St Mary's Catholic School, Benton Park Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7PE

Business Admin Apprentice Level 3

Please note that in all cases written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers BEFORE the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise



Full time - term time

£9,254.44 to £18,278.00 per annum

St Mary's Catholic School is part of the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust, you will be employed by the Board of Governors.

St Mary's Catholic School

Benton Park Road

Newcastle upon Tyne


Headteacher: E Patterson

NOR c.1450

Required for busy school office at St Mary’s Catholic School, in Newcastle. We are a very inclusive school of 1450 students from year 7 to year 13. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who has excellent communication skills, a friendly, positive & flexible approach with a great work ethic and a professional manner.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apprenticeship summary

From 1 April 2022, the National Minimum Wage is between £4.81 and £9.50 an hour, depending on the candidate's age. Contract is Term Time only i.e. is not required to work during school holidays and therefore above salary will be adjusted accordingly

Working week

Monday to Thursday 8am - 4pm Friday 8am - 3.30pm . 30 minute lunch break every day. Term Time only ie not required to work during school holidays

Total hours per week: 37.0

Expected duration: 20 Months

Possible start date: 19 Sep 2022

Apprenticeship level: Advanced Level 3 (A level)

Reference number: VAC1000064280

What will the apprentice be doing?

- Providing clerical & administrative support, including receiving visitors

- Answering/making telephone calls, taking & sending messages & handling general enquiries

- Working closely with managers, teachers, and other support staff

- Record keeping & managing data using school packages

- Dealing with a wide variety of student enquiries on student reception

- Health & Safety Tasks including first aid provision, car park monitoring & supporting the office manager with daily health and safety duties.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

- Business Administration Level 3 - Equivalent to 2 A Levels

- The apprentice will be school based on a term-time only contract but will be entitled to day release - one day per week.

- The day release will be taken in school and a quiet work space will be allocated for this purpose. This will provide time for the student to complete their apprentice studies

- As well as the formal training provided by the apprenticeship programme, full training and support will be provided by the school on a daily basis, as appropriate

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

A number of options may be available, none of which are guaranteed, but possibilities include:

- Possible movement onto an alternative higher level course

- Possible further employment at St Mary’s or another school with the Trust. There are 39 schools within the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust

- Possible career progression within other educational or business establishments

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 6+) Essential

GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 6+) Essential

Things to consider

The role will include supporting all school staff with admin tasks, as and when required, engaging in whole school training e.g. Safeguarding, and completing first aid training and any other school specific training, relevant to the role and the training programme. Enhanced DBS clearance is essential

About the employer

St Mary’s is a Catholic Secondary School based in Newcastle. The majority of our students are Catholic, but we welcome students from many faith backgrounds. There is an excellent ethnic, socio-economic & academic mix in the school. Whilst the vast majority of students are English, children from 30+ countries are on roll. St Mary’s is a popular & successful school & is currently oversubscribed with over 1450 students with 5 year groups of around 240 & over 250 in the sixth form


St Mary's Catholic School (part of the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust)


St Mary's Catholic School

Benton Park Road




Louise Douds - Director of Finance



Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Business administrator

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

All application paper work and associated documents can be found on the school website. Please apply by sending completed documents to the school direct at :

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 02 Sep 2022

Fixed Term

Closing date:

2 September 2022

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