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Receptionist / Office Administrator - Full-time/Part-time

Smarden Primary School, Ashford

  • Ref:KCC886-2288-65S
  • Posted:07/06/2022
  • Pay:Kent Range 4
  • Start Date:31st August 2022
  • App Close Date:08/06/2022 at 12:00
  • Interviews:TBC


We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, friendly and talented School Receptionist / Administration Officer to provide an effective administrative and clerical support service to the school. Energy and commitment, combined with excellent administrative and customer service will be essential, as will the ability to multi-task whilst keeping a calm nature and sunny disposition. The successful candidate must have excellent communication skills and be able to relate equally well to parents, pupils and visitors. This is a full-time position, fixed term for one year, but part-time will also be considered. This is an exciting opportunity to join the fantastic team at our lovely school.

Prior experience of working in a school setting and using SIMS would an advantage, but not essential as training will be provided. You will field phone calls to the office, provide general administration support as required within the team, and work within school policies to ensure confidentiality at all times. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and will be comfortable working with MS Office Suite including Word and Excel.

You will be: • Friendly, with a good sense of humour • Flexible, with the ability to prioritise work effectively within a busy environment • Highly organised, able to meet set deadlines and have the ability to multi-task • Able to work as part of a team as well as on your own initiative • Willing to work hard and contribute within a small and dedicated team.

We offer: • An excellent, well-resourced working environment • Supportive colleagues, governors and community • A friendly, welcoming atmosphere • Polite, enthusiastic and friendly children • Positive, welcoming and supportive staff.


The successful applicant will have a good standard of education with a minimum requirement of English and Mathematics at GCSE (C) or equivalent.  

Salary Kent Range 4. 32.5 hours per week 8.30am - 3.30pm (Monday - Friday) term time only, plus 5 CPD days, but part-time will also be considered.

We warmly welcome visits to our school. For more information or to make an appointment, please contact Claire Speight on 01233 770316 or email: businessmanager@smarden-tkat.org

The post will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service, Teaching Agency and satisfactory references.

Information about the school

Founded in 1716, Smarden's original school building is at the heart of the beautiful village. The building at the front dates back to 1858. In 2014/2015, the school underwent extensive refurbishment and new building works. This was a wonderful opportunity for the school and was part of the Priority School Building Programme.

Four new, large classrooms were built to the rear of the old building and we are now able to deliver a 21st century learning environment within a new single-storey building, a new link corridor connecting the two buildings together and a new outdoor space with provision for games, social use and outdoor classrooms. We also have a wooded area on site where we run Forest School, allowing the children to embrace the outdoors as an inspirational learning environment.

We offer the best learning environment for children ages 2-11. We endeavour to instil the best teaching methods for our articulate and intelligent pupils. We follow the Discover-Explore-Create curriculum, allowing them to be inquisitive and critical thinkers, always giving their best.

In September 2019, Smarden Preschool became part of Smarden Primary School and the wider TKAT family. Smarden Preschool has provided childcare for the village and local area for over 25 years in various formats. Merging with Smarden Primary School has helped to secure the long term future of the setting.

We aim for our children to develop lifelong skills, the ability to take responsibility for their own learning so that they can face future challenges with confidence. We pride ourselves on providing a happy, caring, supportive and positive learning atmosphere where each child can achieve success. We actively encourage partnership between parents and our local community.

Job Contact Information

Fax: 01233 770316


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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).