Staffordshire County Council

Senior School Place Planning Officer

Stafford, Staffordshire
Grade 9 £32,798 - £37,568 per annum
13 May 2022
06 Jun 2022
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Job title: Senior School Place Planning Officer


Salary:  Grade 9 £32,798 - £37,568 per annum


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Contract type: 37 hours | Full Time | Permanent | Flexible – we are happy to discuss options including Hybrid working


About our role


We are looking for someone enthusiastic and committed to join our School Organisation Team. The team is responsible for the County Council’s statutory duty to ensure that we have sufficient school places for children in Staffordshire.


In this role you will need to make recommendations on the number of school places required by forecasting future need in the short-, medium- and long-term future. You will do this by analysing data including local demographics and school-based information and identifying statistical patterns and trends. You will apply your knowledge, skills and experience in association with law, policy and procedures to make informed decisions and proposals.


You will need to maintain and develop good links and working relationships with colleagues and a wide range of stakeholders collaborating successfully and maintaining transparent working to ensure a co-ordinated delivery of our service. This will include working with Local Planning Authorities and developers to secure new schools or expansions of existing schools and the associated funding to deliver the additional school places.


Plus, you will also contribute to working and project groups meaning you will help to influence and develop internal and external local and national policy and strategy.


The work the team does is interesting and varied in an ever-changing education landscape. The team are highly regarded, have a wealth of knowledge and a wide range of experience, we are looking for someone to join us who is enthusiastic, keen to learn, organised and adaptable. If that’s you, please get in touch.


What you will need


In this role you will need:


- Good communication skills with excellent influencing and negotiating skills


- To be adaptable to change in an ever-evolving education system


- Be able to think creatively to solve problems whilst working under pressure


We recognise that applicants may not have experience in this role, and we are looking for candidates that can demonstrate they have the transferable skills – full training will be provided. If you’re unsure if your skills match please contact Tracy Haycock or Tracey Kellner for an informal discussion about the role, details below.


Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities


As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, we offer a guaranteed interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.


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Closing Date: Sunday 06 June 2022
Interview Date: Week commencing 11 July 2022


For more information about the role please contact: Tracy Haycock ( or Tracey Kellner ( by email in the first instance to arrange a Microsoft Teams discussion if applicable.


Please be aware, only application forms completed online will be accepted. We will not accept CV’s or Word application forms.




Benefits for working for us….


We recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance.


In addition to your salary, as a member of staff, you will have access to a range of benefits including:




  • Generous holiday entitlement from 24 up to 33 days (plus 2 extra statutory days and bank holidays) depending on job role and length of service The option to buy up to an additional 2 weeks annual leave Access to our Vivup Benefits platform which offers a whole host of high street & online lifestyle savings from supermarkets and restaurants to holidays and fitness A range of flexible working options, depending on your job role, which includes agile working, flexible retirement Family Friendly Policies - maternity, adoption, paternity and parental leave Volunteering Scheme Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring Access to health and wellbeing support (including Occupational Health, Physiotherapy and Counselling Services) Eye care vouchers Car lease scheme / cycle & car loan scheme / employee car share scheme Bus and rail travel discounts





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