Exams Officer - Dr Challoner's High School

  • Buckinghamshire Council
  • Little Chalfont, UK
  • 20 Oct, 2020
Full time Education Public Sector and Government Teaching

Job Description


We are looking for an affable, meticulous and customer service-oriented Exams Officer to join our school. This is a particularly rewarding and centrally important post and the main purpose is to lead and manage the complete external examinations process and most elements of internal examinations. The role requires strong communications skills, a high level of accuracy and organisation, computer literacy and the ability to manage expenditure.  

This is an ideal opportunity to play a central role in our warm and strong community, providing the very best exams support and experience to our students and great service for our staff and parents. We will welcome applications from both experienced exams officers and those with transferrable experience and attributes.

Salary: Pay Scale 5 (£26,171 - £28,426 FTE/£23,586 - £25,998)

Hours: 37 hours per week for 41 weeks (term time) plus 2 weeks, mainly in August

Start date: October/November 2020

About us

Within the Challoner’s High community you will experience:

  • Excellent facilities
  • Supportive, highly capable and committed staff 
  • Excellent opportunities for professional development, including a proactive and highly regarded CPD programme, supporting staff development across the school
  • Two week October half term; refer a friend incentive; staff recognition scheme; long service awards
  • Subsidised gym membership; staff discounts at local shops and restaurants in Little Chalfont

Dr Challoner's High School is a leading selective state grammar school for girls, with a strong academic tradition and an ambitious outlook for the future. The school has a broad vision for education and is characterised by a highly purposeful pursuit of personal bests with a keen sense of fun bubbling under the surface. Challoner’s girls are articulate, courteous, sparky, hard-working and achieve highly in all areas. The school was graded Outstanding by Ofsted and gained the Exceptional Schools Award.  

The best advert however for working at Dr Challoner’s High School will always be our hugely rewarding students.

For more information, please visit our website

About the role

Main duties and responsibilities: 

  • Lead and manage external examinations and coursework
  • Ensure that the conduct and running of all external examinations complies with the regulations set out by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) as well as school procedures
  • Communicate effectively with staff, parents, students and examination boards to ensure the smooth running of the examinations system
  • Liaise with school leadership staff to establish best working practices and policies covering organisation of exams and mandatory reporting requirements
  • Operate cost effectively within the examination budget – managing budget expenditure and authorising spend within budget provision
  • To carry out duties as may be required from time to time commensurate with the overall responsibility of the post
  • To safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils in your care and ensure all Health and Safety regulations covering staff and pupils are complied with
  • Work towards and support the school vision and the current school objectives outlined in the School Development Plan

Please see the job description attached for full details.

About you

  • University Degree or Equivalent (D)
  • Five A* - C grades at GCSE including English and Maths, or equivalent (E)
  • Experience of using ICT to support administration including using spreadsheets and Word (E)
  • Experience of administering database systems involving large numbers of staff and/or students or large data sets (E)
  • Working in a school environment (D)
  • Successful experience of dealing with a range of routine office tasks (E) 
  • Experience of working to very tight deadlines (E)
  • Experience of working with young people (D)
  • Managing and leading staff (D)

Please see the person specification attached for full details.

Other information

Informal visits to the school are welcome. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and those interested in job-sharing.

An information pack is available from the vacancies section of the school website or from adele.cook@challonershigh.com

Please send your completed application form to adele.cook@challonershigh.com

Closing date: 31st December 2020

Interview date: To be confirmed

Dr Challoner’s High School reserves the right to appoint before the application deadline if applicable.

Dr Challoner’s High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.  Please refer to our website where you can view our Child Protection and Safeguarding, Recruitment and Equalities Policies; all of our polices are available on our website. The successful applicant will be subject to an Enhanced DBS disclosure.