HR Officer / HR Lead

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Type of Position:HR Officer / HR Lead
School:Twynham Learning Core Services
Salary:Dependant on experience (see advert wording for full details)
Start Date:ASAP
Closing Date: 26th Sept 2022 at 8am

Start date


Contract type

Full time, 37 hours per week. Work pattern can be mutually agreed.

41 weeks per year (term-time plus INSET days and 2 weeks of school holidays working)

Contract term



Grade 8 (HR Officer) or Grade 9 (HR Lead)

Pay (per annum)

Starting salary depends on experience:

For an experienced candidate who can fulfil the HR Lead responsibilities, the starting salary is £25,927 (FTE), £23,869 (pro rata),

For a less experienced candidate appointed initially as an HR Officer, the starting salary will be £23,953 (FTE), £22,052 (pro rata)

In both cases, the salary will increase to £30,095 (FTE), £27,706 (pro rata) through service and satisfactory performance.


Predominantly office-based at our Twynham Learning Core Services offices (co-located with The Grange School, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 3AU).


About the Posts


Are you an HR professional who is motivated by making a difference to the lives of children our local community? This is a rare opportunity to join a small team providing specialist HR support to a group of six local academy schools and their support functions, totalling 600 staff. The role is part of a friendly and professional wider Core Services team who lead on Finance, Estates, IT, Risk, Governance and HR for our Trust. It reports to the HR Manager, and involves working closely with school leaders and school-based support staff who co-ordinate their own local transactional HR and recruitment activity.


The purpose of this role is to take the lead on operational HR activity, and support strategic HR initiatives for our Trust, using a commercial mindset. You will give specialist HR advice to leaders/managers in line with our HR policies and employment law/statutory guidance and produce HR metrics data to help shape our leaders’ decision-making.


You’ll collaborate with our school-based support staff to achieve excellence in delivery of their day-to-day HR administrative tasks, and take ownership for more complex HR activities, including formal employee relations cases, occupational health referrals and restructures.


You’ll use platforms, including our intranet and social media, for internal communications and to reinforce our employer brand in our communities. Your overall goal will be to contribute to making Twynham Learning a great place to work, attracting the best available candidates, which in turn supports us in our aim of providing a world class education to our learners and growing our Trust.


You will be predominantly office-based, working full-time during school term-time (including INSET days), plus two weeks in the school holidays (that’s 11 non-working weeks per year during the school holiday periods). We understand that you’ll want to balance your work and home lives, so we are open to agreeing a work pattern that works for us and you.


Who we are looking for


We are looking to appoint one candidate to either an HR Lead or HR Officer post, depending on their experience. The HR Lead post will be available to experienced candidates who can already fulfil the majority of the requirements of the job description. However, we are also offering this as a development opportunity for an HR professional who we could support and train to fulfil the job description duties – in which case they would initially be appointed as HR Officer (grade 8), with a clear progression pathway to the HR Lead role (grade 9).


In either case, we are looking for a candidate with a proven track record in HR role(s), e.g. HR administration, employee relations, recruitment/onboarding or a generalist HR position. Being CIPD qualified would be beneficial, but not essential. You will have strong IT and data analysis skills and be keen to improve and streamline HR processes. You will also have up-to-date HR knowledge and be passionate about employee voice, wellbeing, equality, diversity and inclusion at work. You will be a confident, self-starter who is skilled at communicating with staff at all levels who operates in a highly professional and discrete manner.


Any questions?


To discuss the post or your application, please contact Twynham Learning HR on 01202 402789 or email us at


How to apply


To apply for this vacancy, please submit an application form by email to: Only applications on the Twynham Learning official ‘Application Form – Non-Teaching Posts’ will be accepted. You can download the form here:



Twynham Learning is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and inclusiveness. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. Only people who can evidence their right to work in the UK will be considered for this vacancy. We are committed to robust Safer Recruitment processes as part of our strong commitment to safeguard children and young people. An enhanced criminal records check will be undertaken on the successful candidate. Candidates must disclose all unprotected spent and unspent cautions and convictions. It is an offence to apply for this post if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity with children.

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