School receptionists can be found at any school or educational institution, and are an integral part of their day-to-day operation. As a school receptionist you’ll be dealing with things like customer service, administration, clerical responsibilities, and secretarial work. The specifics of the job can and will change depending on the institution you work for since every school will have different practices.
Even though you won’t need to be highly qualified to get a position as a school receptionist, it’s a good idea to enrol on a Business Administration course. Having this qualification will equip you with the skills that you’ll need to work as receptionist, and you’ll stand out compared to candidates that don’t have relevant qualifications.
You’ll probably need an A* to C grade at GCSE level in English and Maths or equivalent to work as a school receptionist. If you don’t have either one or both of these you should look at taking either a Level 2 Functional Skills English course or Level 2 Functional Skills Maths course. A functional skills qualification is equivalent to having your GCSE qualification at this level, and can help you get into a wide range of jobs.
The starting salary for a school receptionist can be around £17,000 but as an experienced receptionist you could earn up to around £23,398, though your wage could vary depending on the responsibilities that you have at a particular school. The average salary for a school receptionist is around £18,988.
As a school receptionist, you’re generally going to be working during your school’s term times but you could be working (usually for shorter periods) outside of term time as well occasionally.
With training and experience, you could move into a senior receptionist or personal assistant (PA) role. You could also branch out into different industries such as inn a GP surgery or health centre where you could train to become a medical secretary or a practice manager.
We offer both Level 2 and Level 3 Courses & Qualifications. Some of these may be eligible for government funded learning meaning you could study for free subject to eligibility.