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Solent Academies Trust

Our Trust has a strong Central Team who provide an excellent professional service supporting our Academies and allowing them more time to focus on teaching and learning. We have a strong Human Resource team supporting our Principals and our wider Trust with recruitment, contracts, employee relations, strategic planning, organisational change, continuing professional development, wellbeing, policy development, absence management, TUPE and much more. The team is led by our Director of People, Culture and Development who has over 30 years’ experience of supporting schools and academies through complex operational and strategic scenarios, and she is supported by a very experienced Trust HR Lead, an HR Adviser and a Recruitment and Admin Officer who all provide an effective and efficient service for Senior Leadership.

"I would like to give a shout out to the HR team. I really appreciate them, they are very supportive, informative, flexible and kind. They are always available to answer our questions, to listen to concerns and will give their time to provide an excellent service to the staff of Littlegreen Academy. There are too many occasions to mention. I absolutely could not have done my job without them. Our pupils benefit from having well supported staff and they also appreciate the relationships that are nurtured through community activities such as the business breakfast and the Bake Off' Louise Isa-Grada, Littlegreen Principal

  Finance Offer

  • Reserves are prioritised for strong sustainability & direct benefit for pupils
  • Increased economies of scale through bulk purchase
  • Reduced cost of initial investment for new systems
  • Procurement management centrally
  • Lower service cost for existing Academies/Trust
  • Integrated HR/ Finance budgeting software
  • Efficient use of software to reduce human workload
  • Accurate, efficient managed payroll service, Payroll Assurance Scheme approved (Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals)

Advancing Technologies

  • In-house specialist IT provision with rapid response
  • Extensive IT experience supporting special schools
  • Integrated trust based management information systems facilitating efficiencies & reducing staff workload
  • High quality experience for all stakeholders
  • Strategic focus ensures fit for purpose infrastructure now and in the future
  • Technologies that support agile/ blended learning & working
  • Expert management of the life cycle of all equipment linked to our strategic financial planning
  • Robust asset management

Compliance Support 

  • Access to expert legal advice
  • Dedicated Data Protection Officer
  • In-house Health & Safety/ Compliance Lead facilitating site/ school leaders to implement robust systems that meet regulatory & statutory compliance
  • Governance Professional: advice, support & clerking for local governance and the Trust Board
  • Website compliance checks, internally & externally through School Improvement Partner

Additional Offer

  • Trust Senior Director of School School Improvement & Safeguarding
  • Enrichment Leader facilitating the wider curriculum development offer & offsite curriculum enrichment
  • Trust Estates & Fleet Support 
  • Media/ Press Office Support
  • Specialist Health & Safety Consultancy
  • In-house audit & review