Name: Ann Westcott
Job role: Administrator
School: Dedworth Green First School
Bio: The skills required for this job include endless patience, good organisational skills and the ability to adapt to ever-changing situations and workload. Good IT skills are essential.
Ann has been working for the school for over a year. As it is a fairly small school, the school office consists of Ann and the School Business Manager. Ann saw the job advertised in a local free paper. She has been working in schools, both in the state and independent sector, for the past ten years. Like many school office staff, I started working in schools after the birth of her children – prior to having children her working life was very difference she had worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since leaving college (including some time in Libya) and then worked for Channel 4 for eight years. After that she worked for a large management consultants and then changed careers to work in HR for two companies closer to where I lived. The skills required for this job include endless patience, good organisational skills and the ability to adapt to ever-changing situations and workload. Good IT skills are essential, particularly as a large amount of the pupil data is kept on a database. You need to have the ability to keep calm and you are often required to be sympathetic but firm. A major part of the job is dealing with children, so approachability is a key part of the role. Since starting at DGFS we have introduced a new lunchtime ordering system and there have been a few staff changes. We have also undergone major building work to accommodate more nursery children. My role, whilst largely staying the same, has had to accommodate these changes.
Without a doubt, the best thing about working in a school are the children and interacting with them is very rewarding. Some of our children have difficult home lives and school is a safe haven for them – it’s important that all the school staff work together to create a friendly environment for both children and parents.