Jane Ward

School Business Manager

Buttsbury Infant School, Billericay

About Me

I started working in School Finance in the secondary sector in 1997 after previously working in the banking sector.

I moved to Primary in September 2013.  I have been at the leading edge of the significant changes to support staff and how their roles have developed since the workforce remodelling started around 2003.

Being passionate about the role of the School Business Manager, the support it can give to teachers and the impact it can have on teaching and learning led me to successfully complete the Certificate in School Business Management and the Diploma in School Business Management.

I have led a number of whole school projects including setting up and managing a School Uniform Shop with online ordering that serviced 1000 pupils to coordinating a Health and Safety system that allowed Heads of Departments to record all aspects of their Health and Safety responsibility.  I also secured funding to refurbish the main school roof and the schools boiler house and after successful project management negotiated funds to install a whole school fire security system.

Working with our Midday and Catering team I managed the implementation of Universal Infant Free School Meals and we now cook over 300 meals a day and have one of the highest meal take up % in the county.  Further work with the Midday team enabled me to develop, implement and monitor a framework to enable them to work consistently across the school.

I have taken the lead with the new GDPR regulations and coordinated its successful implementation.  I have been appointed as the school’s Data Protection Officer.

I have delivered a number of whole school training sessions on Health and Safety and I facilitate the Billericay TSA Primary School Business Manager network meetings.   I have also mentored other Business Managers.

Specialist Areas of Expertise

  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Facilities Management
  • Internal Controls Audit
  • Value for money reviews
  • Support Staff Recruitment
  • Performance Management
  • Project Management
  • Reporting to Governors