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Business Administration Apprentice SHERBORNE AREA SCHOOLS' TRUST

• To provide a friendly and efficient front of house service. • To provide administrative support for staff and students across both schools. • To work as part of the wider school team and support the schools in the Trust as required.

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Closing date: 20 Jun 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    23 Jun 2022

  • Date posted

    20 Dec 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Main responsibilities and duties

  • To support the office team with a range of administration tasks including word processing, dealing with correspondence, reports, meeting agendas, minutes, policies etc.
  • To perform data inputting and reporting tasks on the School’s Management Information System.
  • To support the school administrator with the front of house service to include answering calls, emails, managing mail and other reception duties.
  • To provide support to staff and students to resolve issues and enquiries in a timely and professional manner.
  • To ensure that storing, archiving and destroying of documents are in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act.
  • To prepare, set up and take down classroom displays as directed by teachers.
  • To prepare and set up equipment for science lessons as directed by teacher.
  • Provide administrative support for school events
  • To undertake reprographics duties as required
  • Undertake studies/coursework to prepare portfolios as evidence of skills acquired with appropriate support and training in order to achieve the Business Administration Framework.

General responsibilities and duties

  • To ensure accuracy and confidentiality in dealing with requests and maintaining records.
  • To work positively and inclusively with colleagues and stakeholders so that the school provides a workplace and delivers a service that does not discriminate against people on the ground of their age, sexuality, religion or belief, race, gender or disabilities.
  • To fulfil personal requirements, where appropriate, with regard to school policies and procedures, health, safety and welfare, emergency, evacuation and security
  • To participate in training activities as part of own professional development
  • To undertake other relevant tasks, as directed by the Senior Leadership Team, for example, general administrative tasks, supporting students during registration, break and lunchtimes
  • To demonstrate enthusiasm for the work of school and its values
  • To continuously improve their own and team’s performance achieved through self- assessment and feedback, working collaboratively with each other and contributing good ideas and solutions.
  • Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people in accordance with the school’s safeguarding and child protection policy
  • The key responsibilities and duties sets out the area of work in which duties will generally be focused, and gives an example of the type of duties that the post holder could be asked to carry out. PLEASE NOTE that this is for guidance only. Post holders are expected to be flexible and may be required to operate in different areas of work/carry out different duties as may be reasonably assigned by the Head Teacher.

    Other duties

  • To have due regard for safeguarding and to follow child protection policies and procedures adopted by Sherborne Area Schools Trust.
  • Understand the importance of inclusion, equality and diversity and to promote equal opportunities for all.
  • Uphold and promote the values and ethos of the Academy.
  • Take a proactive approach to health and safety to minimise and mitigate potential hazards and actively contribute to the security of the school.
  • Participate in workplace learning and development opportunities and work to continually improve own and team performance.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

·       Competent in the use of MS Office applications, email and the internet

Personal qualities

·       Ability to work independently and flexibly

·       The post holder must have excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills

Desired qualifications

  • The post holder must possess a current driving licence and have the use of a vehicle.
  • ·GCSE Grade A* - C (9-4) or equivalent maths and English

Future prospects

Opportunity for a full time position at the end of the Apprenticeship

About the employer

SAST is a multi-academy trust, formed in June 2017, serving West and North Dorset area as well as South Somerset. We now have 17 schools, more than 5,000 students, and 750 members of staff.

The Trust has grown since it’s inception, and in July 2020 we welcomed four schools from the Shaftesbury area that were previously the Southern Academy Trust. Our schools have always worked closely together and we can now collaborate in a more meaningful way to continue to deliver excellent educations to students.

Our schools include thirteen primary schools, three secondary schools and an alternative provision. We have the scale, capacity, expertise and performance to grow and develop with other schools.  The Trust has large town primary schools with over 300 children, smaller village primary schools and also nursery provision. Our popular secondary schools cover both North Dorset and South Somerset, include two popular Sixth Forms, and also state boarding. There is a mix of formerly maintained, and Church of England schools in the Dioceses of Salisbury and Bath and Wells, which retain their Christian ethos.

At the heart of SAST is the desire to work in partnership, to collaborate with others and to be outward facing for the benefit of children and staff. The schools have extensive links beyond the immediate area and are keen to extend these further. The Gryphon School was designated as a National Teaching School in the summer of 2017 and led the the North Dorset Teaching School Alliance.

SAST works by providing opportunities to share and improve – to develop further our provision as well as supporting the quality of leadership and management. This includes sharing best practice, being creative in maintaining a broad and diverse curriculum, ensuring the care and support is in place for children and families and enabling further staff and teacher development. We also work together on meeting the challenges of funding and the opportunities for financial efficiency, determining for ourselves which services and providers we will use to provide outstanding provision for our children.

There is real strength in coming together with a collective responsibility for all of the children’s development and progress between 0-19 years.




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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Yeovil College


Georgia Beard 07880484219

  • Business Administrator Level 3 Apprenticeship

The apprenticeship provides a highly transferable set of knowledge, skills, and behaviours, which can be gained working across an organisation and its processes. The apprenticeship is a firm grounding in organisational operations and functional processes, as well as the wider working environment. Key responsibilities include developing, implementing, maintaining, and improving administrative services.

The need to communicate and represent work clearly is reflected in the assessment methods of End Point Assessment (EPA).

  • Knowledge Test – 33.3%
  • Portfolio Interview – 33.3%
  • Project Presentation – 33.3%
  • Level 3 Business Administrator
  • English and maths: Level 2 English and maths will need to be passed, if not already, prior to taking the end point assessment

Apprenticeship standard

Business administrator

Level 3 (A level)

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