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HR Partner - Plymouth


HR Partner - Plymouth
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HR Partner  - Plymouth

Salary:  TSAT G Scale (£41,768-£47,009 per annum) 

Hours: 37 hours per week, 52 weeks per year

Location:  Plymouth (travel required across the South West)

Closing date:  11:59 pm on Sunday 23rd January 2022

Interviews: 1st Stage remote interviews on Tuesday 1st February 2022 and face to face interviews on Thursday 3d February 2022


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The Role

We are looking for an experienced HR practitioner to join our team as a HR Business Partner to provide an operational and strategic focused HR service to our schools.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join us at a really exciting time for our Trust, as we continue to grow in the South West and enhance the professional services that we provide.

This role is based in Plymouth however you will be required to travel to other schools in the South West area as the Trust continue to grows.

You will work closely with senior school leaders and build relationships with key stakeholders to design and deliver strategies to meet the people objectives of the Trust.

You will be influential in driving change whilst playing a key role in the development of our growing family of schools in the South West. You will lead on the HR service offering by utilising your expertise and being the main point of contact for school leadership teams on matters relating to people polices, practices and principles, offering advice guidance and support.  

Watch video below from our Head of HR Lucy Chapman to find out more about  our team and the services we offer to our schools 


What you will need to succeed:

For further details please see the attached job description 

  • Extensive HR Knowledge with a CIPD Level 7 qualification ( or working towards)
  • Previous Education experience is desirable 
  • Be able to manage and influence stakeholders and develop effective working relationships to enable a first-class HR service 
  • Experience of succession planning and talent management 
  • Experience of implementing talent and performance management practices
  • Experience of leading on HR change projects such as restructures, TUPE and HR policies 
  • Ability to analyse and report on data as well as drive change as a result of that analysis
  • Support the recruitment and resourcing plans for our school with the support of our recruitment team and business managers
  • Autonomy to plan your own work load and lead the HR service in the South West
  • Ability to travel to sites in Portsmouth and Kent for occasional

Our Trust

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust is a family of schools consisting of both primary and secondary schools across Kent, Hampshire and Devon. 

We believe that every young person in our community deserves to have the best opportunities at life regardless of their individual circumstances.

Education is the key to transforming life chances and we support and develop every member of our community to:

  • Think about their Thinking
  • Be their Best self
  • Shape their Success
In this way we transform life chances 

View our Trust video to gain an insight into The Thinking Schools Academy Trust and click here to read more about our Trust


What you will get from The Thinking Schools Academy Trust:

  • The opportunity to join a growing organisation during an extremely exciting time, with the opportunity for progression as the Trust grows in size
  • Membership to the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • The successful applicant will also have access to the local government pension scheme and an annual leave entitlement of 26 days, increasing to 30 after 5 years of continuous service
  • A fun, hardworking and welcoming team who enjoy supporting each other
  • Vast support network from senior leaders within the school and our Trust
  • A 24/7 employee assistance programme which provides counselling and support / advice on a wide array of areas

Next Steps

This is a fantastic opportunity to join us at a really exciting time for the HR team, as we continue to grow and enhance the professional services that we provide. If you are interested in joining our growing Multi-Academy Trust and developing your career, please apply today!

If you would like to arrange an informal conversation to discuss the role in more detail please contact Simon Arnold via email - 

Early applications are encouraged and we reserve the right to close the vacancy early if a suitable candidate is found.

If you experience any issues in applying for this role via our careers site, please email 

If this position  is not quite right for you, but you would be interested for any other positions within our Trust please click here to join our Talent Pool.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.



The following documents are available relating to this vacancy:

HR Partner Job Description.pdf


Please note that applications are submitted through our recruitment provider Jane Systems via