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School Receptionist/Administrator - The Meadows Primary Academy

The Meadows Primary Academy
The Meadows Primary Academy, Poplar Drive, Blurton, Stoke On Trent
Actual Salary: £19,819 - £20,148 pro rata salary per annum.
Closing date
19 Feb 2024

 School Receptionist/Administrator


Salary: SET Grade 3, Scale point 10 – 13. FTE salary per year £22,737 – £23,115

Actual Salary: £19,819 - £20,148 pro rata salary per annum.

Working hours: 37 hours per week, Term Time plus 1 week (39 working weeks)

Contract type: Fixed Term – (mat cover) 08/04/2024 – 31/12/2024

Start date: 8th April 2024


The Meadows Primary Academy is an ambitious and inclusive community school with passion for delivering high quality education. Our staff are innovative, hardworking and motivated. We are looking for an enthusiastic, friendly and hardworking receptionist to join our admin team to help cover the maternity leave of our Head of Support Services. This is a really exciting position that would be ideal for someone who has experience of working in a school office or similar.


We are looking for someone who will be the face of the school and act as our receptionist taking on duties including greeting visitors, dealing with enquiries from parents, and answering the phone.  For this we need someone who is friendly whilst professional, and can act in a quick paced environment, juggling several tasks at a time whilst representing our school values of respect, teamwork and kindness.


The successful candidate will be part of the admin team and normal day to day activities would include: completing registers and dinner registers, chasing up absentee children, liaising with the kitchen about dinner numbers, answering the phone and taking/passing on messages, liaising with parents and visitors at the reception desk. Other admin tasks would involve supporting with the administration of trips, after school clubs, family and special events as well as some finance-based tasks.


Working as part of the main school office can be busy at times, and we are looking for someone who is a team player and is able to support and help our colleagues doing whatever tasks are needed in order for the safe and efficient running of the school. A good sense of humour and ability to prioritise tasks and think on your feet is essential!


Due to the nature of the role, a good working knowledge of Microsoft packages including Word, Excel and Teams would be essential, with knowledge of SIMs advantageous. Training would be provided for the specialist software for the right candidate.


The normal working hours for the post will be:

  • Monday to Thursday & Friday – 8.15am – 4.15pm
  • Fridays - 8.15am-3.45pm.

We will require some flexibility to help us at school events where needed.


We welcome applications from individuals, who care about people and can form strong relationships. They will motivate and inspire others to strive for the best.


We are looking for someone who is:

  • Have strong communication skills both in person, on the phone and in writing
  • Has good IT skills and can adapt and learn new technology
  • Has strong admin skills/experience and is understanding of the wider role in school
  • Is flexible in their approach and can adapt to situations as they arise
  • Committed to working with staff and students to help them achieve their potential
  • Able to create a culture and ethos where all students can achieve success and become engaged in their own learning
  • Creative and able to embrace the challenges of The Meadows Primary Academy 
  • An excellent communicator and demonstrates openness and honesty
  • An excellent team player who enjoys working collaboratively
  • Able to work independently and use their own initiative to problem solve
  • Able to inspire and motivate children and staff
  • Highly skilled in managing personal interactions
  • Resilient under pressure    


In return for dedication, we can offer:

  • Child focused team and environment,
  • Incredible community of children, parents and carers who deserve only the best,  
  • Balanced approach to wellbeing and workload,
  • Commitment to quality CPD, development and opportunities due to further school growth.    


If you would like to visit the school prior to interview, we are hosting visits with the Head of Support Services on:

  • Thursday 1st February at 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 6th February at 4.30pm  

To book on one of these please email


The Meadows Primary Academy is an ambitious and inclusive community school with passion for delivering high quality education and our staff are innovative, hardworking and motivated.


At The Meadows, we aim to give our amazing children the very best. Our mission focuses on children, and adults, on the high expectations we have of our school community. Our 6 core values define our ‘personal excellence’ and are the backbone of our school. They guide our behaviour and drive everything we do.


All candidates are required to provide a supporting statement on the formal application forms which clearly states your reasons for applying, skills and experience for this position.


Shaw Education Trust are a thriving mix of diverse and growing schools including Primary, Secondary and Special Schools all working together to improve the lives of young people in our communities. We are sponsored by Shaw Trust a charity organisation that focuses on transforming lives. We’re a growing group of dynamically awesome academies providing education to children of all ages and abilities. Staff across our team of schools are dedicated to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to be successful, whatever their starting point in life.


We believe that everyone has the potential to be extraordinary!  To this end, our growing number of primary schools within the trust tirelessly pursue excellence through research-based collaboration and innovation.  Our developing, Trust-wide, 3D Primary curriculum and pioneering Digital Strategy is designed to create inspirational, energetic and immersive learning experiences.  These enable every child to flourish within a caring, stimulating and purposeful atmosphere; fully prepared for their next stage of life and learning.


We know that at primary school, the quality of teaching affects both children’s social behaviour and intellectual development. This age and stage of learning has a more powerful impact on children’s academic progress than any other educational sector.  Home too has a vital part to play! - Recognised through extensive research, it is the importance of early experiences and the powerful combination of home, pre-school and primary school partnerships that set the foundations enabling our amazing children and pupils to succeed.


Our schools span from Birmingham to Bury, meaning that we can support students from all walks of life, no matter their background or socioeconomic status. In doing this, we are able to help ensure all children are able to access a high standard of education, with all being treated equally.


Unlike other MATs, we don’t enforce a curriculum for all our schools to follow. Instead, we support each individual school to offer a programme that enables our students to deepen their knowledge, develop their skills, sparks their imagination and fires their curiosity.


Please visit our Careers site for more information on The Meadows Primary Academy on The Meadows Primary Academy Career Site (


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Shaw Education Trust offer the following benefits with your Teaching or Support Staff employment:

  • An excellent Local Government Pension Scheme (Support Staff) / Teachers Pension (Teaching Staff)
  • Support Staff only based on working full time, all year - Generous holiday entitlement from your first day of employment (37 days holiday rising to 39 days after 5 years’ service including Bank Holidays)
  • Access to health and wellbeing support via Occupational Health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Access to our Institute of Education and fantastic opportunities to help you grow, contribute and flourish in your role and in the Trust.  


The Meadows Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment, click here to review Safeguarding and Pupil Protection Policy


This position is subject to appropriate vetting procedures including an online checks and criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) which will require you to disclose details of all unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions.


All shortlisted candidates will undergo an online search as part of Trust safer recruitment checks.


We are an Equal Opportunities employer and will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.


In accordance with our safer recruitment policy CV’s alone will not be accepted.


Application deadline:    Monday 19th February at 12 noon

Interview date:                Thursday 22nd February


We reserve the right to appoint before the closing date as we review applications on an on-going basis and interviews may be arranged as suitable candidates are identified, therefore, we encourage early applications.


Successful candidates will be subject to a fully Enhanced DBS check along with other relevant employment checks.

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