Director of Finance

Welcome from the Principal

Sara Russell, Principal

Welcome to the website for the recruitment of the Director of Finance for Peter Symonds College. I am delighted that you are considering applying for the position. The purpose of this introduction is to provide you with a brief insight into the College, to help you understand our mission, ethos and values.

The College exists to provide excellent outcomes for its students not only in their academic work but also in the wide range of enrichment activities that it offers. Academic progress for students (value-added) is good whilst the pastoral support offered to students is extremely impressive. The College’s financial position is sound despite the challenges of the current levels of funding for 16-19 education. The College’s sites are attractive and well maintained; several fine new buildings have been opened in recent years, and we are ambitious in our vision for the future. All of this, of course, could not be achieved without the dedication and commitment of the College staff whose efforts have been recognised repeatedly by Ofsted and other bodies. At the core of everything we do as a College is our motto, "Counting in Ones", meaning that we strive to ensure our students are truly valued as individuals.

The College enjoys a strong national reputation but we are not complacent. We are looking for a senior colleague to join us who shares that passion and drive and wants to make a significant contribution and a real difference to the life of the organisation. That means we are looking for an exceptional individual to join the College’s Senior Management Team. It is a rare opportunity for a finance expert to keep that expertise at the heart of their role whilst also having involvement in wider College matters and senior, strategic decision making.

With the retirement in August 2019 of the current post holder, we are looking to appoint a senior manager who is not only a highly skilled, qualified and experienced accountant but who also puts the interests of our students at the heart of what they do. If you believe that you have the necessary skills, vision and ambition to join our highly ambitious and creative Senior Management Team then I would encourage you to apply.

Sara Russell Signature

Sara Russell,
Principal