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Salary: £19 640 to £21 823 pro rata

Hours: 36 hours per week (Monday to Thursday) for 41 weeks per year OR 20 hours a week (either mornings or afternoons)

School Administrator Person Specification

School Administrator Job Description

We are seeking to appoint a pro-active School Administrator with a ‘can-do’ attitude to provide an outstanding, friendly and professional service to visitors, students and parents of the school.  The role is for 41 weeks per year, covering EMS term-time plus additional core weeks at busy times of the year.   Working hours are from 0830 to 1800 Monday to Thursday, with a 30 minute lunchbreak each day.  Alternatively, you may select to work only mornings or afternoons:  either 0830 to 1330 or 1300 to 1800.

The successful candidate will be positive and self-motivated with excellent organisational and administrative skills.  She/he will be able to work efficiently and to communicate clearly.  The post holder will be required to respond to school enquiries, engage with parents, students, teachers and employers, monitor student attendance and act as an overall administrative support to the wider admin team.  Excellent organisation and communication skills are essential, as is the ability to work flexibly and pro-actively as part of a small team.

EMS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all members of staff to share this commitment.   All appointments are subject to satisfactory DBS checks, together with the receipt of references.

To apply, you will need to complete the application form and personal detail form at the top of this page.

If you would like the opportunity to discuss this post or visit the school, please get in touch by either calling 01392 429020 and asking to speak to Kerry, Tor or Henry or emailing

Application Deadline: applications will be considered as they arrive

Start date: as soon as possible

Salary: £19 640 to £21 823 pro rata

Hours: 37 hours per week

Person Specification Pastoral Accommodation Tutor

Job Description Pastoral Accommodation Tutor

We are seeking a caring, pro-active and responsible person to join our pastoral team, supporting boarding students to thrive whilst living away from home for the first time.  If you want to make a positive difference to young people’s lives, this could be the job for you.

Exeter Mathematics School (EMS) is a unique 6th form, created to meet the needs of able Mathematics students throughout the South West.  The school is a learning community in which students’ needs are at the centre. Students expect high levels of challenge coupled with thoughtful support and guidance.  Approximately one third of students board mid-week (Monday to Thursday) and are supported by a team of pastoral tutors who ensure they are safe, cared for and well prepared to live independently once they leave EMS.

Students come from a variety of backgrounds.  Most will be the only one from their feeder school, or their home town.  The curriculum is demanding and students often find themselves challenged in a way they have not been before.  Many of the students are highly ambitious and/or highly able and need support in managing their expectations and the expectations of others.

Boarding staff play a crucial role in supporting students to manage their transition to EMS, their anxiety and other mental health issues.  A high number of students have autism or other specific needs for whom boarding staff have a crucial role in meeting their needs.

Students who join us often have much to learn: how to cook, clean up, manage the sharing of facilities, use a washing machine, personal hygiene (for some).  Boarding staff provide essential teaching of these life skills, supporting students to acquire independent living skills.

We are seeking to appoint a Pastoral Accommodation (Boarding) Tutor to share responsibility for the welfare and supervision of students in EMS accommodation for four nights a week, Monday to Thursday (although we will consider a job share for two nights a week each).  Typical working hours are from 4pm until 11pm, staying overnight and then being on duty again from 7am to 9.15am in the morning.  The post is a year-round (52 weeks a year) job, with leave taken during school holidays only.

An absolute commitment to the welfare of students is vital as is the ability to work with parents, tutors, school staff and outside agencies.  The successful postholder will have initiative, energy and the determination to make a positive difference to our students.  They will have a proactive approach to work and demonstrate the ability to relate to our students and work effectively in a small team.

EMS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.   All appointments are subject to satisfactory DBS checks, together with the receipt of references.

Further information about our boarding provision can be found here: Exeter Maths School | Weekly Boarding (

To apply, please complete the Job Application Form and Personal Detail Form which are available on this webpage, emailing them to

If you would like more information or the opportunity to discuss this post, please get in touch by emailing or ring 013092 429020 and ask to speak to Grace.

Application Deadline: Monday 16th May

Interview Date: Afternoon/Early evening of Monday 23rd May

Coming Soon

We will be recruiting mathematics mentors to support our outreach work with younger students next academic year.  This post is suited to enthusiastic mathematics undergraduates or graduates.  More information about our maths circle programme can be found here: Exeter Maths School | Students – Secondary Maths (

Additional Information for Applicants

The following quotes are taken from our most recent staff survey in March 2021.

