Emily Samson, Ms Edis' PA, on what she loves about her action-packed job - as well as the challenges
Emily Samson, Ms Edis' PA and right hand woman says no two days are ever the same working at Bolingbroke
As super-efficient PA to the principal Ms Edis, Emily Samson is probably a very familiar face to many of you. But what does her role entail, and what does she most enjoy about working at Bolingbroke? Here, Ms Samson tells us about her fast-paced job– and reveals her passion for Ms Lepherd’s chocolate brownies.
How long have you been in your current role?
Nearly a year - I joined in January 2019.
Where did you work previously?
I was at an independent school as Head’s PA/Registrar/School Secretary.
Describe the main responsibilities of your job
In my role as Ms Edis’ PA, I cover anything and everything she needs, in a nutshell! I manage her diary, book/minute meetings, manage the huge whole school calendar, create our twice-weekly staff bulletins (aptly named The EDISion), arrange Speech Day, Open Morning and other events, and am the link person for our brilliant Governors and Parents’ Association. I am also responsible for in-year admissions and helping co-ordinate the mammoth task of Year 7 offers and inductions.
Do you have such a thing as a typical day?
Absolutely not, ever! That’s one of the reasons why I like it so much.
What do you most enjoy about your job?
Off the top of my head… getting to apply my admin/organisational skills to something that genuinely interests me; making a positive contribution to the lives of children/young people and their parents; that no two days are the same; Ms Lepherd’s chocolate brownies; my lift fob; and of course working so closely with Ms Edis who is not paying me to say this! She is an absolutely incredible person and a real inspiration.
What are the most challenging aspects?
Not having enough hours in the day can be challenging, along with the pace which can be a shock to the system if you’re not used to it.
What do you like about working in a school, and Bolingbroke in particular?
I have worked in schools for 19 years, I was very fortunate to have had a really positive experience at school myself and hope that I can contribute to other children/young people having the same – albeit from behind the scenes. I am from Wandsworth, and went to St Annes primary school, and used to come to Bolingbroke when it was a hospital, so it has always been on my radar. It is a very exciting place to work, there is always so much going on and it was great to be here for my first experience of ‘results day’ in August to see the end result. It is the biggest school I have worked in, but it also has the biggest heart. There is a real sense of striving for the best for the pupils in every way, in whatever form that takes for them as individuals.
Was there anything that surprised you when you started your job?
My last school was a primary school with 80 pupils; it shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me that most of the Bolingbroke pupils are taller than me! The sheer number of people in the building make it a noisy place to work but I have developed excellent selective hearing.