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Receptionist – Booker Park School


We are looking to recruit a confident, approachable and well organised Receptionist. The successful candidate will be the first point of contact for parents, pupils and all visitors to the school both face to face and on the telephone.

Information about our school

Part of the Vale Federation of Schools, Booker Park Primary School is a special school which caters for children with a broad diversity of complex needs including Profound and Multiple, Severe and Moderate Learning Difficulties. Almost half of the pupils have an additional diagnosis of an autistic spectrum condition. The school reception is the hub of the school, providing a warm, friendly welcome, promoting the feeling of safety and well-being to all our visitors.  Reporting to the HR and Office Manager, the successful applicant will be the first point of reference for telephone enquiries, parents/carers and all other visitors. Enjoy the benefits of working within Buckinghamshire Council including financial rewards and discounts on purchases from local shops, cafes and restaurants, pension scheme and a 24 hour free, confidential Employee Assistance Programme.


Safeguarding Statement

The Vale Federation of Schools is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to provide two satisfactory references, undertake pre-employment checks including a health check and have a cleared Enhanced Disclosure & Barring check.


The Role

The successful candidate will be juggling the demands of a busy reception desk, including answering all incoming calls and directing as necessary, welcoming visitors, signing them in using the electronic visitors’ entry system, produce visitors’ passes and check and record ID as necessary. They will have responsibility for bringing together articles for the School Newsletter and updating contact lists. Other duties will include typing letters to parents, sorting daily incoming post and the prompt checking and distribution of deliveries, all of which contribute to the smooth running of the school office. External and internal training is provided as appropriate to the role and continued professional development of our staff is encouraged.



The Candidate

In order to carry out this role you will need strong communication skills and be able to record and give accurate information in a clear, concise manner.  You will have a friendly, easy going personality whilst maintaining a professional approach to your work.  Having a disciplined and unflustered nature and being able to multi-task is essential.  Ideally, you will have experience of working in a similar role, being part of a team as well as being able to work independently.  You will need experience of Microsoft packages including Word and Excel and having an artistic flair may be a benefit.  Although experience of using SIMS is desirable training will be given to the right candidate.  You will be able to interact appropriately with the school community including parents, staff and children who visit reception on a daily basis.  The ability to travel to our other sites would also be an advantage.


How to apply

Due to the current Covid-19 situation we are unable to arrange tours of the school and initial interviews will be via Microsoft Teams. To find out more about the role please contact Lynne Worley on 01296 427221 or email office@bookerpark.bucks.sch.uk
Completed applications should be emailed to: recruitment@thevalefederation.com


Closing date and interview

Closing date:    12 noon, Friday 22nd January 2021. Any applications received after this time may be rejected. CVs will not be accepted.
Interview date: To be confirmed. If you have not been contacted within three weeks of the closing date you must that your application has, on this occasion, been unsuccessful.


School Address

Stoke Leys Close
HP21 9ET
01296 427221


Receptionist Job Description
Receptionist Person Spec


If you would like to apply for this position, please complete the application form below. If you are unable to print the documents or have a disability that makes it difficult for you to complete the forms, please contact us so that we can post them to you or make alternative arrangements.

When completing the application form please account for all your time since leaving full-time education including part-time and voluntary work. Any gaps in your employment history should be fully explained. Please also complete the section relating to previous criminal convictions and sign the application form.

The completed application form should be returned by email to recruitment@thevalefederation.com or by post to:

Sue Haywood
Office Manager
Booker Park School
Stoke Leys Close
HP21 9ET