School secretary

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


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

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 30% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for school secretary is £19,598

1,849 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,849. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for school secretary roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £19,598 per year. That is about £1,633 per month or £10.05 per hour. New workers generally start on £16,494, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £29,037

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,849 people are employed in the region.

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