How to become a school administrator: Gemma's story

Meet Gemma, 19, and find out what she did to become a school administrator 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 job as a school administrator, a 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 is a school administrator. A similar role is 'school secretary'.

What to expect if you want to become a school secretary

  • School secretary salary: £15,250 to £19,500 per year
  • School secretary hours: Average 35 to 40 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a school secretary?

  • 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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