PA to Principal
Ark Elvin Academy
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Do you ‘dare for greatness’? Come and join a team who are really making a difference…

At Ark Elvin Academy we are working hard to give all our pupils an excellent education and are looking for committed teachers and support staff to join us at this exciting stage in our school improvement journey. In June 2017 we came out of special measures and now our team of enthusiastic, high expectations staff are doing what it takes to rapidly improve our school and deliver the outstanding education our community needs and deserves.

We are committed to ensuring staff have the opportunity to refine and develop their practice in the classroom and develop their leadership skills, we have:

  • twice as many training days as is standard
  • weekly professional development for all staff


In recruiting for our PA to Principal we are seeking the following from applicants:

  • mission aligned and looking to join a rapidly improving school and make a real difference
  • a great communicator – who can confidently represent our school to a range of stake holders
  • computer literate – detailed understanding of Microsoft office and outlook calendar diary management
  • super organised and with attention  to detail


The successful candidate does not necessarily need to have had experience of working in a school but they do need to be excited about working in our context.  You will become part of a close knit professional community of enthusiastic colleagues who benefit from the training, guidance and support from both the Ark network, one of the country’s top performing school groups and our North London region of schools where we work closely with four schools; Ark John Keats Academy, King Solomon Academy, Ark Academy and Ark Burlington Danes Academy.

This year we moved into our long awaited brand new school building with state of the art facilities. We would love for you to visit our school - to arrange a visit please contact Anita Amaning on or 020 8902 6362. 

Ark Elvin is on an exciting improvement journey – join us and be part of that change.


Closing date:                   4 January 2019 - 9:00

Start date:                        January 2019
Salary:                                Highly Competitive



We passionately believe in our six pillars and they drive all our thinking and our school improvement at Elvin:

Strong Discipline

Calm, purpose and order are established through the consistency of expectations and explicit teaching of discipline.


High Quality Teaching

Teachers are subject experts with an excellent understanding of the intellectual journey they are taking their pupils on and have mastery in effective teaching skills.


Mastery Curriculum

Our curriculum design enables pupils to make rapid progress and develop a framework of knowledge and understanding in each subject area that provides a solid foundation for further study.


Raising aspirations and enrichment

Pupils understand the opportunities that a school and university education will afford them in terms of careers and quality of life. Pupils develop their passions and interests through our extensive enrichment programme.


Character development

Pupils develop the characteristics that support their academic achievement, create thoughtful citizens and allow them to make reflective choices over their personal lives.


Developing leaders

All members of staff see themselves as leaders within an aligned community of professionals and are systematically trained in best practice. We create high performing teams to drive our school improvement.






Job Description: PA to Principal


Salary                              Highly competitive

Start Date                      January 2018

Contract:                          All year round


The Role

To provide a high standard of secretarial and administrative support to the Principal, enabling her to operate in a highly efficient manner.


Key Responsibilities


PA Support

·       To meet and greet the Principal’s visitors, displaying due courtesy and tact, to ensure that  visitors are welcomed into a friendly and professional environment

·       To maintain efficient and effective systems for filing and organising correspondence, in liaison with the Principal, ensuring discretion and respecting confidentiality

·       To support the principal in managing their diary and appointments

·       To produce letters, reports and documents, including confidential papers

·       To deal with all phone calls and personal enquiries efficiently, effectively and professionally

·       To arrange and assist with meetings as requested, including booking rooms, providing refreshments, preparation of materials and minute taking, in order to ensure their timeliness and smooth-running

·       To communicate and liaise with staff, students, parents, governors, ARK Schools staff, members of the local community and other external parties as appropriate

·       To actively promote the academy and liaise with outside agencies as necessary, representing the  Academy or ARK as appropriate

·       To maintain a presence around the school to ensure that the highest standards of behaviour and site-usage are upheld

·       To maintain data relevant to Principal’s reporting structures


General Administration


·       To organise the admin elements of key events in the academy calendar such as open evenings, parents evenings and awards evenings

·       To make maximum use of the academy’s developing information and communications technology, including the network for diary management and the effective management of data bases

·       To ensure effective liaison between admin and teaching staff.



·       To undertake training and development relevant to the post and in line with the academy’s priorities

·       To undertake any other duties as directed by the principal.


Person Specification: PA to Principal


Qualification Criteria

·       Maths and English GCSE at grade C or above

·       Degree level qualification


Experience (preferable but not essential for the right candidate)

·       Experience of running effective administrative, ideally within a school setting

·       Experience of providing one-to-one PA support

·       Experience of a senior administrative role

·       Experience of diary management.


Personal characteristics

·       Genuine passion and a belief in the potential of every pupil

·       Flexible, highly organised and able to multi-task and prioritise work to meet deadlines

·       Helpful, approachable and positive nature and ability to stay calm and diplomatic under pressure

·       Able to take ownership of tasks and work with minimal supervision

·       Have exacting standards and a keen eye for detail

·       Keen to learn and further develop own skills

·       Exercises sound judgment, especially relating to confidentiality and discretion

·       Excellent interpersonal skills with children and adults.


Specific skills

·       Highly computer literate, with particular skill in using Microsoft Office

·       Able to write clearly and concisely and to produce and maintain documents and systems.

·       Excellent written and oral communication skills

·       Willing and able to learn and operate new IT systems and databases

·       Excellent administrative and organisational skills 

·       Understands the importance of confidentiality and discretion

·       Able to prioritise workload and hit deadlines.



·       The post holder must be committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils

·       Willingness to undertake training

·       This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.