Supporting independent school recruitment

Our bespoke independent school recruitment service, ensures you not only find the perfect candidate but you save time and money. Our service covers temporary and permanent staff across all support staff roles and levels.

We understand how tricky it can be to recruit the right people into an independent school, both in skill-set and fit. That’s why we offer a bespoke service, tailored to your needs.

Our bespoke independent sector service

To offer you the best service possible and ensure we place the right people into your school, we do the following.

We get to know your school and its culture

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.

We keep in touch post-appointment

Once in post, we will contact you and your new employee to ensure complete satisfaction.

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 understand 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?

“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.

“Nick spends time to really understand the kind of people we are looking for and works closely with the candidates to ensure we are a good fit for each other. Once in post, he visits them to ensure everyone is happy. Nick is responsive and professional offering a complete service.”

Visit us at ISBA’s annual conference

We are exhibiting here in May, come and meet Will, Nick and Carly to find out how we can support your school’s recruitment.

Not coming to ISBA, you can contact us on 0845 686 0690 or email

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