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Admissions and Exclusions Officer

Star AcademiesBlackburn with Darwen

Do you want to join a team that provides outstanding leadership, strategic direction and support to some of the best schools in the country?  Do you want to play your part in delivering outstanding learning and teaching to young people in disadvantaged communities? If so, joining the Star team might just be the best career move you ever make.

About Star Central

Star Central, which is based at our head office in Blackburn, Lancashire, provides leadership, strategic direction and support to Star Academies, Star Institute and our schools.

The Star Central team includes experts from a range of professional backgrounds, who work together to provide an outstanding support service to the Star community.  We support our schools to provide educational and operational excellence and to cultivate a strong Star community, with the aim of nurturing today’s young people and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders.

The Trust is currently operating hybrid office and homeworking arrangements (three days working at our Trust Headquarters in Blackburn and two days working from home).

Who we’re looking for

We are looking for an exceptional individual to act on behalf of the Trust to ensure compliance with legislation and to support our schools in fulfilling their statutory obligations in relation to admissions and exclusions.

You will be assisting in the development and review of policies, allocating school places and providing advice, guidance and training to staff in our schools. You will have responsibility for presenting school appeals, resulting in travelling to areas where our schools are located.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Admissions and Exclusions Team, who work closely together to provide support to Trustees, Governors and Principals in discharging strategic and operational functions.

Working alongside subject experts you will offer support, advice and training to schools and Governing Bodies on all exclusion related matters.

If you have experience of working within an education setting or Local Authority with relevant transferable skills and are looking to try something new and exciting, this could be the role for you.


You will have:

  • 5 GCSEs (incl. Maths and English Grade C or above) and A Level/ NVQ Level 3 (or equivalent).
  • 3 years’ administration experience within an education setting or Local Authority.
  • Experience of developing, communicating and successfully implementing guidance and procedures.
  • Outstanding communication skills to nurture effective relationships and understanding across a range of internal and external organisations.
  • The ability to analyse and interpret legislation.


About Star Academies

Star Academies is a high-performing multi-academy trust that runs more than 25 primary and secondary schools. We are a values-based organisation that works to improve the life chances of young people in areas of social and economic deprivation to help them succeed at the highest levels of education, employment and the professions. Every single day you’ll be rewarded with the opportunity to shape a young person’s future - our STAR values embody what we believe is needed to succeed.

Professional development is key to our ongoing success, so we continually invest in our employees through our learning and development centre, Star Institute. With a wealth of training, mentoring and progression opportunities across a growing group of academies, joining our team of leading education experts could propel your career to the next level. 

We can also offer you a range of rewards and benefits, including competitive salaries and pension schemes, generous holiday entitlements and healthcare cash plans.

Find out more

Please download the job description and person specification below for further information about the role.  For an informal and confidential discussion about the role please contact Star Central by calling 0330 313 9800.​​​​​​​


Key Dates

Closing Date: Sunday, 5 December 2021 at midnight

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Proposed Start Date: To be confirmed.


Application Process

To apply for this vacancy please use the 'Apply for job' link below. You should ensure your application form and supporting statement address all elements of the person specification. We will only consider candidates who meet the vast majority of the essential criteria outlined in the person specification.

Our Commitment

Star Academies is committed to safeguarding, safer recruitment and promoting the welfare of pupils. Our comprehensive recruitment and selection processes aim to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants. Successful candidates are subject to rigorous pre-employment checks.

We are equally committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity. We aim for our workforce to be representative of society and that each employee feels respected and able to give their best. We are committed to providing equality and fairness in our recruitment and employment practices and not to discriminate on any grounds. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.

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