Finance Officer

35 hours per week, 40 weeks a year (term time plus two weeks)

Grade 9: WTE £26,470 to £29,055: Actual annual salary £22,443 to £24,635

6.61 paid holidays weeks a year

The Gallery Trust, a Special Multi Academy Trust based in Oxford, wishes to recruit a Finance Officer to provide high quality financial, business and accounting support to schools within The Gallery Trust.

You will be based in the Trust’s Central Services Team, working with an experienced Finance Manager. You will liaise with a range of colleagues in member schools across the county, and will play a vital role in ensuring that we continue to meet our statutory responsibilities and deliver an effective and efficient service. The management of all financial transactions underpins the preparation of monthly and annual accounts, and the finance team strive to provide accurate, timely and reliable reports for all stakeholders. Confidentiality and security of information are important aspects of the role.

You will demonstrate thorough attention to detail, a clear understanding of financial controls, and take a methodical and flexible approach to all areas of your role. You will use financial accounting software to promote the effective day-to-day operation of the finance function and will need to be a proficient user of Microsoft Excel. A professional qualification in accounting, such as AAT, is considered desirable but is not essential. Previous work experience in a finance role would be an advantage.

In return, we can offer you membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme, family-friendly term time working with 6.61 paid holiday weeks a year, free on-site parking, subsidised canteen, and the opportunity to work in an experienced and supportive team in a thriving organisation. There may be some scope to negotiate flexible working hours.

This is an exciting time to join the Trust’s Central Services Team as the Trust is growing rapidly. With 2 schools and a resource base already in the Trust, we anticipate that we will expand to 5 to 8 schools by 2023. You will be based in the first instance at Iffley Academy on the outskirts of Oxford, and the rebuild of the school buildings will commence this year, providing a new, state of the art environment for staff and pupils. The Iffley Academy is an outstanding school, and has recently been awarded Teaching School status.

The Trust is dedicated to improving outcomes for learners with special needs in Oxfordshire, and all staff in our Trust are committed to this aim. If you would like to join us at an important point in our development, and if you are keen to grasp the opportunity to work in a successful and thriving Multi Academy Trust where you can contribute to enhancing the lives of young people with special needs and disabilities, we would be delighted to receive your application. You would be very welcome to visit the academy in advance of submitting an application for an informal discussion.

Application process

To apply for this post, please email recruitment@iffleyacademy.co.uk or telephone 01865 747606 to request an application form and a job pack. You can also download a support staff application form and job pack below:

Please submit your application form by 5pm Tuesday 13 November 2018.

Please ensure you detail any gaps in employment, and use the person specification and selection criteria contained in the job pack when you prepare your application, as shortlisting for interview will be based on how closely you demonstrate your ability to fulfil the essential criteria. If you are shortlisted, we will take up written references before your interview so please provide permission along with phone and email contact details for your referees. One of your referees must be your current or last employer, and if you are employed in a school, must include your current Head Teacher.

The Gallery Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and requires all staff to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), and Occupational Health check. The Gallery Trust is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from candidates from all ethnic and community backgrounds.


Director of SEND and School Improvement

L18 – L22

The Gallery Trust, a Special Multi Academy Trust based in Oxfordshire, wishes to recruit a Director of SEND and School Improvement to work with the Chief Executive Officer to support the improvement of standards of academies in the Trust. The successful candidate will play an integral role in the development of the Trust, bringing vision, enthusiasm, and a commitment to enhancing outcomes for students with SEND.

The Director of SEND and School Improvement will be responsible for the consolidation and improvement of standards and performance in the Trust’s establishments, and will work collaboratively with senior leaders across the Trust. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to initiate and manage positive change and will have a strong track record in improving schools. The Director of SEND and School Improvement will have considerable knowledge of SEND and will have experience at a senior level of working with students with SEND.

The Gallery Trust currently has two academies in its Trust: Iffley Academy, judged as Outstanding in 2015 and awarded Teaching School status in 2018, and Bloxham Grove Academy, a free special school scheduled to open in 2020. The Trust has recently opened a resource base in North Oxfordshire and is in formal negotiations with two Oxfordshire special schools who wish to join the Trust. Further expansion is planned, with the aim of reaching 5 – 8 academies and bases by 2023.

The Gallery Trust has an unrivalled reputation for the quality of its work in the SEND arena, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to have a real impact on the development of SEND strategy in Oxfordshire, and on the outcomes for students within the Trust’s academies.

The role will promote the growth strategy and the strategic objectives of The Gallery Trust by:

  • Providing leadership and guidance to senior leaders in the Trust’s academies as an improvement adviser, delivering high calibre support designed to consolidate and improve educational outcomes
  • Working collaboratively with Head Teachers to improve educational standards of the Trust’s academies, their results and their Ofsted grades.
  • Working collaboratively with the Board of Trustees, Local Governing Bodies, and external networks, including Local Authorities, the Department for Education, and the Regional Schools’ Commissioner to embed the Trust’s position as a core contributor to SEND strategy and provision
  • Contributing to the measured and sustainable growth of the Trust by helping to attract schools to join or be sponsored, and assisting with the induction and integration of new academies into the Trust.

This is an exciting opportunity for a dedicated educationalist to join a creative and innovative Trust at a crucial point in its development. If you are committed to improving outcomes for pupils with SEND, have a strong track record in delivering improvements in schools and are inspired by the prospect of contributing to the development of a successful Multi Academy Trust, we will welcome your application. Please get in touch if you would like to have an informal discussion with the Chief Executive Officer before submitting your application.

Application process

To apply for this post, please email recruitment@iffleyacademy.co.uk or telephone 01865 747606 to request an application form and a job pack. You can also download an application form and job pack below:

Please submit your application form by 5pm on Monday 19 November 2018 by email recruitment@thegallerytrust.co.uk or by post to Recruitment, The Gallery Trust, Iffley Turn, Oxford, OX4 4DU.

Please ensure you detail any gaps in employment, and use the person specification and selection criteria contained in the job pack when you prepare your application, as shortlisting for interview will be based on how closely you demonstrate your ability to fulfil the essential criteria. We do not accept CVs on their own, but by all means include one with your fully completed application form if you wish. If you are shortlisted, we will take up written references before your interview so please provide permission for this along with phone and email contact details for your referees. One of your referees must be your current or last employer, and if you are employed in a school, must include your current Head Teacher.

The Gallery Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and require all staff to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), and Occupational Health check. The Gallery Trust is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all ethnic and community backgrounds.