School Office Assistant (All Year Round)

General

Closing date: Monday, July 22, 2024 - 09:00

Type: Full time

We are looking to recruit a School Office Assistant to join Benenden’s dedicated School Office Team. The School Office is the hub of the School and its wide range of customer demands needs to be met to a very high professional standard. The School Office team provides reception and post room services, as well as providing secretarial and administrative support for the School.

School Office Assistants report directly to the School Office Manager; post holders work in rotation to staff the main reception desk, and additionally work in a busy back office environment with reasonable noise levels. As front-line staff, School Office Assistants deal directly with parents, students, school staff and other members of the community, and are often the first point of contact for those making enquiries to the School. Post holders are therefore required to demonstrate the highest standards of professionalism in their conduct and personal presentation, and they may occasionally have to deal with challenging customer interactions whilst carrying out their work.

The job demands flexibility/adaptation to changing/conflicting priorities and deadlines, and a high level of discretion and confidentiality.

Working Hours
The hours for this position will be 34 hours per week during term time, plus 30 hours per week during School holidays (with a one-hour unpaid break). Exact days and hours are outlined below:

During Term time
Monday 8.00am-6.00pm
Tuesday 8.00am-6.00pm
Thursday 9.00am-6.00pm
Friday 9.00am-6.00pm

During Holidays
Monday-Friday 9.00am-4.00pm

Term begins on the day of the full staff meeting (INSET day) which you are expected to attend.

Salary:

The salary for this role is based on £24,813 FTE with an actual pro rata salary of £21,769.89 per annum.

About Benenden School:

Benenden is one of the leading day and boarding schools in Britain. We were founded in 1923 and are situated in 250 acres of attractive parkland in Kent. There are 560 girls in the School, aged 11-18, with approximately 180 of those in the Sixth Form. Benenden is at the forefront of girls’ education in the UK, with recent innovations including the Benenden Diploma, a bespoke curriculum for our youngest two year groups, and the Professional Skills Programme, teaching the Sixth Form skills for the workplace. We are an ambitious school, with recent developments including a state-of-the-art Science Centre and All-Weather Sports Pitch, and we opened our new Music School and Hall in June 2022.

Meals are provided to staff while on duty. The School’s leisure facilities, including a fitness gym and swimming pool are available for staff to use.

For a full job description and to apply, please download an application pack below. Completed applications should be sent to People Services on recruitment@benenden.school by 9.00am on Monday 22 July. Interviews likely to be held either Thursday 25 or Friday 26 July 2024.

The post-holder will be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children with whom they come into contact. They must ensure compliance with the School’s Child Protection Policy Statement at all times, this appointment will be subject to enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks. Benenden School is committed to equal opportunities and equal pay for all employees. Whilst Benenden isn’t accredited to the Living Wage Foundation, we do look to the Living Wage for guidance and our starting pay is currently in line with this.