Headmistress’s PA – Full Time – Required from November/December 2018

Closing date: 18 Oct 2018

Salary: Grade 5 – from £35,193 – £48,186

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an exceptional candidate to assume the role of Personal Assistant to the Headmistress, due to the forthcoming retirement of the current post holder.

This is a key role within Sydenham High School and requires a charismatic individual who is highly experienced in managing a multi-faceted schedule, whilst remaining always responsive to the individual needs of parents, pupils, staff and of course the Headmistress.

Acting as the first line of contact for the Headmistress, you will be responsible for diary management and the maintenance of administrative systems.

You will come into contact with a wide range of adults and pupils and will offer a warm welcome to visitors and other contacts whilst operating to the highest professional standards.

The ideal candidate will have worked closely with individuals at a senior level and will be able to demonstrate very clear judgment, courtesy, patience and loyalty, mixed with a degree of firmness. The candidate must be pro-active and a self-starter, motivated to succeed and able to plan ahead and foresee problems as, or preferably before, they arise.

Why Sydenham High School

Sydenham High School, established in 1887, is an independent day school for girls from 4-18 with approximately 580 pupils. The school is part of The Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), the largest independent school group in the UK. It is at the forefront of education for girls and a strong voice in promoting opportunities for young women.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package and a strong professional development programme. These benefits include:

  • Competitive salaries and pay progression
  • Access to extensive professional development opportunities
  • Training grants for qualifications
  • Generous pension schemes
  • Free life assurance benefit
  • Free school lunches
  • A discount of up to 50% on fees for children at GDST schools
  • 30 days holiday

Applications should be received by 12 noon on Thursday 18 October 2018 by post or email: hr@syd.gdst.net.  Interviews will take place wc 5 November 2018. References for shortlisted candidates will be taken before interview. 

 GDST are committed to the safeguarding of children, and child protection screening will apply to this post.