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Finance & Admin Assistant

Salary: £18,933 - £19,698 pro rata (£17,462 - £18,167)
Location: Devizes
Company: Downland School
Contract type: Permanent
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Finance and Admin Assistant

Hours of work: 37, 42 weeks/year – Including Inset Days
Contract type: Permanent

Downland School is a maintained community special school for pupils aged between 10 and 16 who have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). In most cases the primary identified need is Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and behavioural difficulties. Though the majority of pupils have additional special educational needs such as Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), AD(H)D, speech, language and communication difficulties, opposition
defiance and attachment disorders.

We have expanded our provision and currently offer 90 day placements for pupils referred from the local authority. Primarily our pupils come from Wiltshire, however, we have also educated pupils from BANES, Swindon, Somerset and Hampshire and continue to do so.

The school is situated on the southern edge of Devizes in beautiful countryside and opened in 1971. We are a happy, friendly and inclusive school. We are pleased to accommodate pupils with varying aptitudes and abilities and we are proud of the achievements and progress that all the pupils make. The staff team work as a cohesive multidisciplinary unit to overcome barriers to learning and to provide stability, consistency and the highest quality of education and care guidance to support pupils to make accelerated learning gains.

We promote the highest standards of educational achievement at all levels and provide a broad and balanced education experience, differentiated according to need. The success of the school is undoubtedly linked to the dedication of staff, engagement of parents/carers, our strong multiagency partnership work and our ability to motivate our pupils to help them re-define their attitudes and approaches to learning.

We seek to ensure that, by the time our pupils leave us they emerge as self-confident individuals able to manage their own learning, equipped with the skills and competencies to successfully take the next steps in education and their lives.

Our mission statement is Aspire, Achieve and Thrive.

Can you raise aspiration and rise to the challenge?

We are looking to appoint a conscientious, dedicated and motivated Admin and Finance Assistant to join our friendly school team from 1st September 2021. The successful candidate will work closely with the Finance and Business Manager and Office Manager to support the admin and finances of the school and as such must have strong organisational skills, the ability to work proactively and have an approachable manner.

Key areas of work will include:

Placing purchase orders accurately for a range of staff.
Entering commitments via the school finance software system.
Input of order and non-order invoices.
Administration of school lunch income.
Undertake word processing of correspondence, standard letters, reports, publications
and other documents.
Welcome visitors to the school, ensuring signing in procedures are followed, receiving
and prioritising incoming telephone calls, dealing with them appropriately.

Downland School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Please note that this appointment is subject to enhanced DBS, medical and reference checks before appointment is confirmed.

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