School SecretaryJob Description:
School secretaries provide administrative support in schools.Job Category:
What you will do:
In your day-to-day duties you could:
- act as the main contact for parents, governors and pupils
- answer queries face to face, by email and by telephone
- greet visitors and provide refreshments
- use IT systems to run financial reports and other data analysis
- keep paper and electronic records up to date
- use reprographic equipment
- order resources, pay invoices and bank cash
- administer school meal payment system
- attend appointments and meetings outside of normal working hours
- business admin knowledge
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
As well as:
- administration & customer service skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
- the ability to work on your own (drive)
- sensitivity and understanding
- to be flexible and open to change (adaptability skills)
- excellent verbal communication skills
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You could complete a college course to get some of the skills needed for this job. In the UK, for example, courses include:
- Award in Support Work in Schools
- Diploma in Business Administration
- Level in Management and Administration
You can get into this job through a business administrator advanced apprenticeship or a school business professional higher apprenticeship.
You could start as an admin assistant in a larger school or multi-academy trust and work your way up to a post with more responsibility.
You could apply directly to become a school secretary. Employers would expect you to have a good standard of general education and experience of office work.
You should be able to use common office software including spreadsheets. Knowledge of accounts packages would also be helpful, although employers may provide training in some of these.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week of work consists of 36-38 hours of work. You could be required to work term-time attending events or appointments.
You could work in an office, in a reception area or at a school.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could progress to school business manager, or personal assistant (PA) to the headteacher.