Downsend is an innovative independent school educating children aged 2 to 13.  It is a thriving and vibrant school which provides a refreshingly different education through a broad based curriculum leading to outstanding academic success.

We look to recruit high calibre staff committed to achieving the highest standards and have the ability to look ahead with enthusiasm and contribute to the future of Downsend.

Inspiring Young Minds’ is our ideology and is central to our approach resulting in creative teaching and learning initiatives and enrichment opportunities for children.

Through-School Expansion to GCSE creating new school vacancies.

We will soon be expanding our educational provision through to GCSE – offering a through-school education from aged 2-16 years. With effect from September 2020 we will welcome Year 9 pupils on site for the first time and, in May 2023, our current Year 8 pupils will be the first Downsend pupils to sit GCSE’s.

This expansion creates a host of new job opportunities in Surrey for the right people as we prepare Downsend for the next phase of its history.  We are a friendly and supportive team and we are looking for the right people to join us.

So if you are a great practitioner with a level of creativity and innovation to your teaching;  would relish contributing to the extra-curricular life of school; are ambitious; and are happy to challenge and be challenged in a positive way for better outcomes for the children, we want to hear from you.

Our current school vacancies can be found here and we will be adding new roles all the time, so please check back on a regular basis.

Admissions Assistant

Required to start as soon as available

Downsend is a forward-thinking and innovative independent school, shortlisted in the Independent Schools of the Year 2019 Awards.  We prepare our children for the future with a creative approach to learning that inspires young minds. From nursery through to GCSEs, we provide the platform for academic success.

We are looking to appoint an Admissions Assistant to join the team at our Prep School in Leatherhead. Reporting to the Admissions Manager, and working within the Marketing & Admissions Team, the Admissions Assistant will play a crucial role in supporting the recruitment and admission of pupils to Downsend School. This role will be an ambassador for the School, understanding what each parent needs, and delivering exemplary customer service. The post holder will support the Admissions Manager through the effective management of enquiries and applications both in person and by email, and by ensuring the data systems are well managed and accurate. The ability to use Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook is essential. Candidates should have good organisational and administrative skills, ideally gained in a similar role. This is a full-time role all year round. 25 days holiday per annum, lunches provided, free on-site parking. Salary will be dependent on experience.

 Closing date: Monday 30 September 2019

 If you would like to apply for the above post, further details are available on our website.

Any questions please contact: Sue Wood, HR Administrator

Tel: 01372 385419 

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