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Administration Assistant - Part-time - Special Needs Position

Inspire Academy, Chatham

  • Ref:MED887-7000-58S
  • Posted:06/06/2024
  • Pay:Grade C1 (Spine point 6-19)
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:27/06/2024 at 23:45
  • Interviews:To be confirmed


Inspire Academy are seeking a part-time Administration Assistant to support our busy main reception in the mornings, and to provide efficient general administrative support to the administrative team and the Academy.

An administrative assistant is the supportive force behind any Academy, and we are currently seeking someone exceptional to join our team in a front-facing role.  The ideal candidate will be a problem solver who has excellent communication skills and impeccable attention for detail.  The candidate should also have experience working in an office environment, performing administrative tasks, and providing support to colleagues.  An ability to multitask, manage complex schedules, and meet changing deadlines is essential to the position.

We are an Academy that is growing in capacity as an expanding SEMH provision, with our pupil numbers being increased as of April 2023.  We will also be moving to a brand new, purpose-built academy in September 2025, which will increase our capacity even further, leading to good career progression opportunities for the right candidates.  If you are looking for a new challenge and would like to be part of a great team, then please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a visit, or ask any questions.

The post will be part-time 20 hours per week, working Monday to Friday 8:00am-12:00pm, Term-time only (including x5 staff INSET training days per year) 39 working weeks per year.

The ideal candidate will: -

  • Have a good standard of general education (5 or more 4 - 9 (A* - C) GCSE Grades
  • Have gained previous experience working in a busy office environment.
  • Be able to show focus and resilience when working under pressure.
  • Have the ability to work with own initiative and to tight deadlines.
  • Have excellent communication skills, with the ability to communicate confidently and professionally with a range of stakeholders.
  • Have excellent organisational skills.
  • Be flexible and able to prioritise their workload.
  • Recognise the need for confidentiality in their work.
  • Be willing to undertake training as necessary.
  • Committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
  • Committed to working as part of the school team and support its vision and aims.
  • Have a confident and articulate telephone manner.

Inspire Academy is committed to safeguarding children and promoting their welfare.  It expects all staff and volunteers to share this same commitment.  Any appointment is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, including checks against the Children’s Barred List.

Information about the school

Information about the Academy:

Inspire Academy is an SEMH Special School for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs, and forms part of The Parallel Learning Multi-Academy Trust.

All the students at Inspire Academy have an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan), with a primary need of SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health). Some exhibit very challenging behaviour and Mainstream schooling is not always the most appropriate setting for them. Sometimes their first encounter of school has been chaotic and certainly challenging, many have had a fragmented education and have fallen behind their peers academically. This often results in self-esteem issues and anti-social behaviour.

With small classes and amazing staff that truly understand SEMH we feel that once a student starts at Inspire they have every opportunity to turn their lives around. Every child has the right to achieve and we believe that every parent and carer has the right to expect that Inspire Academy will do its very best for their child. With this in mind we work closely with parents and carers and other agencies to help each student make positive choices and changes which will serve them better in their future.

A key feature that we try to adopt is teaching the students to take responsibility for their behaviour and consequences. We teach them to try and put things right when they go wrong, together with learning the values of tolerance and respect for themselves and others.

Information about the Trust:

Parallel Learning Trust is a Special and Alternative Provision Multi- Academy Trust.

The Trust is committed to transforming lives for all pupils. Currently, we have seven academies that offer alternative or special provision for those children with social, emotional or mental health needs, with clear plans for sustainable growth over the next 3 years.

The Parallel Learning Trust was founded in 2014 to support the conversion of Park Campus and Kennington Park.

The Members and Directors of the Trust have a wealth of experience, brought together by a passion for giving children the best start in life.

You can find out more about skills and attributes of the Members and Directors by going to the following page: www.plt.org.uk/about-us/who-we-are

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Senior HR & SLT Administrator
  • Address:Silverbank, Churchill Avenue, Chatham, Kent, ME5 0LB
  • Telephone: 01634 827372
  • Email: office@inspireacademy.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.