How to become a School Business Manager

Our career advice page will tell you everything you need to know about becoming a School Business Manager.

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Job Overview

A School Business Manager is responsible for assisting the headteacher/principal and senior leadership team in the day-to-day running of the school. This will include creating marketing and communication strategies and managing the budget to help the school run efficiently.

What qualifications do I need to become a School Business Manager?

  • For a Level 2 School Business Manager course, you may need 2 GCSEs at 9-3 (A*-D)
  • For a Level 3 School Business Manager course, you may need 4 GCSEs at 9-4 (A*-C)
  • For an apprenticeship, you may need 5 GCSEs at 9-3 (A*-C)

Work Hours

35-40 hours a week subject to term times. Some staff work all year round while some take term holidays.


Income varies from £25,000 to £55,000, depending on experience and whether the role is part-time or full-time.

General Duties

Attending meetings Budget management Staff recruitment Develop strategies Ensure procedures are adhered to



April to mid-July

The summer term stretches from the end of the Easter break to mid-July.

It includes a half term week long holiday in late May.

This is usually the busiest time, with later students sitting their GCSE’s.

September to December

The academic school year starts in early September, with the term stretching till Christmas.

The winter term is a half term holiday, usually a week long at the end of October.

Most schools have a 2 week end of term holiday stretching over New Year and Christmas.

January to March/April

This is the spring term and stretches from early January to Easter.

Easter usually falls on a different weekend each year, so the end of term two-week break can be either early April or late March.

This term also included a week-long half term break, usually in mid-February.

Work experience for a School Business Manager

You can gain relevant School Business Manager work experience through working with children, examples of this are:

  • Experience as secretary/school administrator
  • Experience as a manager
  • Experience leading a successful project
  • Business related jobs

Please note you may require a DBS check.

Tip: Make sure the experience is with a similar age group as the children you would be working with as a School Business Manager.

What skills does a School Business Manager need?

You’ll need a range of skills for a School Business Manager role. These include:

  • Excellent communication and listening
  • Ability to remain calm
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to be able to build relationships
  • Leadership
  • Business management skills