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Suffolk Academies Trust is currently comprised of One Sixth Form College in Ipswich and Abbeygate Sixth Form College in Bury St Edmunds.

Together with West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds, we have formed the Eastern Colleges Group, which is a collective of visionary post-16 education providers. Sharing the same ambitious strategic aims, we are committed to providing outstanding vocational and academic excellence to over 15,000 students across the region.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, gender, gender reassignment, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age in accordance with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

SAT and WSC are committed to safeguarding children and safer recruitment practices and will undertake all the required pre-employment checks on the successful candidate including an enhanced DBS Disclosure.

All data will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018.

Benefits

We are proud to be able to offer our staff the following:

Competitive salaries 

  • Which take into account market rates as well as individual experience and qualifications.

Pension Scheme 

  • We offer two pension schemes: the Teachers Pensions Scheme for Teaching Staff, and the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) for Support Staff. These excellent schemes include a lump sum payment, annual pension and ill-health provision.

Generous Annual Leave  

  • Most of our staff work term-time only. However, those who work on full-year contracts benefit from an annual leave entitlement, which is above the statutory amount; this entitlement increases with length of service.

Development and Recognition

  • We are committed to professional learning, CPD opportunities are offered internally and via external providers as well.
  • Regular appraisals support performance and provide access to development that is tailored to individual needs and aspirations.
  • We hold an annual awards event to celebrate the significant contribution our staff make in supporting the success of the college.

Family-Friendly Policies

  • Occupational maternity, paternity and adoption leave which are higher than the statutory levels.
  • Compassionate leave may be granted for emergencies or in the event of a death or serious illness of a close family member.

Health and Wellbeing

  • Our Employee Assistance Programme which includes: telephone Suffolk Academies Trust counselling, online health portal and a 24 hour helpline offering professional advice on a wide range of issues (including finance, legal, family issues and medical information). This confidential support service can be utilised by our staff and their immediate family members.
  • Free access to on-site fitness suite.
  • Weekly wellbeing activities run on site, including Zumba, Circuits and Badminton.

Equality and Diversity 

  • We recognise the benefits associated with having a diverse workforce, and pride ourselves on our inclusive culture. We hold an annual Diversity Day to promote and celebrate difference. We also offer quiet and private multi-faith facilities and prayer room.

Participation

  • We value the contribution of our staff and believe that their views and ideas are integral to shaping the future of Suffolk Academies Trust.
  • The college works closely with our recognised Trade Unions – NEU, NASUWT and UNISON.
  • Our Leadership Team have an open door policy and a flatter management structure gives all staff closer access to the Executive.
  • We hold an annual staff survey in order to capture staff views and benchmark these against the best UK organisations.

Vacancies

Browse our current vacancies and apply online

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