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Administrative Officer - Pupil Services

The Role

Would you like the responsibility of accurately applying admission criteria to decide which child on a waiting list should be offered a school place?

Do you enjoy a challenging role which will test your organisational skills and adaptability to meet multiple deadlines?

Are you a team player that is prepared to roll up your sleeves and help make a difference?

If yes, we have the perfect role for you!

Our Children’s Service are looking to recruit two dynamic and enthusiastic Administrative Officers to join our Wandsworth Pupil Service team and help support us in achieving positive outcomes for young people’s educational needs!

What does the team do?

Our team provides a school admissions service to support parents and schools in the Borough.

We process applications for primary school reception places, transfers from primary to secondary school and maintenance of waiting lists among many other things! We are a vibrant and enthusiastic team looking for new people to join us!

What will your role be?

In this role you will undertake, coordinate and be responsible for the day to day administration of school admissions applications.

This administrative position requires accurate and accountable decision making.  You will be responsible for a caseload of schools, maintain accurate vacancy records and making decisions against set criteria.  We will provide you with full training and support to enable you to effectively carry out your work and to develop your skills and abilities to provide the best service to our customers.

Providing accurate procedural advice to parents, schools, headteachers and governors is an essential part of the role and so you will need to be an effective and sensitive communicator, often explaining procedures, some of which are complex and/or detailed. 

To be considered for interview you will:

  • Have experience of working within a local authority, school or academy environment. 
  • The ability of working effectively and accurately in a pressurised and challenging environment, and of organising your work to ensure that multiple section deadlines are met.
  • Have strong IT skills, managing the use of bespoke software and Microsoft applications
  • Practical experience of equal opportunities in the workplace and in public service delivery is essential.

For an informal discussion, please contact Brian Bew (Deputy Head of pupil Services) on 020 8871 8017 or email Brian.Bew@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk


In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays. 

In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops, and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities is also offered.

(COVID-19) - information for job applicants

Given the ongoing situation, we have not set a closing date for this job vacancy. We are unable to currently advise when interviews will be arranged. We feel that this is the correct and responsible decision to make in these exceptional circumstances in view of:

· increased demand on the time of the council staff in response to the pandemic

· the need to support more vigilant public health measures.

We appreciate that applicants will want further information. However, as this is an unprecedented situation, arrangements for undertaking these interviews will require careful consideration.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Equality Statement

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services.

We are pleased to be Disability Confident employer.

Important Information

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils


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