Cover Administrator

Cover Administrator


Salary:           N5 £23,048 to £24,675 (Pay Award Pending)

Hours:           Full time, term time only
Flexible working options may be considered.

Working Pattern:        7.30am to 3.30pm or 7.00am to 3.00pm

Contract:     Permanent

Start date:    As soon as possible

Location:      Gosforth Academy

You will be employed by the Gosforth Group and may need to work across all locations within the Multi Academy Trust as required.

About the Trust

Gosforth Group are a thriving and ambitious Multi Academy Trust, committed to excellence in education, where all students are valued equally, regardless of their background or ability. 

‘Create your future’ encapsulates our purpose as a Multi Academy Trust: to educate, support and nurture all of our students so they can achieve their potential and fulfil their ambitious aspirations.

We are extremely proud of what we have achieved so far and as a collective group, we have an ambitious vision for future growth.  Currently, the Gosforth Group comprises of 6 academies, providing education to approx. 6000 students in middle, secondary and post 16-settings, across Newcastle upon Tyne and North Tyneside.

We employ over approx. 650 colleagues across the group, who are responsible for creating and sustaining a culture of empowerment, growth and unrivalled support, making the Gosforth Group a special place to both work and learn.

About the Academy

Gosforth Academy is a highly successful academy with a superb record of academic excellence and achievement. Our progress score at GCSE places us, consistently, in the top ten schools in over 170 schools in the North-East over the past ten years.

Uniquely, we benefit from having only three feeder middle schools within Gosforth which puts us in a strong position when students join Gosforth Academy in Year 9. At the other end of the school our Sixth Form houses over 650 students alone and is one of the largest in the country. It comes with an outstanding reputation and delivers a wide range of courses which is why it is always over-subscribed and many students (over 100) opt to join from other schools. 

Supporting around 2,000 students from Year 9 through to Year 13, our principal aim is to encourage high expectations and high standards of achievement, both academic and personal. Our values embrace honesty, trust, reliability, respect for the legitimate rights of others, care for the weaker members of society, regard for the environment and a kindness towards other people. At Gosforth Academy we offer our students a high quality education, excellent facilities and comprehensive choices, including an established rugby ACE programme with Newcastle Falcons. 

We offer our staff a positive and thriving working environment. As a large school we can provide a wide array of opportunities for our staff both in and out of the classroom. Whilst our staff work hard to deliver outstanding outcomes and are dedicated to go that extra mile we always seek to provide innovative and bespoke staff workload and wellbeing practices. Ultimately, when staff leave they leave for promoted posts and many even come back. As a large academy within the Gosforth Group Trust we can provide you with personal and career development opportunities within the school or Trust. If you are passionate about providing a first-class education to our well-behaved and able students and want to join a successful team we want to hear from you.

About the role

The primary responsibility of the post holder will be to act as first point of contact for all short term planned and unplanned staff absence on behalf of Gosforth Academy.

The post holder will lead on the administration and coordination of daily lesson cover arrangements, making sure cover supervisors and colleagues are deployed as necessary, ensuing lessons are covered in a timely manner.

The post holder will liaise with external recruitment agencies to secure temporary cover as required and ensure accurate records and budget monitoring is maintained.

The role of Cover Administrator role forms part of the wider academy central administration team, therefore it is expected where cover requirements are fully discharged, the post holder will liaise with the Office Manager to support general administration duties, including maintaining accurate records for staff CPD.

What we are looking for

  • Excellent organisational and prioritisation skills with outstanding attention to detail
  • Excellent communication (oral / written)
  • Excellent ICT skills, and proven experience of managing and maintaining systems and databases
  • A problem solver with a high level of initiative
  • An approachable, flexible and effective team player
  • A high degree of emotional intelligence
  • Working knowledge of GDPR
  • Experience of working within a confidential setting
  • Experience of working with sensitive information
  • Self-starter with a high degree of resilience and drive

What we can offer you

  • A competitive salary
  • Generous annual leave
  • Benefits including excellent pension scheme, cycle to work scheme, free on-site parking.
  • An opportunity to work with highly-skilled professionals
  • Free membership of an on-site gym and excellent sports facilities
  • Enthusiastic and motivated students
  • An exciting and extensive commitment to professional development
  • An exciting programme of staff well-being activities
  • Wider career development opportunities to be involved across the Gosforth Group
  • Aspirational, diverse and motivated students
  • A school with its community at heart

A full information pack which includes the job description and person specification is on the Gosforth Group’s website, click here.[CJ1] 

If you would like to discuss this vacancy further, please contact Michael Baxter, Deputy Principal, Resourcing and Teacher Development, There is not an expectation for you to visit the school in advance of the interviews, but if you would like an informal visit, please email.

To apply

Please complete an application form and email to

Applications are shortlisted for interview as they are received, and so early application is encouraged.  We reserve the right to commence the interview process and close the vacancy prior to this date.

          Closing date: 9.00am Friday 28th  June 2024

Interviews will be held shortly after the closing date


This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.  This means certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’. Further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide and you can view our Policy on the Employment of Ex-offenders here


Gosforth Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. References will normally be requested prior to interview for those candidates shortlisted. The successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, along with other relevant pre-employment checks, including an online check.


The Trust is committed to equality, inclusion and diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates.


Following the shortlisting process, where applicable, candidates who attend interview, will be reimbursed reasonable expenses for travel and accommodation.