School secretaries provide general administrative support to school staff. They have a wide range of duties, which may include:
Secretaries in primary and middle schools usually work for 40 weeks a year. This includes all term times. Many secretaries work part-time for 6 to 15 hours a week but some work full-time for 37 hours a week.
Secretaries in state secondary schools or in independent schools are more likely to work all year round. They are expected to take their holidays only during school holidays. They are likely to work 37 hours a week but part-time work may be available. They may sometimes have to attend evening meetings.
To be a school secretary you should:
Nearly every primary school has a full-time or part-time secretary. Some larger schools also have some clerical assistants. A few secretaries share their time between two small schools.
Most middle, secondary and independent schools have a bursar and one or more clerical assistants. Some also have a school secretary, while others combine the jobs of bursar and school secretary (see Bursar profile).
There are limited promotion prospects within a school. Secretaries could seek to move to a larger school or a more responsible secretarial post outside education.
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National Association of Administrative Staff in Schools and Colleges (NAASSC)
Professional Association of Teachers (PAT)
2 St. James' Courst
Tel: 01332 372337