Thank you for your interest in joining our staff at Withington Girls’ School. We seek to recruit well-qualified and enthusiastic staff with a passion for their area of expertise. Working at Withington provides an outstanding opportunity to teach, or to support the teaching of, highly-motivated, able students in a stimulating, friendly and supportive environment.

All future positions will be posted here on the website, in the appropriate press and on external recruitment websites. Any enquiries regarding academic appointments may be made to our HR Manager Mrs Lena Ledson by email to or by calling 0161 224 1077.

Current job opportunities at Withington are as follows

Bursar and Clerk to the Governors

HR Administrator

Bursar and Clerk to the Governors

Required by AUGUST 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter
The closing date for applications is 10.00am on Tuesday 2nd March 2021.

Withington Girls’ School is a leading independent day school for 725 girls aged 7-18. Located in Fallowfield, just three miles south of Manchester’s city centre, the School operates from a single site.

The School’s academic results are consistently outstanding and in 2020 The Sunday Times’ schools guide, Parent Power, named Withington the North West Independent School of the Decade. The School prides itself on being small enough to allow the individual development of all girls, and its inspiring ethos enables every pupil to reach her full potential in a warm, friendly and supportive environment.

The Headmistress and Governors are seeking to appoint a highly motivated, dynamic and business-minded individual to succeed the current Bursar who is retiring in August 2021. This is an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal role in the continued success and development of this thriving independent school.

Reporting to the Headmistress, the Bursar is a critical member of the Senior Leadership Team and plays a vital role in the School’s strategic planning. The Bursar also fulfils the role of Clerk to the Governors. The post holder will be responsible for the effective leadership and management of the day-to-day non-educational operations of the School, including finance, estates, facilities, compliance and all commercial activities.

The successful candidate will be an individual of proven leadership ability; a strategic thinker and will possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Exceptional financial acumen and robust commercial judgement will be essential, as will an ability to establish highly effective, collaborative relationships with Governors and colleagues at all levels. Existing school Bursar experience is not a pre-requisite.

For further information about the role and details of how to apply, please visit

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics to arrange a confidential discussion about the role:

Nina Lambert: or call her on 07764 185745

Withington Girls’ School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The appointment is subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks in accordance with the relevant statutory guidance, including an enhanced DBS check, satisfactory references, proof of identity and qualifications, and a satisfactory medical report. 

HR Administrator – Part Time

Monday to Friday 10:00am to 2:30pm, term time only plus 2 weeks
Closing date: 9am Monday 15th March 2021

Withington Girls’ School, The Sunday Times’ North West Independent School of the Decade 2021, is looking for an experienced administrator to work alongside the Head of HR.

The post holder will need to be tactful, articulate, compassionate and flexible.  The successful candidate will work well as part of a team but must also be able to work on their own initiative.

If you are IT literate, highly organised have an interest in Human Resources and its processes, then we would like to hear from you.

This will be a part-time role, working Monday to Friday 10:00am to 2:30pm, term time only plus 2 weeks to be working during holiday time at the direction of the Head of HR.

Withington operates its own salary scale.

If you would like to apply for the role of HR administrator, you will need to complete the School’s application form and submit along with a covering letter to:

Mrs Lena Ledson
Head of HR

Only applications using the School’s application form will be considered.


HR Administrator Recruitment Pack

Application Form

Withington Girls’ School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

More Information about the School


Withington Girls’ School was founded in 1890 by a small group of eminent and far-sighted Manchester families who wanted the same educational opportunities to be available for their daughters as were already available to their sons. In keeping with the Founders’ wishes, the School has remained relatively small, with approximately 720 pupils; 155 in the Junior School (Years 3 – 6), 410 in the Senior School (Years 7 – 11) and 155 in the Sixth Form. The Head of Withington Girls’ School is a member of both the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) and the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC).

Public examination results consistently place Withington amongst the top schools in the UK. In 2019, our pupils were awarded 93% grades A*, A or B at A Level, with 32% overall being at A*. At GCSE, 90% of all papers taken were awarded the top 9 to 7 or A** to A grades. Sixth Formers leave to study a wide range of degree courses at leading universities in the UK and overseas. The Sutton Trust reported in 2012 that Withington was the second most successful school (state or independent) in the country for placing students in the 30 most selective UK universities over the previous three years. Results in A-Level and GCSE examinations have seen Withington ranked consistently in national league tables as the top girls’ independent school in the North West of England.

Academic excellence is secured alongside an extensive range of extracurricular opportunities, including Music, Drama, Sport, Mathematics, Linguistics and Science Olympiads, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Young Enterprise Scheme, Model United Nations, Debating and Robotics Clubs, to name but a few. Sixth Formers work as voluntary assistants in local primary schools, a centre for severely disabled children, residential homes, hospices and hospitals. All girls, throughout the School, engage in charity fundraising, collectively raising £32,000 in 2018-19. There are special links with Barnardo’s, two schools and a hospital in Kenya and a school in Uganda. Groups of Upper Sixth Formers engage in voluntary projects in The Gambia and Uganda each year and pupils take part annually in World Challenge, or similar, expeditions. Academic departments offer subject-related trips and activities in addition to cultural trips at home and overseas.

Pupils come from a wide geographical area around the Manchester locality, and from many different social, cultural and religious backgrounds, creating a diversity in which the School rejoices. The School is non-denominational and girls of all faiths, or none, are equally welcome. Through the Withington Girls’ School Trust, up to 100 means-tested bursaries are offered each year according to need. The Governing Body is strategically focused and highly supportive of all areas of the School.

The forward-looking development programme has, over the last ten years, provided a new Sixth Form Centre together with six new classrooms (which were opened in May 2009), a refurbished Art Room (opened in 2012) and a number of new facilities opened in September 2015 including a purpose-built Junior School, an expanded and re-equipped suite of Chemistry laboratories, a Design Technology workroom and a central ‘Hub’ which provides exhibition and social space for pupils as well as facilitating access to all the School’s main buildings. Last year, a brand-new Sport & Fitness Centre was completed. Officially opened by Dame Sarah Storey DBE, the new facility provides an expanded area for sports and PE; viewing galleries; a large fitness suite; a ‘mind and body’ studio and a welcoming reception and hospitality area. This year, the netball courts and all-weather pitch have been resurfaced to a high specification, bringing Withington’s sports facilities to an excellent standard across all areas. A new outdoor activity space has provided an innovative facility that will benefit fitness, wellbeing and social interaction for Senior pupils.

The Development Office has strong links with alumnae as well as former and current parents and staff and has been successful in raising substantial amounts for the Bursary Appeal, for the new Chemistry laboratories and for an Annual Fund which enables enrichment activities for current pupils. Withington Onwards (the past pupils’ association) and the Parent Teacher Association are active in, and committed to, supporting the School socially and financially. There are also close links with the local community including, for example, a range of Saturday morning lessons run by the School for gifted and talented boys and girls from local primary schools under the SHiNE programme.


The excellent quality of teaching is a major factor in the exceptional level of achievement secured by pupils, both within and outside the classroom. Staff are eager to share their passion and enthusiasm for their subjects and give willingly of their time to assist individual pupils outside lesson times; the relationship between pupils and staff is a particular strength of the School. The School has little need for formal rules and runs on ‘the 3 Rs’ of Respect for self, Respect for others, and Responsibility for personal actions and its pupils thrive within the warm, friendly and supportive environment. At home or abroad, Withington girls attract positive comments and we are just as proud of them as they are of their School.


Withington Girls’ School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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