PA to the SLT

Personal Assistant to the SLT - Mill Water School
 Work Location  Bicton, East Budleigh, Devon, EX9 7BJ  
 Pupils On Roll  115  
 Occupational group  Admin, Secretarial & Office Support
 Salary details  £10.41 per hour 
 Job term  Permanent  
 Appointment type  Term Time - 39 weeks per annum 
 Hours  37 hours per week
 Closing Date  1st December 2021  
 Interview date  w/c 6th December 2021

Mill Water School is an all-age special school for pupils with severe and complex learning difficulties, including Autism, located in the grounds of Bicton College. Our beautiful, rural surroundings provide unrivalled opportunities for outdoor learning.

This position in a special school is a key role and we are looking for someone with more than exemplary administration skills, you will also need emotional intelligence and a strong moral compass.

This is an opportunity to make a difference for families – sometimes the most vulnerable. You will need to be kind, positive and hard-working.

The successful candidate will have the ability to build and form working relationships with pupils, parents and all colleagues and to work across operational boundaries as a member of our very successful school community.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate a co-operative, reliable “can do” attitude with good communication skills both on the telephone and in person which allows effective communication at all levels of the school.

You will:

    • Act as an ambassador for both the school and the leadership team in all matters, with the capacity to remain calm and to cope with the unexpected;
    • Manage access to the Headteacher, dealing with as many requests as possible independently and screening enquiries;
    • Assist with the organisation, planning and delivery of some school events;
    • Act as the eyes and ears of the Headteacher, being the first point of contact for visitors to the Headteacher;
    • Be patient, flexible, adaptable, meticulous and conscientious;
    • Liaise with tact and diplomacy with other school staff and others outside the school, particularly parents and the local community;
    • Be able to handle sensitive and confidential matters with complete tact and discretion.

Ideally this role would be 37hrs per week but this can be flexible and working school hours will be considered.

If you would like to know more about this opportunity or would like an application form, please contact Paula Harris on 01395 568890 or

Your completed application form should be returned by email no later than 9am on the closing date.

Please note that CVs will not be accepted and application is via the official form only.

We will not be providing feedback for applications which are not shortlisted.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This role requires a DBS disclosure.

This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.

Devon County Council is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.