The school aims to provide for both pupils and staff an environment in which all individuals are valued and which demonstrates the importance of wholeness and quality of life. The Headteacher and governing body will seek to ensure that all staff are valued and receive proper recognition for their work and contribution to school life. All pay decisions, including annual reviews, will be undertaken in the context of the school’s policies for managing the performance of its staff.

The governing body will avoid direct or indirect discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, race, colour, religion, nationality and ethnic or racial origins.

Equal Opportunities

The governing body seeks to provide equal employment opportunities for all staff. At all times the governing body will adhere to the relevant legislation, including the Equal Pay Act and the Equality Act 2010.

All vacant posts, including temporary and acting posts will be advertised both internally and externally.

Contracts of employment

Contracts and letters of appointment are provided to all staff by the Headteacher and or the governing body. The written statement of particulars will state the grade and salary of the post.

The Headteacher and governing body will be prepared to consider individuals wishing to vary their contract and hours of work. This needs to be put in writing to the Headteacher and governors who will consider the matter and write back with reasons for their decision.

Staff may have access to their personnel record at any time as long as the school’s Headteacher or Chair of governors as appropriate is given at least 24 hours written notice. Records will be confidential. Individuals shall not remove anything from the file or take photocopies but may take notes.

Teaching Staff

All members of the teaching staff are required to participate in arrangements made for performance review in accordance with their conditions of employment and the Education (School Teacher Appraisal) (England).