Job Details

Job Title: School Administrator

Location: Maple Grove School, Clare Avenue, Chester, CH2 3HR

Salary: up to £18,000 per annum

Contract: Permanent / Term-Time plus 10 days outside of term

Hours: 37.5 per week / 8:15am - 4:15pm / Mon - Fri 


If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and young people, we have the role for you!

We now have a fantastic opportunity for a School Administrator to join Maple Grove School. If you are looking to join a dedicated team in a challenging and rewarding environment, we would like to hear from you!


About the School

Maple Grove School is a new independent ASC provision for up to 36 pupils aged 5-14. The school will be a nurturing and therapeutic environment to meet the needs of the more specialist ASC placements for which there is demand in the North West.

Maple Grove School site is currently going through significant refurbishment and is based in Chester. The red brick school is surrounded by a quiet residential community and has a large, recently resurfaced playground. The accommodation provides a school hall and generously sized classrooms with high ceilings, good natural light and ventilation. This a great opportunity for us to expand our offer in the North West, and complement our current SEMH settings that are struggling to accommodate high numbers of ASC referrals due to their complex nature.


About the Group

We are part of Acorn Care and Education and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

We provide Education and Care across a number of schools and residential homes nationally. Our specialist SEN provision, coupled with our expertise within residential care means we offer thousands of vulnerable children and young people across the UK a holistic, wraparound care, residential and education service, empowering them with everything they need to flourish. It is by no accident that 94% of our homes are rated as Outstanding or Good.

We welcome staff who share our commitment to help children experience better days and better lives. Through ongoing development and training, we ensure our staff are well prepared for their jobs and given every opportunity to extend their skills.


About the Role

As the School Administrator you will be joining a brand new team and will work closely the Headteacher setting up processes within the school. The students that attend this school will all have special educational needs so you will need to be patient, empathetic and resilient whilst providing professional and effective administration to the School.  

The successful candidate would be due to start in Easter 2020 or earlier to be able to support with the opening of the school. This is a fantastic opportunity to join the school at the very start and see the team and pupils grow and develop.

You will be enthusiastic, able to work effectively as part of a team and dedicated to making a difference to improving the lives of the young people that we support.


Key Responsibilities

  • Supporting the team with minute taking, arranging appointments, diary management, hosting meetings and letter writing
  • To assist with telephone enquiries, taking messages and answering enquiries related to the school and direct where appropriate
  • Reviewing the EHCP plans
  • Support the registration of the new students, creating student files, and maintaining the Pupil Admissions Register.
  • To welcome visitors/parents to the school in a polite and efficient manner.
  • Basic finance duties such as raising invoices.
  • Collating and inputting data for school reports and logging confidentially information securely.
  • Ordering, monitoring and organising office supplies and liaising with appropriate services to organise maintenance of the office and equipment
  • Staff Recruitment - placing adverts for vacancies, collating and forwarding Application Forms, preparing interview schedules, contacting prospective candidates with information, issuing contracts and offer letters in accordance with the school recruitment policies and procedures by liaising with HR.
  • Any other administrative duties required by the team as the role develops.


Why work for us?

  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Be part of a supportive and dedicated team
  • Continuous professional development and training
  • Internal Promotion
  •  “Your Wellbeing Matters” – The ability to speak to a councillor for support regarding your mental health.
  • Employee Rewards Hub – An app which offers high-street discounts, hints and tips.


This position is due to commence in Easter 2020 or earlier if possible (subject to approved reference/DBS checks). Applications are invited online through the Acorn Care and Education website If you have any further queries regarding how to apply please email

Acorn Care and Education are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced DBS Check.