Finance Assistant Apprentice Cathedral Academy

To work as part of the finance team to deliver a high quality finance service for all customers. To support the finance team to undertake, and carry out general tasks, whilst working towards an AAT qualification. Possibility to progress further upon completion of L2 AAT.

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Closing date: 21 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Working week, Monday/Friday. Term time plus 10 days, 37 hours per week.

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    30 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    05 Oct 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

  • To work as part of the finance team to deliver a high quality finance service for all customers.
  • Work as part of the finance team to take supervision in the form of receiving instructions, training and guidance to ensure that a quality finance service is provided
  • Answer the telephone; deal with visitors, parent and student enquiries, ensuring that confidentiality is maintained at all times and ensuring that safety and security is maintained
  • Deal with basic accounting duties, such as chasing monies/invoices, invoice processing and any ad hoc finance duties
  • Deal with enquiries from customers, taking messages and ensuring that everything is communicated or dealt with in a timely manner
  • To report to the Finance Manager, any problems that may arise from customer dissatisfaction
  • Assist with monthly procedures, including filing
  • Assist with general duties within the Finance team

Other Specific Duties:

  • All staff are expected to demonstrate consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school
  • Treat all students with dignity, observe proper boundaries and understand that every adult in the academy has a responsibility to safeguard children and young people.  
  • To continue personal professional development as required
  • Attend staff and other meetings and participate in staff training and development events as required
  • To actively engage in the performance review process
  • All support staff may be used to perform appropriate duties as and when required by the academy, commensurate with the salary grade of that post if it is higher than the employee’s current salary
  • To work in the best interests of the academy, students, parents and staff
  • To adhere to the academy’s policies and procedures with particular reference to Child Protection, Equal Opportunities, Teaching and Learning and Health and Safety
  • To work flexibly, including some evening work, and to travel, as required, to meet the needs of the role
  • To work at locations across the academy Trust, as required. 
  • Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task undertaken may not be identified.  Employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job description

This job description is current at the date shown, but, in consultation with you, may be changed by the Principal to reflect or anticipate changes in the job commensurate with the grade and job title.



Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Basic numeracy and literacy skills
  • Administration/accounting or office experience
  • Knowledge of office and accounting skills
  • Knowledge of MS Office, including Word and Excel
  • IT skills
  • Work as an effective team member and apply given instructions
  • Able to apply written and verbal instructions to equipment
  • Able to accurately input information onto databases
  • Able to organise, plan and complete tasks   
  • Able to work in a school environment, around children and young people
  • High personal standards and able to provide a role model for students and staff
  • Seek support and advice when necessary



Personal qualities

  • An excellent record of attendance and punctuality
  • Prioritise and manage own time effectively
  • Reliability, integrity and stamina
  • Respect confidentiality
  • Understanding of Safeguarding and Child Protection issues.
  • Willingness to develop own understanding through advice and training
  • Think clearly in emergency situations

Qualifications required

GCSE Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent)

Administration/accounting or office experience is desirable but not essential

Future prospects

The successful Candidate may have the opportunity to move on to a level 3 apprenticeship upon completion of their level 2. The successful candidate may have the opportunity of a full-time position within the company upon completion of their apprenticeship.

Things to consider

Employment would start as soon as possible, pending pre-employment checks (DBS, satisfactory references etc) Day release, in term time only, will be expected to gain the AAT qualification. This will be in the offices of CMS in Batley. Please make sure you can travel to this venue on a weekly basis.

About the employer

Cathedral Academy, Wakefield’s only Church of England secondary school. Our vision is to offer the best possible experience for all of the children and young people in our care, and an experience that prepares them for life. Students and parents are joining the academy at an exciting time. Cathedral Academy is currently working with the Trinity Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), a family of schools delivering consistently outstanding education for children and young people across the region. The flagship school within the MAT is Trinity Academy Halifax, an Ofsted outstanding provider which is one of the best non-selective schools in the country for GCSE and A-level results.


Cathedral Academy


Thornes Road



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Training provider

Level 2 Apprenticeship in Accounting comprising of:-

  • Level 2 AAT Certificate in Accounting.
  • Functional Skills Level 1/2 in English.
  • Functional Skills Level 1/2 in Maths.
  • Functional Skills Level 1/2 in ICT

Apprenticeship framework


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by C M S Vocational Training Ltd


Mandy Hodson

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Closing date: 21 Oct 2017