School Place Planning Officer

Job specification

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Fixed Term Contract - April 2024 - March 2025
£40,221 p.a. plus benefits
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At Swindon Borough Council, we want our town to be the best it can be. Our ambitious vision is supported by realistic transformation programmes, with the people of Swindon at their heart. Because that’s who we’re doing it for – the communities and businesses that make our town great. As part of the Council, you’ll support a friendly local authority making decisions with real impact. It’s all for better public services. Better processes. And a better quality of life, for everyone. Join us, and Swindon will be better with you.

Your next role

This is an exciting time to join the Education Place Planning Team. We have a clear vision of what we want the future to look like.  The success of our vision depends on supporting residents to access the many services provided by the Council, involving taking a strategic view of the education organisational needs of the Council, and ensuring the efficient and effective delivery of all aspects of this service, including ensuring there are sufficient school places within the Borough.

As a key member of the Education Place Planning Team, the role involves undertaking a range of planning functions, including primary, secondary place planning, the client role for the implementation of building schemes, the delivery of education reorganisations, and many Capital projects for primary and secondary phases, but also for special educational needs. This involves taking the strategic lead role for long-term planning for education in Swindon and ensuring that the implications of future demand is thoroughly researched and planned for, leading on the School Place Planning Strategy and to secure the effective implementation and delivery of the key initiatives set out in the Strategy.

The Team works closely with a number of partners and stakeholders, including schools, other Directorates such as Planning, Architecture and Construction, Property and Legal services, Localities, Council Members, Capita, and the DfE.

Person specification:

  • You’ll have excellent and successful customer service skills
  • You’ll have extensive experience of working with Schools, Governing Bodies, Members and other customers in a constructive way with excellent stakeholder management skills
  • You’ll be keen to work as part of a team but also on your own initiative
  • You’ll be conscientious, willing to go that extra mile and take responsibility and accountability for your area of work
  • You’ll have excellent and proven communication and interpersonal skills
  • You’ll be able to use IT packages and will be able to analyse and interpret data
  • You’ll have attention to detail with strategic vision

You must be fluent in the English language (as a requirement of Part 7 of the Immigration Act “for the effective performance of a customer-facing role”).

Your next package

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As an employee, you will receive a diverse and exciting environment in which to work, encouraging creativity and innovation whilst recognising the need to support ongoing personal development and a flexible work life balance.

For Swindon to thrive in the future, we need to lay the foundations now. It’s why our regeneration and transformation programmes are already underway. So, you’ll be joining us at an exciting time on our journey. We’ll look to you to share your knowledge, influence decisions and drive real, positive change. With your contributions, we’ll achieve our vision of a prosperous, re-vitalised Swindon together. And you’ll be proud to say it was made better with you.

Please see our Vision and Values page for more details.

Your next steps

Read the role profile and select the Apply button where you will be redirected to the Swindon Borough Council website to complete our online application process. Clicking the ‘Apply’ button on this job website is not an application, you must register on the Swindon Borough Council website in order to be considered for the role.

Potential applicants are sometimes put off if they don’t meet 100% of the requirements. We think individual experience, skills and passion make all the difference, so if you meet the majority of the criteria, we’d love to hear from you.

For further information about the role, please contact Emily Heaton on 07747 763939 or alternatively email

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