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School Appeals Clerk

Closing date
28 Jan 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
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The starting salary for this role is £21.43 per hour.

Are you looking for a role with a difference? We are looking for a well organised and enthusiastic person to act as clerk to our school appeal panels.

This role is based at Brooklands, Weybridge, but you will need to work at other locations within the County. You will be paid on an hourly basis for actual hours worked and will be employed on a zero hours based bank contract.

School admission appeals are heard by Independent Appeal Panels consisting of three volunteers. Appeals are heard throughout the year, normally not in school holidays, but the busiest period is between April - July. Meetings are held in the daytime but do occasionally run until early evening. Appeal hearings are held at venues across the County and so you will be expected to travel.

The role is to ensure that the relevant facts are presented to the Independent Appeal Panel, to order the business of the meeting, to provide an independent source of advice and to record the proceedings and decision. Above all, the role of the clerk is to ensure that appeals by parents are heard fairly and impartially and that the rules of natural justice are followed.

You will have previous experience in the clerking of school appeals or similar hearings, or a background in Committee work, or relevant experience of clerking and/or minute taking. A good standard of education is required, at least to GCSE level or equivalent. You must also have previous experience of working with the public and minute or note taking. Full training in the law on school admission appeals and procedures to be followed will be given. We are looking for someone with excellent communication skills, able to remain calm and firm under pressure, who is a good team player with a flexible approach to work.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.
Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 04/02/2022 with interviews to follow.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Angela Bridgman on 020 8541 9029 or by e-mail at

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from a generous local government salary related pension as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
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