This term’s staff spotlight features Melanie Sherratt, school business manager at Packmoor Ormiston Academy.
Packmoor Ormiston Academy
School Business Manager
I have worked as a school business manager for the last nine years at Packmoor Ormiston Academy. Packmoor Primary became part of Ormiston Academies Trust in August 2016 and as a member of the senior leadership team and governing body, I was involved in each step of the academy conversion process. I knew from the start that being part of the Ormiston Academies Trust family would provide the best education and enrichment opportunities for our pupils.
The role of a school business manager is key to setting the strategic direction of a school, as a non-teaching member of the senior leadership team, I bring a diverse set of skills including finance, premises, procurement, marketing, recruitment, health and safety and the management of non-teaching staff.
The biggest advantage I have noticed since joining Ormiston Academies Trust, is a better access to resources and provisions for both our pupils and staff, in many different areas, covering academic, extracurricular and operational functions.
The Trust provides inclusive continued professional development opportunities across all of their academies, building staff confidence and credibility. I attend the termly forums for HR, finance, facilities and GDPR and utilise the opportunity to network and share best practice with other operational/school business managers. The specialist support and expertise provided by OAT head office has assisted in strengthening my own skill set and broadening my range of attributes. These skills have been recognised as transferable at a regional level, as in the last 12 months I have provided support and training to new employees in OAT schools within the north and west regions.