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Apprentice Administrator

Apprentice Administrator

Annual Salary: Currently £6,562 per annum, this increases to £7,340 per annum from 1st April 2022
Working week: Monday to Friday, 08.30 – 16:00, 30-minute lunch break (term time only + 3 Inset days)
Total hours per week: 35


North Lakes School has an exciting opportunity to appoint an Apprentice Administrator to join our dedicated team.   We are looking for a vibrant, talented and organised individual to support the School Business Manager with day to day administration in the busy school office. 


The successful candidate will undertake a Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship delivered by RWP Training Ltd.  Off-the–job training will be delivered by RWP Training Ltd once a fortnight at their premises in Carlisle, and the successful candidate will need to be able to attend all of the required sessions.


The role is initially offered on an 18-month contract with the intention to make this permanent subject to the successful completion of the apprenticeship programme. 


Full training will be provided but you will be able to demonstrate a commitment to the responsibilities of the role which include, but are not limited to:

  • Answering the office telephone
  • Dealing with visitors, families and pupils
  • Photocopying, laminating and scanning documents
  • Preparing emails and texts to families
  • Filing
  • Providing other general administration assistance to all school staff including the school leadership team
  • Additional tasks required at Level 3 may include: producing documents, preparing notes, organising and co-ordinating events and meetings, setting up and maintaining filing systems, using a variety of software packages, updating information and overseeing small projects.

You will be expected to deliver your responsibilities efficiently and with integrity, always showing a positive attitude.  Confidentiality is of fundamental importance to us as is the ability to respect the values and vision of the school.


Desired skills

  • Excellent ICT Skills
  • Good telephone manner and inter personal skills
  • Highly organised
  • Ability to remain calm at busy times

Personal Qualities

  • Friendly and polite
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Enthusiastic and hard working
  • The ability to work well within a team and cope with the pressures of a fast-moving role.

Essential qualifications: Minimum GCSE Grade C (4) in English and Maths.


The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in school administrative services.  They will be able to work well as part of a team, as well as working independently, and provide excellent customer service. We expect applicants to demonstrate a “can do” attitude and have good numeracy, literacy and ICT skills on which to build their administrative work.


North Lakes School is a successful Community Junior School, on the west side of Penrith in the Wetheriggs estate. Established almost 50 years ago, the school has long enjoyed a reputation as a creative and inclusive school. The school serves a large catchment area and a socially diverse community on the west and of the town.


In 2021-22 the school is organised into 7 mainstream classes and also operates a Resourced Provision for children with complex or profound Special Educational Needs.


North Lakes School was inspected in September 2018 and recognised by Ofsted as a good school with many strengths.  The school works very closely with its parents, community and its feeder infant school, Brunswick Infants in Penrith.


The children enjoy extensive playing fields with a trim trail, a MUGA pitch, an adventure trail, a wildlife area and large playgrounds, both at the front and back of the school. The school building is situated on a large site in pleasant surroundings, with views out of town of the Lakeland fells.


North Lakes School is committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils.  We adopt a fair, robust and consistent recruitment process.  All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check and references.  We are committed to providing equality and fairness throughout our recruitment and employment practices and not to discriminate on any grounds.


If you are interested in joining our committed, enthusiastic team, where there is a focus on providing the highest standards, please download the application form.


Please note that the school does not accept CVs; only completed Application Forms will be considered.  Application Forms, together with a covering letter should be posted to North Lakes School, Huntley Avenue, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 8NU or emailed to


Closing Date: Monday 29th November.


Visits to the school are welcomed.  Please contact the school office on (01768) 899876 or email us at to arrange an appointment.