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Reference: JOB-75647
Location: Jane Austen College
Job Hours: 37 hours per week
Phase: Secondary
Job Type: Fixed Term
Job Weeks: Term time + 2 weeks
Job Time: Full Time
Start Date: August 2024 (Casual) September 2024 (Fixed Term)
Salary: Salary: Support Staff Pay Scale E: £21,712 to £23,218 pro-rata per annum (£24,294 - £25,979 per annum full year equivalent) Fixed Term: until 30th April 2025
Closing Date: Wed 19th Jun 2024


Recruitment Pack
Job Description

Senior Administration Assistant (Maternity Cover)

Jane Austen College

48 Colegate



Salary: Support Staff Pay Scale E: £21,712 to £23,218 pro-rata per annum (£24,294 - £25,979 per annum full year equivalent)

Fixed Term: until July 2025

Working Weeks: Term Time plus 2 weeks (40 weeks)

Start Date: August 2024 (This role will initially be on a casual hours contract during August, transitioning to fixed term status from September).

An excellent opportunity has arisen at Jane Austen College for a Senior Administration Assistant (Maternity Cover) to provide administrative and clerical support services. This is an exciting and challenging role for someone looking to work in a fast-paced and progressive environment.

Before applying, please read the attached Recruitment Pack and Job Description, for more details about the role. We ask that you read this pack carefully, especially the “Planning your application” section from page 11. This will support your application ensuring you have the opportunity to tell us about your relevant skills, experience and qualifications that relate to the job description and person specification in addition to details of your references covering the last 5 years.

The main responsibility of this role will be:

  • To provide administrative and clerical support services to a high standard, supporting management, other office staff, teachers and students in an efficient, professional and effective manner
  • To provide flexibility to enable the Academy to cope with peak workloads and staff absence.
  • To provide cover for the PA
  • To provide support in the purchasing of supplies for the school
  • To organise CPD and other relevant training for staff

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Good numeracy / literacy skills / GCSE (or equivalent) Maths and English
  • Experience of general clerical or administrative work
  • The ability to meet deadlines by effective planning and time management
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken, inn dealing with a wide range of visitors / stakeholders
  • An understanding of the support function in an Academy setting and the wider Inspiration Trust setting

Jane Austen College is a school with a unique and exciting history. Set up in 2014 as a flagship free school for the Inspiration Trust, with a specialism in English and Humanities. The college has grown from two-year groups through to a full 11-18 school of over 1000 students. The college has a history of excellent results at both GCSE and A-Level, including STEM A-Levels as part of our unique collaboration with Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form. The college was graded as a ‘good’ school in its last Ofsted inspection, and the college has continued to build on this through a focus on a broad curriculum, inclusive teaching approaches and school values. It is true to say that its staff write a narrative of success for all our students, ensuring that they all have access to powerful knowledge and transformative extracurricular experiences regardless of background or disadvantage.

We are part of the Inspiration Trust, twice ranked as the country’s top family of comprehensive schools for pupil progress, and strongly believe in the importance of giving the widest educational opportunities to all young people, regardless of their background. We have strong networks across the Trust, with opportunities to work with a diverse range of schools and partners. We are committed to offering excellent professional and learning opportunities for our staff, with a busy programme of continuing professional development courses delivered by some of the country’s best educational thinkers and practitioners.

The Inspiration Trust is a Multi Academy Trust, committed to delivering the very best educational experience for the young people of Norfolk and Suffolk, across 17 schools. We are ambitious for our schools and communities and want to create Britain’s highest performing federation of 3-19 schools and transform education in the East. Inspiration Trust specialises in transforming schools in disadvantaged areas and taking academies from failing to outstanding.

For information on what it is like to live and work in Norwich, click here. Jane Austen College was first inspected by Ofsted in October 2016, in line with their guidelines for inspections of new free schools. The most recent, Section 8 inspection was performed in May 2022. Inspectors found that the school shows "enough evidence of improved performance to suggest that the school could be judged outstanding if we were to carry out a section 5 inspection now”.

When you join Inspiration Trust's thriving network of talented teachers, leaders and support staff, you join an organisation that supports you to be the best you can be. The Trust offers a varied professional development programme for employees.

We are committed to offering excellent professional opportunities for our staff, through careful support and personalised CPD. We offer a structured and specific induction programme.

The Trust also offers:

  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) with generous employer contributions
  • Employee Assistance Programme which provides a fully confidential service which includes 24/7 free telephone support and access to well-being information, advice and guidance
  • Discounted travel passes via the First Bus Commuter Travel Club
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Retail Benefits offering discounts with many shops and suppliers
  • Corporate membership of the Norwich Theatre Royal
  • Salary sacrifice schemes, including car leasing (subject to T&C), healthcare plans, including Dental insurance and Gym membership 
  • SpecSavers VDU Eyecare and Boots Flu vouchers
  • Free Parking (on most sites)

*Some benefits are only available following successfully passing probation

If you would like to know more about this exciting opportunity, then please contact PA to the Principal on

To apply for this role please click the Apply button to complete the online application form.

Closing date for applications: 12pm on Wednesday 19th June 2024

Interview date: Friday 28th June 2024

Inspiration Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All staff appointments are subject to satisfactory references and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks. We are an equal opportunities employer.