PA to the Principal and Office Manager

We are looking to appoint a permanent, term-time + 3 weeks, PA to the Principal and Office Manager.

The Schools at Somerhill, a leading independent school for children aged three to thirteen, is situated just off the A21 between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.

We are looking to appoint a talented individual as permanent, term time + three weeks, PA to the Principal and to fulfil the newly-created role of Office Manager.

The post-holder will be the first point of contact for communications with the Principal from all members of the school community and beyond. Applicants must possess advanced IT skills in all key Microsoft Office applications and be able to evidence efficient and effective database management. Strong organisational, time management and communication skills are essential.

Full duties and responsibilities are listed in the job description, but the main duties include:

  • As the Principal’s PA the successful candidate will provide high quality administrative and secretarial support to the Principal keeping him informed of any relevant matter concerning pupils or staff. You will oversee the Principal’s diary, arranging meetings and appointments, pro-actively communicating well with all concerned;
  • As Office Manager you will be responsible for line managing the front-of-house and administrative teams overseeing the smooth running of the visitors’ welcome area which serves as the centre of communications for pupils, staff, parents and visitors and providing administrative support relating to all pupil matters, recruitment and school events.

Confidentiality and discretion must be maintained at all times.

The successful candidate will be proactive and an excellent team player, combined with the ability to work independently and lead a team.

Previous experience in an academic or school environment is not necessary but experience of providing and managing the highest quality of executive support in a fast-moving environment with competing deadlines and priorities is essential.

The successful candidate will have excellent written and spoken English. They must also be able to build and maintain key relationships, both internally and externally.

The School provides a contributory pension scheme, free meals during term time and free car parking.

Working Hours

0800 to 1630 Monday to Friday. This is a term-time plus three weeks post.


A job specification and application form, may be downloaded from the links below:

PA to the Principal, and Office Manager Job Description

The Schools at Somerhill Application Form

The School will only accept applications on the school’s Application Form.

Closing date for applications is Monday 27th November.

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