School secretaries

£8,840 Average salary at age 20
£27,040 Average Salary
46 Average hours per week


School secretaries provide administrative support in schools by keeping and maintaining school records and performing a range of routine clerical tasks within the school.

Main Tasks

  • Sorts, files and otherwise deals with incoming and outgoing correspondence;
  • Types directly or transcribes letters, reports and other documents, and prints or photocopies documents as required;
  • Maintains administrative records relating to pupils and staff, and generates statistical and other reports;
  • Handles enquiries from parents and arranges meetings with members of staff;
  • Undertakes reception duties for visitors, handles face-to-face and telephone enquiries and passes on messages;
  • Orders equipment and stationery;
  • Arranges payment of invoices, handles cash.


There are no minimum academic requirements, although entrants to professional secretarial courses typically require GCSEs/S grades. NVQs/SVQs in Administration are available at Levels 2, 3 and 4.

What School secretaries studied in higher education

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What School secretaries studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(G3) Statistics1
(L7) Human & social geography2
(G1) Mathematics1
(W2) Design studies3
(W7) Crafts2
(L3) Sociology8
(C1) Biology3
(C8) Psychology7
(W1) Fine art1
(V3) History by topic1
(W3) Music2
(D3) Animal science2
(F6) Geology2
(W8) Imaginative writing2
(V4) Archaeology2
(W6) Cinematics & photography2
(Q3) English studies7
(L2) Politics3
(R3) Italian studies1
(B7) Nursing2
(W4) Drama4
(M1) Law by area4
(M2) Law by topic2
(J9) Others in technology2
(I2) Information systems2
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine2
(P5) Journalism1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences2
(T7) American studies2
(N1) Business studies1
(X3) Academic studies in education5
(L5) Social work2
(X1) Training teachers3
(N4) Accounting3
(C6) Sport & exercise science2
(P3) Media studies4
(N2) Management studies3
(V1) History by period4
(N3) Finance2
(W5) Dance1

UK Prospects

69000 Workforce Size
38.99% Predicted decline 2020 - 2027
16895 Predicted Replacement 2020 - 2027

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