the Senior HR Officer, Miss K Scorer scorerk@wycombeabbey.com.

Closing date for applications: 17 January 2022

Early applications are encouraged. We reserve the right to close this vacancy early, should a suitable candidate be appointed before the closing date.

Wycombe Abbey is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

We are an equal opportunities employer. Registered Charity No. 310638

MIS Assistant Job Description

Application Form - Support Staff

Sports Centre Recreational Assistant

52 weeks per year

Wycombe Abbey is a girls’ independent boarding school in the centre of High Wycombe with its own sports centre on the 160-acre site. We are currently seeking a Recreational Assistant for the School Davis Sports Centre.

The state-of-the-art sports centre includes: 25metre 6-lane swimming pool, large sports hall, gymnasium/dance studio, four glass-backed squash courts, fitness suite, climbing wall, café, seminar room, changing rooms, offices and plant rooms. Our facilities are primarily for use by the school community, with some commercial use during school holidays.

This is a varied role which includes providing general support to the PE department, preparing and supporting lessons, manning reception, answering general queries, managing pool plant tasks and providing lifeguarding as required.

The candidate for this exciting opportunity will ideally have had previous experience in the leisure industry and possess a strong interest in sport. A National Pool Lifeguard Qualification is essential. Pool Plant experience is advantageous.

The role offers excellent opportunities to gain broad leisure experience and develop a career within the industry.

Hours: This is a full-time role for 52 weeks a year working 40 hours per week on a flexible rota basis, including some evenings and weekends.

Salary up to £21,000

Please complete an application form and submit this by emailing the HR Officer via winnl@wycombeabbey.com.

Closing date: 13 December 2021*

*Early applications are encouraged. We reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than stated should we source a suitable candidate before the closing date.

Wycombe Abbey is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

We are an equal opportunities employer. Registered Charity No. 310638

Sports Centre Recreational Assistant - Job Description

Application Form - Support Staff

Custodian

Wycombe Abbey is a world-class school operating at the cutting edge of educational excellence. With its distinctive heritage, magnificent 170-acre campus and impressive resources, the School provides an outstanding education for 650 girls aged 11-18.

We are currently looking for two persons to join our team of Custodians to provide an effective and professional security service to the School in order to protect all pupils, employees, residents and visitors, as well as the Estate and it’s property.

 

The Custodians work on a shift rota that operates 7 days per week, 52 weeks per year, so flexibility with early, late, and weekend shifts is imperative.

The ideal candidate will have previous experience within a security, law enforcement or military role, possess excellent communication skills, be highly organised, self-motivated, customer-focused.

Our Custodians should have a polite, friendly and helpful manner, with the ability to adapt and thrive within a varied, and sometimes physically demanding role.

Strong IT skills and familiarity of CCTV and ANPR would be beneficial.

A driving licence is essential. A current SIA Licence and First Aid at Work Certificate are required, or a willingness to be trained to obtain these qualifications.

Benefits include:

  • Competitive, pro-rata salary
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Free meals and free parking
  • Use of the School’s excellent sporting facilities and swimming pool

To Apply: Further details can be found on the website www.wycombeabbey.com. Please complete an application form for Support Staff and email it together with a cover letter to the HR Officer:  winnl@wycombeabbey.com.

Closing date: Friday 17 December 2021

Early applications are encouraged. We reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than stated should we source a suitable candidate before the closing date.

Wycombe Abbey is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

We are an equal opportunities employer. Registered Charity No. 310638

Application Form - Support Staff

Custodian

Performing Arts Centre Weekend Supervisor

32 weeks per year

Wycombe Abbey is a full boarding School which provides an outstanding all-round education for girls aged 11 to 18.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a thriving Performing Arts Centre team and provide a professional supervisory service for pupils whilst they participate in Music and Drama activities during the weekends. Duties will include being a visible presence in the Performing Arts Centre, ensuring pupils are registered, providing front of house support when weekend events are taking place, and ensuring that the Performing Arts Centre is well maintained and a safe place for pupils to be in.

The successful candidate will have the ability to build good, professional relationships with young people and the Performing Arts Centre staff, have a positive customer service approach, and promote the high level of safeguarding culture of Wycombe Abbey. Prior experience of working with children would be an advantage.

Hours: 12:00 – 20:00 on Saturday, 10:00 – 18:00 on Sunday during term time. There may be additional paid ad hoc work on occasional week day evenings or during the School holidays if there are events or commercial lettings taking place. Meals are provided on Saturday evening and Sunday lunchtime during term time.

