How to become a school administrator: Gemma's story

Meet Gemma, 19, and find out what she did to become a business administrator apprentice in Buckinghamshire. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

I absolutely love working in a school environment. Every single day is different.

  • Gemma found her business administration apprenticeship when researching jobs online
  • She is responsible for the daily administrative tasks that keep a school running smoothly, for example ordering resources for teachers
  • Gemma's job requires excellent communication skills and she uses what she learnt in English when greeting visitors and writing the weekly school bulletin.

Gemma's career path

Gemma's career path

What to expect if you want to be a school secretary

  • School secretary salary: £15,250 to £19,500 per year
  • School secretary hours: Average 35 to 40 hours per week
  • Typical entry requirements: You may find it useful to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent, in subjects like English and Maths. Experience of office work or a qualification in administration or computer skills could also be useful. You'll need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to work with children and young people.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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