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Receptionist / Office Administrator - Full-time

The Brent Primary School, Dartford

  • Ref:KCC886-2679-242S
  • Posted:10/03/2023
  • Pay:KR4 16,751 Actual (FTE £19,389 - £20,493)
  • Start Date:To Be Confirmed
  • App Close Date:26/03/2023 at 12:00
  • Interviews:Thursday 30th March 2023


Receptionist / Office Administrator

Hours: 37 hours per week, Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm 

Weeks: 39 weeks (Term Time plus 5 inset days)

Salary: KR4 £16751 actual (FTE £19,389 - £20,493)

Contract: Permanent

Closing date for advert: Sunday 26th March 2023  (Please note the advert may be close early if a suitable candidate is recruited)

Shortlisting:  Monday 27th March 2023 

Date of Interviews: Thursay 30th March 2023 

Start date: To be confirmed  

We are looking to appoint an approachable, capable and hardworking Receptionist / Office Administrator to provide a warm welcome to our parents, visitors, staff and children, demonstrating the exceptional standards of care, professionalism and friendliness we expect at The Brent.

The successful candidate will:

  • have a friendly, welcoming  persona
  • be an organised and self-motivated team member, able to prioritise and multi-task
  • have excellent communication skills
  • have strong IT skills
  • enjoy working with children

The successful candidate will provide a warm welcome to every member of our school community, both on the phone and in person.  They will also play a role in ensuring pupils’ attendance is accurately recorded each morning in Arbor and provide support to the rest of the school, as part of an effective office team. 

The successful candidate should have had previous experience of working within a school environment. Excellent typing skills, knowledge of relevant computer software and a good level of education, including GCSE English and Maths, are essential. The post requires the ability to be methodical, organised and the ability to prioritise work within a busy environment.

A caring, patient and understanding approach and a good sense of humour are essential. We are seeking to appoint a 'Brent' person: someone who is enthusiastic, flexible, resourceful and full of energy!

We provide quality support and appropriate professional development.  A First Aid qualification would be advantageous.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Offers of employment are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure and other employment checks.  References will be requested for those shortlisted only and prior to interview.


Information about the school

The Brent Primary School

With extensive grounds, which include a swimming pool, running track and wildlife areas; we are committed to an outdoor learning approach. Our creative, topic-based curriculum 'IGNITE' promotes engagement and enjoyment, as well as the knowledge and skills for life-long learning.

We encourage all our staff to be active in their self-development and training. We offer many opportunities for staff to develop their career within our mutually supportive team. We are a Growth Mindset school, without limiting pupil or adult learning. We encourage everyone to strive to be the best they can be personally and professionally.

The Brent Primary School, part of Cygnus Academies Trust, is situated in Dartford. We are an Outstanding growing 3 Form Entry Primary school that is friendly and welcoming, with supportive staff and children from a variety of backgrounds. We are caring with effective structures to support staff in their roles across the school.

With a great reputation in the community, The Brent Primary School prides itself on providing the best possible education for the pupils in its care.

Cygnus Academies Trust

The Brent Primary School is part of Cygnus Academies Trust who are a group of friendly, like-minded schools, working together in the best interest of all our children. Driven by a desire to collaborate at every level, with an emphasis on staff development and opportunities for all. Cygnus Academies Trust schools really are a fantastic place to work and learn.

Our approach is to allow all schools to retain and celebrate their uniqueness. While ensuring; great teaching and learning, strong leadership and management, effective local governance, curriculum expertise, visionary business and financial management.

For further information about the Trust, please visit www.cygnus.org.uk

We offer:

·Teachers Pension Scheme

· 27 days Annual Leave (rising to 29 after 5 years’ service) plus bank holiday entitlement (pro-rata for part-time)

· Employee support services.

· Effective CPD opportunities

· Collaborative working with other schools

· Excellent ICT facilities

· Opportunities for flexible working

Safer Recruitment

Cygnus Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. In line with Safer Recruitment guidelines, CVs will not be accepted, and you are required to complete the application in full giving details of all employment, training and gaps in employment. Cygnus Academies Trust reserves the right to reject incomplete application forms and any consistencies or anomalies will be explored at, or prior to, interview. Any offer of employment is subject to pre-employment checks including a satisfactory ‘Enhanced with Barred List Check’ through the Disclosure and Barring Service. We will require two satisfactory references; one of which must be your line manager in your present or most recent employment. References will be requested prior to interview so please ensure that your referees are available to provide a reference.

Equal Opportunities

Cygnus Academies Trust is an equal opportunities employer committed to diversity and inclusion who welcomes applications from all sectors of the community. All people who work and study at our Trust have the right to be respected and valued within a safe and secure environment and not to be discriminated against on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage & civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Additional Information

  • References will be requested for shortlisted applicants prior to interview.

  • Shortlisted applicants will be required to complete and return a Self-Disclosure form prior to interview.

  • Online Searches will be carried out on shortlisted applicants prior to interview. Any concerns will be discussed with candidates at interview.

  • Further vetting checks including an enhanced DBS, incorporating a check of the Children’s Barred List, will be undertaken on provisional offer.

  • The Child Protection Policy can be found on the school website.

  • The Employment of Ex-Offenders Policy can be found on the Trust website

This post is a customer-facing position and falls within the scope of the Code of Practice on English Language Requirement for Public Sector Workers. The school has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the JD/Person Specification. These will be applied during the recruitment/selection and probationary stages.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Jenny Baker
  • Address:Cygnus Academies Trust, London Road, Dartford, Kent, DA2 6BA
  • Telephone: 01322224201
  • Email: hr@cygnus.org.uk


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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). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education.