Please complete an application form and submit this, together with a covering letter, to the Director of Music, Mr Stefan Reid by emailing the Senior HR Officer, Miss K Scorer scorerk@wycombeabbey.com.

Closing date for applications: 10 December 2021*

*Early applications are encouraged. We reserve the right to close this vacancy early, should a suitable candidate be appointed before the closing date.

Wycombe Abbey is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

We are an equal opportunities employer. Registered Charity No. 310638

Performing Arts Centre Weekend Supervisor - Job Description

Application Form - Support Staff

Our People

Every member of staff at Wycombe Abbey contributes towards the School’s thriving community and aims to provide a world class education for our pupils. Please click below to meet our staff.

Mr Asad Rashid

I have worked at Wycombe Abbey for over 10 years. Being at the front of the School I get the opportunity to meet and greet staff, pupils and visitors every day as well as patrolling our beautiful site.

Miss Katie Tyler

I joined Wycombe Abbey as a Resident Tutor, straight after graduating from university. I then moved to the Development Office and I now work on alumnae publications and events where I enjoy gathering content and telling stories from our alumnae body. My favourite part of the job is developing relationships with Wycombe Abbey Seniors and seeing the lasting impact that their time at the School has had on their personal and professional lives.

Mr Stefan Reid

Working with Wycombe girls is always a collaboration in the best possible sense: they are proactive, involved, questioning and clearly relish academic challenges. Joining this School was joining a community; the School is working hard to support staff; staff wellbeing is given high priority and there are interesting opportunities for professional development through the year.

Ms Krutika Sunil

It has been a dream come true to work at a school like Wycombe Abbey. The opportunities the pupils get are great and it has been amazing. I feel really looked after. I recently completed my MA which Wycombe Abbey partly funded and the Staff Wellbeing committee at School has gone above and beyond to make us feel valued and appreciated!

Miss Ruby Smith

This is my sixth year at Wycombe Abbey having started my teaching career here as an NQT. I am an International Lacrosse Player and have been fortunate enough to represent England in one Junior and two Senior World Championships and three European Championships. I love imparting my Lacrosse knowledge to the girls and seeing them progress through their School careers.

Mr Dan Davy

I have worked at Wycombe Abbey for three years and am responsible for the upkeep of the Grounds. Every day is different and I have a great team around me. We have a lovely community feel across the School and I feel privileged to work in such a fantastic setting.

Ms Claire Flynn

My Wycombe journey began in September 2018 as an NQT and as an Assistant Housemistress. Through the support and guidance I received at Wycombe Abbey, I passed my NQT and progressed to become the Housemistress of Airlie House. I feel very privileged to work in such a beautiful School with motivated and inquisitive pupils. Working in a community like Wycombe Abbey is inspiring.

Ms Avani Hurribunce

I have worked at Wycombe Abbey since September 2014 and have held a variety of pastoral roles. Wycombe Abbey creates an environment which provides opportunities for our pupils to learn integrity, self-confidence and resilience. The School is keen to foster an inclusive culture where both staff and pupils appreciate different cultures.

Employee Benefits

Wycombe Abbey is a welcoming and vibrant community for all staff. Set in 170 acres of parkland, it is a beautiful countryside setting within a five-minute walk into the town of High Wycombe.

Living in High Wycombe or the surrounding area has its benefits. There are outstanding grammar schools, London is within easy reach with the fast train to Marylebone taking just 24 minutes. Oxford and Bicester Village are within 30 miles, with a new direct train link and Heathrow is just 20 miles away plus good transport links to the other London airports.

We have a focus on staff wellbeing at Wycombe Abbey with the Wellbeing Committee chaired by our Headmistress, Mrs Jo Duncan. The Wycombe Abbey Community Association works in partnership with the Wellbeing Committee to organise staff events on a regular basis, which are well attended. Events and activities have included time-out events, a walking club and a cook-a-long with our Head Chef.

A summary of employee benefits are listed below:

Employee pension scheme Death in service cover
Professional training and development opportunities Free school meals
Free use of the Davies Sports Centre Fee remission for eligible daughters
Free parking on site Employee Assistance Programme
Cycle to work scheme Wellbeing programme
170 acres of beautiful grounds CPD Library
School plays, concerts and shows for staff to enjoy Competitive salaries
Opportunities to visit our sister schools in Asia Private Healthcare Scheme