“I feel like there is a very good combination of teacher autonomy and support amongst staff. I have the freedom to try new things in lessons but still feel part of a team.”

“EMS is such a lovely place to work – everyone is incredibly friendly, helpful and passionate about what they do.”

“Incredibly grateful for the camaraderie over the difficult past year in particular. Everyone is focused on looking out for our students (not only their education) but not at the expense of looking after each other/ourselves.”

“I always feel respected for who I am and feel safe to voice worries without being scared I will be seen in a negative light for not being perfect.”

“I feel very well supported by the leadership at EMS and feel that the response to COVID changes have been very positive and supportive.”

“EMS really is a great place to work! We have lovely students, an incredibly supportive staff team and a leadership team who don’t just care about wellbeing as a buzzword but as a genuine priority.”

“I am 100% in love with EMS still, and believe it is all that a school should be.”

“I think I have become a better human being whilst working here due to the staff. Thank you.”

“Great place to work and really happy here. Everyone is so easy to get along with, supportive and friendly.”

As a 6th form our contracts are not typical school contracts.  As such you have an entitlement to 40 days (8 weeks) of holiday each year plus bank holidays, all of which are taken outside of term time.  In addition, we have a shut down period at Christmas which is not taken from your holiday allowance.

When you work Saturdays, you receive an additional day of holiday in lieu of the time you are in school.  For a full-time teacher this tends to be 5 days / 1 week (pro rata for part time).

Our term times are similar to Exeter College: we normally break up for school holidays about 5 to 10 days into July and return to school on A-level results day (mid-August).

In the summer, teachers will always have at least 3 consecutive weeks of leave, but there are often more weeks available.  At Easter, all teachers will have at least 1 week of leave and may be required to work for two or three days for outreach activities.  We have also, for example held admissions interviews in February half term, requiring teachers to attend for up to two days.

We don’t tend to ask teachers to attend site during non-term time unless there is a specific reason such as training, outreach, or admissions events.  These are planned at the start of the academic year, enabling teachers to plan their holiday time with certainty.

The table below is indicative of the how holidays may be taken by a full-time teacher who has worked for five Saturdays.   The total number of discretionary days leave may vary, for example, depending on when bank holidays fall over the Christmas period.

The non-teaching roles vary greatly, some staff have term-time only contracts whilst others are employed for the full year.  Some work “normal” office hours and others overnight.  The information in this section is based on a full time member of staff who works for the full year,  the principles are consistent with other roles but precise details will vary.

Full time is 37 hours a week.

The main school building is open between 0800 and 1800 on most week days and typically working hours fall between 0830 and 1800.  Notable exceptions are boarding staff who work evenings and overnight and outreach staff who sometimes need to work on Saturdays to support events.

Annual leave is for 25 days a year plus bank holidays.  In addition, the school has a shutdown period over Christmas.  The length of this may vary each year but it is typically for two weeks.  All staff are on leave during the shutdown period but this is not taken from their annual leave, in effect adding to their overall holiday allowance.   The real beauty of this is that with every member of staff on holiday,  you wont return in the New Year to an enormous string of emails and messages!

Non-teaching staff are expected to take their annual leave when students are on school holidays.  In exceptional circumstances exceptions will be made but taking leave during the term time is not the norm.

Employee Assist Programme (EAP)

All EMS employees have access to a range of resources and support through the Health Assured  EAP.  The programme includes:

  • Free 24/7 counselling, legal and information line
  • Critical incident advice & telephone support
  • Online health portal & access to the My healthy Advantage app

Exeter College Facilities

Our staff and students have access to the facilities at Exeter College including HR support and Gym membership (for a small fee).

Light Refreshments

It’s a small gesture of our appreciation for your work that we provide tea, coffee and milk for staff and no charge.  We hope it makes your day a little easier.


Teachers are entitled to join the Teachers’ Pension Scheme: Teachers’ Pensions

Non-teaching staff are entitled to join the Local Government Pension Scheme: LGPS member site

Small Team with Big Support

The staff team is truly fantastic, welcoming, helpful and kind.  It’s one of the very best things about working here (the students being the other).  It’s not possible to overstate just how supportive they are – if you’re having a tough day someone will pick you up, if you’ve had a brilliant success, your colleagues will celebrate with you.

Vivup Benefits Scheme

This scheme offers EMS staff a range of lifestyle savings vouchers from retailers, typically giving up to 5% off a purchase.  It also gives access to Salary Sacrifice benefits which include:

  • Cycle to Work
  • Home and Electronics
  • Gym Membership
  • Car Leasing
  • Travel and Leisure – coming in 2022
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