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Office Assistant Post


We need an efficient but caring person to play a key part in the day to day running of our busy school office, alongside our committed and hardworking office team. The successful candidate will hold the vital position of first point of contact for our school.


This is a fantastic opportunity to join our new school which was graded as “Outstanding” in all areas by Ofsted in June 2019.


GEMS Didcot Primary School opened its doors for the first time in September 2016 with five classes from Nursery to Year 2. We currently have 335 children on roll and the school will be completely full in 2022 with 420 pupils plus the nursery.


GEMS Learning Trust is a not-for-profit enterprise affiliated to the global network of GEMS schools. The salary will be based on the NJC scale starting at point 3 (£18,065 FTE). All posts are paid for 43.2 weeks which includes inset days and 28 days annual leave (pro rata).


  • The hours for the post are 8.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday. The pro rata salary for this post is £14,157).
  • This post is term time only (which includes 5 inset days).
  • This post is for an immediate start.


You will need to have excellent communication and organisational skills, be competent in IT and an adaptable approach would be an advantage. A working knowledge of Integris would be desirable, but training can be arranged. You will also need to be able to work on you own initiative and to carry out the role under pressure.


The post includes lunchtime supervisor duty from 12pm to 1pm where you will be supporting children first in the nursery class and then in the school dinner hall and helping the kitchen staff tidy the hall after lunch service.


Unfortunately, the hours of work are not negotiable.


The successful applicant should be prepared to be flexible, have a “Can Do” attitude, be prepared to work as a team member and a good sense of humour is essential.


We can offer you:

  • Enthusiastic, well behaved children who strive to “Be Kind, Be Brilliant”.
  • Superb, purpose built facilities situated within Great Western Park.
  • Opportunity to develop your career as the school and Trust grows.
  • Supportive team of staff, parents and Trust Members.


The successful candidate will be:

  • Experienced in working in an office environment (preferably a school office).
  • Willing to work as part of a team and in partnership with the Business Manager and Office Assistant.
  • Be adaptable and willing to take on new roles and responsibilities.


Application procedure

All applications MUST be submitted on the GEMS Learning Trust application form. We are unable to accept CV applications.


The deadline for applying is noon on 31st January 2020. Interviews will be held on 7th February.


We reserve the right to withdraw this vacancy at any time ahead of the closing date if there is a good level of response. Therefore, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.


GEMS Learning Trust takes safeguarding children seriously and the successful applicant will have to undergo an enhanced DBS check and references will be required in line with our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.


If you are interested in this role or would like further information please contact Beth Gorsuch, our Business Manager, by email:

Visits are warmly encouraged and these can be arranged by either emailing using the address above or by contacting Beth on 01235 606013.