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Head of School Property, Places and Admissions

  • Employer: Bracknell Forest Council
  • Reference: JOB00672
  • Published: Wed 15/06/2022, 13:22 PM
  • Closing on: Wed 13/07/2022, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £59,754 - £64,866 per annum plus £637 per annum London Weighting
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Time Square, Bracknell

Do you enjoy a challenge and want to make a difference to schools ensuring continuity and planning, delivering transformational outcomes for children, young people and schools?

We are looking to appoint an experienced Head of School Property, Places & Admissions to lead the Council's approach to school property and admissions.

We're proud of our community. The care we give. The services we provide. The spaces we create. But we're always looking to do more. Which is why we give our people the time, support and resources they need not only to do their job well, but also to help define the way we do things more broadly. There'll always be room for your ideas here. This is about taking ownership. And having the opportunity to learn, develop and progress. Together, we make big things happen (the Lexicon is just one example). But we're also focused on the smaller things that make all the difference. And that's as true for our employees as it is for our residents. So, we have a car park with plenty of spaces (you won't need to worry about where you're going to park - which means more time to focus on your work). We have strong teams and excellent manager relationships. Expert advice is there whenever you need it. Put simply, a career with us means having everything you need to build on your skills. To build better relationships. To build even better communities.

This is your chance to make a lasting impact.


Because we're Bracknell Forest.

What it's like working in our team…

Leading the strategic approach to school property and admissions providing appropriate advice, guidance and support to stakeholders across all directorates and external organisations. Working effectively with key stakeholders across consultation and engagement whilst leading and developing your team.

You will be supported to carry out the following duties, responsibilities and training…

  • Leading the council's strategic approach to school property and admissions, providing appropriate advice, guidance and support to stakeholders, along with vision for planning on school places working with all relevant stakeholders.
  • Working effectively with internal/external stakeholders including other departments, schools, academies, Diocesan Authorities, Education & Learning (E&L) professionals to ensure all are aligned and engaged.
  • Leading and delivering the School Admissions service in accordance with the requirements of the statutory School Admissions Code.
  • Planning for school places in accordance with DfE guidance.
  • Managing the drafting of the annual People directorate capital programme to deliver the Council's capital strategy, collating and writing bids from officers and schools.
  • Updating CAD plans and undertake net capacity assessments of schools to establish school capacities and admission numbers.
  • Responsibility for undertaking the statutory consultation on and setting of school term dates by the Executive Member, to ensure wherever possible that Bracknell Forest's term dates coincide with those of our geographical neighbours.
  • Representing E&L at various internal and external forums and ensure appropriate updates back to the Assistant Director of E&L and wider leadership team.

The benefits you will experience are…

  • An inclusive and social working environment.
  • Flexible working opportunities including a flexi-time scheme.
  • Generous annual leave entitlement.
  • Regular opportunities for development with internal and external training courses.
  • A great office location next to travel links and the regenerated town centre.
  • Internal sports and social club opportunities.
  • Discounted leisure centre and gym membership.
  • Supermarket discount.
  • An interest free loan for a rail season ticket.

What we're looking for…

An individual with proven and successful senior leadership who has previously managed a team. You will demonstrate a strong understanding of budget ownership, managing consultation and capital projects along with a robust knowledge of statutory admission arrangements for schools and property management.

Strong communication skills and ability to influence change are key along with a commitment to transformational change.

You will have a proven ability to analyse and interpret statistical data and advanced problem solving and planning skills. Able to demonstrate an experience of sufficiency planning and strong experience of working successfully with schools.

Interview date

Interviews will be held on 20 July 2022.

Want to ask us a question?

For an informal discussion or to ask any questions about this role.  Please contact:

Cheryl Eyre, Assistant Director Education and Learning


01344 351492

As part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process if a suitable redeployee is identified.

Any candidates wishing to apply who would require sponsorship can determine the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for the role by assessing their circumstances against the relevant criteria.

No agencies please. 

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  • Employer: Bracknell Forest Council
  • Reference: JOB00672
  • Published: Wed 15/06/2022, 13:22 PM
  • Closing on: Wed 13/07/2022, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £59,754 - £64,866 per annum plus £637 per annum London Weighting
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Time Square, Bracknell

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