Newton Abbot College
Personal Assistant to the Headteacher
Ivy Education Trust is seeking to appoint an exceptional PA to provide efficient, effective and confidential support to the Headteacher at Newton Abbot College. The post holder will need to have previous experience as a PA and have excellent organisational skills, as well as being a proactive and positive individual who has an excellent eye for detail, is highly organised and has very strong time management skills.
The successful candidate will:
• Have a high level of competency in using technology and Microsoft Office and Google workspace (drives, docs). Experience of SIMS is desirable.
• Be able to remain calm when working under pressure, prioritise workloads and work to deadlines.
• Have strong written and verbal communication skills with an ability to gain credibility at all levels are essential.
• Be passionate about helping students to achieve their very best.
• Be committed to the vision and values of the college.
• Have a sense of humour and ability to establish strong relationships very quickly.
• Be flexible in their approach and able to adapt as and when the demands of the role require it, including working flexible hours when needed.
• Be a collaborative and trustworthy team player.
If you think you can make a difference to our students and relish the idea of joining our successful, supportive and highly motivated team then we want to hear from you!
Newton Abbot College is an over-subscribed secondary school with a growing Sixth Form that is situated in the heart of Newton Abbot, Devon. Our mission is to support, challenge and inspire every individual to be better than they ever dreamt they could be. To achieve this staff and students share the same set of values and drivers that underpin an ethos of traditional values and incredibly high expectations and a culture of high-quality teaching supported by exceptional pastoral care. Staff wellbeing and professional development are always a priority and we work hard to look after our staff and provide them with opportunities to develop their practice and, if they wish, further their careers. There is a very strong sense of community and team at Newton Abbot College; everybody looks out for one another and everybody is proud of their role; as together we grow our college from strength to strength.
Newton Abbot College (“Good” OFSTED April 2019) is part of the Ivy Learning Trust. We have exceptional expectations of our students and staff, and we welcome applicants who share our commitment to place student learning at the centre of everything we do. The Ivy Learning Trust is an inspiring place to work with staff who are dedicated to increasing opportunities, maximising outcomes and improving the life chances of all pupils. We prioritise nurturing and developing the talent of our staff; our induction programme is excellent, and all staff are involved in an innovative CPD programme. All Ivy Learning Trust schools form a wider family with a vision of inspiring excellence through collaboration.
If you like what you see and read and believe that you can support us in continuing to achieve great things here at Newton Abbot College, then do get in touch.
The Ivy Education Trust works closely with all schools within the Trust and beyond. The Ivy Education Trust celebrates the diversity of each of its schools and is founded upon the alignment of vision and values that we all commonly hold to secure the best outcomes for our pupils.
The name of our Trust is inspired by the story of Dr Ivy Williams. Born in Teignbridge (Newton Abbot), in 1877, she managed what we would wish for all the children and young people of Teignbridge and surrounding area that we serve in our schools by fulfilling her childhood dreams and ambitions.
On 10 May 1922 Dr Ivy Williams became the first woman to be called to the Bar (formally recognised as a qualified Barrister of Law) of England and Wales.
The story of Dr Ivy Williams reminds us of the famous quote from Michelangelo:
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”
The Ivy Education Trust supports and challenges all members of our learning community to dream big, aim high, and achieve more than they ever thought was possible.
If you share these visions and aspirations, then we very much welcome your application for this post.
Application forms and further information are available from our website.
Closing date for applications is Friday 2 September at 09:00. Interviews will take place Friday 9 September 2022.
Newton Abbot College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. If successful, you will undergo Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service and employment checks.