About SCJ Consulting

SCJ Consulting was set up in January 2011...
Having worked in the education recruitment industry for over 10 years, Sian felt that there was a need to offer schools a more personal and flexible recruitment service that wasn’t currently being offered by other companies. Sian’s’ background involved her working in Bristol, Kent, Essex, London and across the Home Counties. Her last position was Regional Manager for the London and Home Counties area responsible for managing over 45 people. She was also Director of the International education business, this involved working with schools across the Middle East, Africa, South America and Europe.

Meet the team

Sian James
Director


Sian's other positions:

PiXL – Operations and Communications Manager

Sian is currently the Operations and Communications Manager for the PiXL Club. The PiXL Club is a not for profit organisation that has over 950 member schools. Its fundamental principles are based on raising achievement for all students at KS4 (PiXL) and KS5 (PiXL 6) and more recently KS2 through PiXL Primary.
Sian’s role has developed in line with the growth of PiXL, what started out as helping with marketing and administration has now developed into Sian overseeing an operations team of 5 people. This is now pretty much a full time position for Sian, so most of the SCJ Consulting recruitment business is looked after by Gurinder and Lisa

Recruitment Manager – Greenshaw High School and Woolwich Poly

Sian is responsible for all the permanent recruitment for 2 schools: Greenshaw High School in Sutton and Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys in Greenwich. She works at these schools on average of one day a week. Both of these are very good schools with outstanding leadership. The Head teacher of Greenshaw, Mr William Smith is also the Deputy Chair of PiXL and the Head teacher at Woolwich is on the Strategic Board of PiXL.


Lisa Bavidge
Director International Schools


Lisa Bavidge, Director of International Education is more than a recruiter: she is an expert in the field. Originally from New Zealand, Lisa settled in the UK nine years ago, working for a premier educational recruitment company before her appointment to Director of International Recruitment at SCJ Consulting in 2011.

Lisa began her career in International Education working in the Orient, before moving to Moscow where she was taught privately, employed by some of Russia’s most exclusive families. Lisa’s extensive experience of living and working overseas, and recruiting for such roles, are what makes Lisa stand out, whether you are a teacher looking for a job in an international school or a Head teacher or HR looking for teachers to fit perfectly into your international school. Lisa’s wealth of recruitment knowledge and life experience offers both teachers and international schools a service that is both personable and professional.


Testimonials

  • Sian has made a very significant difference to both the efficiency of the process and quality of appointments we have made at Greenshaw. We have been delighted with her recruitment work, especially the excellent network of contacts she has

    Will Smith
    Head teacher , Greenshaw High School

  • Sian has worked with Woolwich Polytechnic for nearly two years, latterly as our recruitment manager within the school, and has been an asset to our business. She is a wise manager with excellent communication skills who is able to use her wide-ranging contacts to bring the best people to interview. She has formed very good relationships with myself and other staff and is a real part of our school - this has ensured that she understands our ethos and vision and knows instinctively which staff will fit our needs. Sian is hardworking and always available on the phone or email, which makes dialogue, easy; she is very flexible in her methods and hours and is easy to work with. In summary, Sian is a valued member of our school and a talented colleague; I would recommend her highly to other schools seeking to improve their recruitment.

    Tim Plumb
    Co-Head teacher , Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys

Partnerships

The PiXL Club

http://www.pixl.org.uk

The PiXL Club is a not for profit collaboration of Secondary School Leaders headed up by Sir John Rowling. It was formed in 2007 following the enormous success of the work of Sir John Rowling and the London Performance Collaborative with large numbers of secondary schools across London. There are currently over 950 member schools. This is a club that some have said to be the "best thing they have seen in education". PiXL originally started as a London based project, however following its successes it has expanded across all corners of England. The success of PiXL is due to its strategic focus and commitment from its members. PXL supports schools to maximize the achievement of all students at GCSE. In 2012 results nationally went down by 0.4% with five good grades including English and Maths, where as PiXL schools registered an average rise of 4.6%.

Greenshaw High School

http://www.greenshaw.co.uk

Greenshaw High School has a strong commitment to be a genuine comprehensive school; it has a tradition of combining both high expectations and a curriculum that is forward looking. The school is extremely popular and over-subscribed, it believes in developing a strong partnership between home and school. Last year's GCSE results were 91% A*-C with 76% including English and Maths. The school has a large and successful sixth form. The school has a dynamic and supportive leadership team. There is a Director of Staff Development who is responsible for the care and induction of NQT's. This program is renowned for its quality.

Woolwich Polytechnic

https://www.woolwichpoly.greenwich.sch.uk

Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys 'The Poly' is a very special school as well as a very successful one. It has a unique ethos and drive, which is evident as soon as you walk in. A high achieving school that has raised its GCSE results from 29% to 69% %+ A*-C (EM) during the period 2007-2013. This placed it in the top 1% in the country for progress (as published in the DfE tables). The school is a thriving multi-ethnic school where almost 60% of pupils have English as an additional language. All staff at the Poly are supported by a staff development programme; this involves effective line management and performance management processes. There are many staff that have gained internal promotions and made rapid career progression.