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HR Business Partner / HR Manager

Sussex Learning Trust
Billingshurst West Sussex
SLT Scale I/L £33,024 - £44,428 subject to experience (pro-rated if part-time or term time only)
Closing date
28 Apr 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time, Part Time / Job share
HR Jobs Level
Manager, Advisor, Business partner
Specialist Area
General HR Function, Employee Relations
CIPD Membership
CIPD Member

Job Details

Our organisation is growing and we're looking for an HR professional with the right skills and values to join our team. You will proactively support the development of our ‘people’ practices across the Trust; contributing to the provision of the highest possible educational opportunities for children and young people across our communities. We are looking for a team player who is equally able to work autonomously. You will be a positive, collaborative, robust and enthusiastic individual with a track record of advising and coaching managers to achieve effective people management solutions. Your ability to quickly build rapport and credibility and develop effective working relationships will compliment your flexible, outcome focused and resilient approach to supporting organisational change and development. 

You will either be: 

an experienced HR adviser or a HR business partner seeking an opportunity to be proactively involved in the development of an HR hub for a group of academies with potential opportunities for further professional development as the Trust continues to grow. 

Or a seasoned HR professional looking to play a lead role in developing an HR hub for a group of academies with opportunities for further professional development as the Trust continues to grow. 

You will provide a credible, customer focused, HR service to leadership teams and staff within a designated group of schools; working collaboratively with local leadership teams, providing efficient, professional and effective HR advice and strategies to facilitate the achievement of local and Trust objectives. You will also lead the provision of a high quality efficient and effective Trust HR Administration function for your group of schools and for coaching and developing line manager’s people management practice to guide them to effective solutions. Working closely with HR colleagues you will aid the development of systems and policies that are aligned with academy and Trust strategies and development plans. 

The specific job description will reflect your skills and experience. Copies of both the HR Business Partner and HR Manager job descriptions and person specifications can be found on our website . You will find details under the central trust services. 

In return we can offer you the opportunity to be part of a forward-thinking, supportive and positive HR team, where we will help you feel respected, valued and included. We'll support you with opportunities to shine, feel positive about Monday mornings and to gain further skills and experience to support your career development. We also recognise the commitments people have outside work, and in return for your hard work and commitment we can offer a degree of flexibility and support in how you achieve success in your role. As such, we welcome applications from individuals looking to work full time, part-time, term time only or all year round. 

Above all, at Sussex Learning Trust you'll have the chance to make a difference to the educational experience and outcomes for children across our communities. 

If this sounds like you, then contact our HR Director to find out more. To apply for this post please download the job description, person specification and application form from our website: 

Please return your completed application form and a letter supporting your application by email to 

Sussex Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Shortlisted candidates will be subject to an online check and the successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced DBS Check as well as other pre-employment checks. 


We advise applying promptly for this post as we reserve the right to close and interview early if sufficient suitable applications have been received.



Our Trust began as the Warden Park Academy Trust in 2011 when the successful Warden Park Secondary in Cuckfield became one of the first schools in the country to convert to academy status. Shortly afterwards Heyworth Primary School in Haywards Heath became a constituent part of the Trust and changed its name to Warden Park Primary Academy (WPPA). In 2014 Jonathan Morris joined as CEO and the Trust decided a name was needed to reflect the intention to reach out and partner with like-minded schools and academies. The transformation of WPPA from ‘special measures’ to the threshold of ‘outstanding’ has been remarkable and testament to outstanding leadership and the benefits of being in a Multi Academy Trust. Meanwhile Warden Park Secondary Academy (WPSA) has gone from strength to strength and is working towards an ‘outstanding’ accreditation at its next inspection.

In June 2023, SLT welcomed Woodgate Primary Academy (WGPA) into the Trust. The school moved into a fantastic new building and is anticipating welcoming increased pupil numbers as it joins the Trust.

The relationship between our Primary and Secondary academies is outstanding, providing excellent pedagogical and Professional Development links and opportunities for teachers, support staff and pupils to mix readily in shared learning projects with very desirable outcomes. The relationship can be defined as one of mutuality.

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