“More effective than recruiting Ourselves”

Benefits of a recruitment agency

In an age of increasingly complex school operational functions, where time to hire is vital, the modern independent school needs to be conversant in both the complex skillsets in demand and cutting-edge recruiting techniques, to deliver the best possible outcomes.

Core support staff are the backbone in delivering a quality education experience for those in your ward.

But if you build it, will they come? 

Have you ever posted a job advert only to be disappointed with the response? The few that did apply being unsuitable for the role you  need to fill?

Traditional paper-based advertising is increasingly futile and the online world can make it very difficult to target the right job seekers. Online advertising, as cheap and accessible as it is, will bring you huge amounts of willing and eager candidates. But often few, if any, with the skillsets you require.

Good recruiters are skilled in target advertising and deep searches to attract the right people. They have a vast network of contacts and know which platforms to advertise on, to maximise the flow of suitable candidates and quickly filter unsuitable applicants. We can accurately access prospective often passive, but experienced candidates, with a close match to what the role and organisation requires.

Coupled with that are strong pre-screening skills and the strong compliance adherence. The result is a speedy and accurate search, to deliver the best the market has to offer.


Have you calculated the actual return on investment (ROI) for your school? When your own marketing and recruitment processes have become time-consuming and problematic, unable to source the right skills and in good time, leaving duties unfilled and staff stretched to fill the gaps?

Schools will often contact a specialist agency to assist with their resourcing once they have tried and failed to recruit  themselves.  Yes, there are numerous agencies which can supply teachers, but what about core services roles? How many teaching agencies truly understand the requirement and have access to these highly skilled experienced candidates?

Value added

Education Support Professionals (ESP) have been supplying permanent and temporary core services staff across the UK for over eight years. We remove the burden of recruiting support staff into your school and, as a specialist  agency, have a reach that ensures your school will attract the right people. We manage

the recruiting process from initial marketing, through to presenting you with a shortlist of the very best candidates for you to review.

We get to know your school and its ethos

Our independent school team spends time with you to really understand the type of people who fit well within your school. And for each new position, whether temporary or permanent, we take time to understand the specific skills and experience you are looking for.

We get to know our candidates We already have a bank of candidates we can place into your school, but we review

every position individually and consider each candidate’s skill set as well as their ‘fit’ for your organisation. Once we have a shortlist, we interview the candidates, only putting forward the people we feel are the most suitable.

Case study: Supporting Abbey College’s recruitment needs

As an independent boarding college, recruiting the right candidates has always been a challenge for Abbey College. That is, until they started working with ESP Recruitment.

Principal, Liz Elam explains: “We used to advertise support staff vacancies but, because of the complex nature of these posts, it was like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

People would apply but they just weren’t the right fit for the college. I was struggling to recruit an academic data manager, someone with SIMS, timetabling and academic management experience”.

What happened next?

“Nick Sion, visited to find out more about us and the kind of person we were looking for, not only their experience but also someone who would align with our culture. He handled the entire advertising and application process and, after filtering and interviewing candidates, put the four most suitable forward. All four were excellent,

I interviewed two and hired them both. I didn’t want to lose them, they were such high quality. “Since then, Nick has worked with us to

recruit a director of accommodation for our boarding provision and our college nurse, both very difficult roles to fill. Again, Nick handled the whole application process presenting  us  with very high-quality and suitable candidates and, in both cases, we hired.

“I hired the nurse at interview, something I don’t normally do but Nick had found us the perfect candidate”.

What is the impact of working with ESP?

Liz concludes: “Not only is the process better value, it is so much easier and more effective than recruiting ourselves. We’ve employed very high quality candidates that we couldn’t have found ourselves”.

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