September 14, 2022
Job Type
Short Summary
The PA will support both the COO and DOO in providing administrative and secretarial support
c. £27,378 pa, pro rata, (£21,378 pa, actual for weeks below), depending on skills and experience
Working Pattern
35 hours per week plus one hour for lunch, 37 weeks pa (term time plus three weeks)
Closing Date
September 30, 2022


An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the executive team at John Lyon School. We are seeking an Executive Assistant on a permanent basis to provide a high-quality service to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Director of Operations (DOO) and the School. This is an exciting time to join the School, as we have recently merged with Quainton Hall prep school and are starting our second year of co-education at the senior school.

The PA will support both the COO and DOO in providing administrative and secretarial support, being a key part of the link between the School, the Alumni Team and the Governing Body, coordinating activity across the entire support staff area, and supporting activity in essential and growing areas like use of school facilities by external organisations.

The successful candidate will have outstanding communication skills, with the confidence to deal with a wide range of people sensitively and with discretion. They will have excellent IT skills and be capable of prioritising their workload to deliver the highest quality products against challenging deadlines, whilst remaining calm and  approachable under pressure.  Whilst previous experience as a PA or working in a school might be advantageous, more important is a sense of self-motivation and an ability to seek and deliver solutions at pace.

This role is on a ‘term-time only plus’ basis, based on the weekly working hours.  Nevertheless, we will also require a flexible approach to working hours from the post holder (for example in support of Governors’ Meetings, Alumni events or outside of term time), and there may also be a requirement to occasionally undertake work at the prep school site.

The School’s benefits include:

  • Complimentary lunch during term-time
  • Fees remission for children of staff
  • Use of the School’s Sports Centre (including swimming pool) at designated time
  • Discount membership to Harrow School’s Golf Club
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Commitment to professional development

Closing date: 12pm, Friday 30 September 2022.

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and an Enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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