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posted 12 Jun 2017, 00:16 by James Dorey

I started work at Columbus in September 2013 following 10 years as the Receptionist/First Aider at Springfield Primary and two years as a Maths specialist LSA at Newlands Spring Primary. I can be found at School Campus reception desk, although occasionally I can be seen walking around the campus trying to locate classes or members of staff when they are away from their class base.

As School Campus receptionist, I have a wide and varied role including all first contact made with the school so hopefully, I exude a calm and approachable demeanour. I greet all visitors to the campus and ensure that they are made to feel welcome and that Reception is a small, calm oasis in which parents and visitors can relax. I also deal with aspects of pupil attendance and produce a report for the Senior Leadership Team so that they can monitor the attendance daily. I ensure that the dinners ordered with the kitchen and monies received are correct.

As Lead Administration Assistant for School Campus, I am responsible for ensuring all pupil information is up-to-date on our database. Towards the end of every academic year the Administration Team will have started to prepare for the new academic year, and I will already be preparing all the new admissions for entry onto our computer system and making sure that the paperwork for our existing pupils is moved to their new classes smoothly. This will enable the classes to have all pupil information to hand when the new term starts in September.

I oversee the administration of the School Campus Parents’ Evenings, making sure that our ParentMail and manual booking system runs smoothly.

I thoroughly enjoy working on Reception and thrive on the challenges which arise daily, especially as no two days are ever the same! I don’t think I could ever go back to working at a mainstream school; I’d miss our pupils too much and miss watching them achieve every little hard-fought for step.

In my other life, I have two children/adults of 19 and 22, a husband and cat. I am also a Beaver and Scout leader at a local group and spend a lot of the school holidays camping – even in February! I am the Child Welfare Officer and scorer at Writtle Cricket Club, so every Saturday during the summer is spent driving around Essex with my scorebook and coloured pens hoping for good weather and a decent match.

Steph Matthews
Lead Administration Assistant, School Campus