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Talbot House Children's Charity are looking to recruit an experienced Receptionist to act as the first point of contact and provide excellent customer service. The successful applicant will manage our front desk on a daily basis, meeting and greeting all staff, children, young people and visitors to Talbot House Children’s Charity. The successful candidate will respond to incoming external enquiries that requires professionalism and an acute awareness of confidentiality.

We are a small non-maintained special school with pupils ranging from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4 (all pupils have an EHCP with complex needs) and a Children's Residential Home, known internally as Chadersley, for up to four young people.

​Previous experience of working within a Receptionist role is essential. If you believe you have what it takes to become part of our fantastic team please apply.

Hours of work are Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 4:00pm (40 hours per week, including a 30-minute unpaid lunch break). Working full time, annual leave can be taken at anytime throughout the year, subject to usual sign off procedures.


Salary: £22,672.00 per annum.


Starting date: as soon as possible, pending your notice requirements.


Working at the Charity you will:

  • receive death in service benefit, equal to 4 x basic salary, plus many other benefits such as employer assist program (EAP), GP and physio access and more.

  • be offered access to an independent financial advisor.

  • have the option of joining the Charity's competitive pension scheme, matching contributions up to 6.75%.

  • 22 days holiday, increasing to 28 with length of service, plus usual bank holidays.

  • attend staff events.

  • work with a passionate team.

  • work in a bright and modern environment, with ample parking and grounds.

  • be provided with meals while at work.

  • be added to the DBS update service, paid for by the Charity.

  • be rewarded with additional holidays for length of service.

  • be offered opportunities to undertake training and gain qualifications relevant to the role.

Closing Date: Midnight, Monday, 6 November 2023.

​Shortlisting Date: w/c Monday, 6 November 2023.​

​Interview Dates: w/c Monday, 6 November 2023 (TBC).

​If you have any queries regarding this position or the application process, please contact HR on: 0191 229 0111 or email:

To apply please fully complete our application form, using the personal specification to help you complete the 'skills, experience and knowledge' section of the form. Applicants who read our Tips for Applicants document before completing this section of our application form are more likely to be offered an interview. You will find our Tips for Applicants document attached above.


If you have any queries regarding this position or the application process, please contact HR on 0191 229 0111 or email hr at:

For safer recruitment reasons we are unable to accept CVs. You will find our Application Form attached above. CVs will not be reviewed.

Note: The Charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment (see full policy details on our website).This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants should be aware that the post will only be offered to successful candidates subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances and continued subscription to the DBS Update Service. Please see link for further information:

Please note that this role is classed as regulated activity as it involves working directly with children and/or vulnerable adults. All shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a criminal records self-declaration form prior to interview. Please note it is an offence to apply for this role if the applicant is barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children and the Charity has the right to respond appropriately.

We can only accept a Charity Application Form for this role. We are not able to accept CVs for any role. If you submit a CV it will not be reviewed. Please view our safer recruitment policy. Applicants should be aware that any relevant issues arising from their declarations and references will be addressed at interview.

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