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School Secretaries

School secretaries provide administrative support in schools by keeping and maintaining school records and performing a range of routine clerical tasks within the school.

Tasks

  • Sorts, files and otherwise deals with incoming and outgoing correspondence
  • Types directly or transcribes letters, reports and other documents, and prints or photocopies documents as required
  • Maintains administrative records relating to pupils and staff, and generates statistical and other reports
  • Handles enquiries from parents and arranges meetings with members of staff
  • Undertakes reception duties for visitors, handles face-to-face and telephone enquiries and passes on messages
  • Orders equipment and stationery
  • Arranges payment of invoices, handles cash.

Entry Requirements

There are no minimum academic requirements, although entrants to professional secretarial courses typically require GCSEs/S grades. NVQs/SVQs in Administration are available at Levels 2, 3 and 4.


What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £22,000 per annum and can progress up to £23,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 5,769 employed School Secretaries in the region.

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Coronavirus update

Southwark College is closely monitoring all communications and guidance as it becomes available. This information is for students and staff and reflects updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England (PHE). We are prepared to escalate our contingency arrangements in the event of change.

The government is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with the WHO and international community. For staff and students, it remains business as usual across our sites and our workplaces.

Please note that, at present, this advice refers only to arrivals from Wuhan, and not the remainder of China. If you have returned from Wuhan you should:

General guidance for those planning visits to Wuhan or other destinations in China

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www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

Note

This advice is derived from The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#situation-in-the-uk

Supplementary Q&A for individuals wishing to know more around how the UK is managing the risk:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/