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Arden Care & College, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0TZ

Priory Group Division

Education & Children's Services

Vacancy Type

Fixed Term - Full Time


£18,200 per annum


40 hours per week (Monday - Friday 8.30am - 17.00pm)

Job Advert Role Description

We are recruiting for an experienced Receptionist to join our team on a full time basis.  The working hours will typically be between 08.30am and 17.00pm and we are looking to recruit into this post as soon as possible.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the day to day running of the reception area as well as supporting the Education Department and the College Management Team.  You will be based at one of the 2 main Campus buildings but on occasion may be asked to work across College Campus sites.  The successful candidate will be subject to and enhanced DBS check which is paid for by the Priory Group.

Typical daily duties will include:

  • Day to day running of a busy College reception, welcoming staff, students visitors and contractors to the Campus
  • Being the first point of contact and must have a professional appearance and friendly and enthusiastic personality
  • Having a good working knowledge of Microsoft applications, including Outlook, Excel and Word and have the ability to adapt to bespoke systems
  • Completing daily administration duties which will include, dealing with enquiries, filing, archiving, scanning and photocopying and an understanding of the importance of GDPR is desirable
  • Displaying empathy for the daily challenges faced by our students.
  • Being motivated and approachable with good organisational skills and ideally will have a minimum of 2 years receptionist / Administrator or similar role experience.

Your Benefits

  • Priory Perks reward and discount scheme
  • Comprehensive induction
  • Pension scheme
  • We cover the cost of your enhanced disclosure check
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Commitment to your ongoing training and career progression
  • Employee recognition scheme.

Arden College is situated in the heart of Southport, a vibrant and cultured town on the west coast of Lancashire.  The college makes the most of its position and much of the extended college curriculum is located within the community and vocational settings within the region.  The college is a co-educational residential and day specialist college for students aged 16-25 years with Autism and learning disabilities.  Individual College programmes of day or residential support are available as either 38 of 52 week placements for up to a three year period and are subject to regular reviews to ensure the students needs are being met.  The focus is to ensure that learners are prepared for independent adult life as much as possible.

Arden college provides an inclusive communication environment that supports students with their individualised communication systems.  This includes spoken words, signing and both high tech and low tech AAC systems.  Arden college is inspected by OFSTED and is graded as Good (2019).  All of Arden's residential units are inspected by CQC and are all rated as compliant.  

Division DBS info


For all roles we require a minimum of two references.  References provided must cover the last 3 years, for all of our services we will need to request all references from where you have worked with either Children or Vulnerable Adults. Please be advised that references may be requested prior to interview for roles within our schools.

About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.


Priory Education Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and disclosures with the relevant body at an enhanced level. We are an equal opportunities employer. Priory Education and Children's services will cover the cost of a DBS.


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