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As an Employee

Our goal is to provide the best possible education for all local children and to do that, we employ a skilled workforce who are supported every step of the way. Recruiting and retaining an outstanding team and providing quality continuing professional development opportunities for all staff will ensure they have the skills to achieve this.

Current Vacancies

Payroll & Pensions Lead

We are looking for an experienced finance and or HR administrator to join our trust as Payroll and Pensions lead to:

  • Provide a bridge between HR and Finance on a daily basis
  • Facilitate and develop the payroll system, syncing with the HR activity
  • Manage and maintain pensions for the Trust
  • Contribute daily to the wider role of the finance team.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a values-driven Trust at an exciting stage in our development. You will be a key member of the Trust’s Finance Team, working closely with the CFO, and Finance Manager and HR lead to take responsibility for the payroll and pensions activity, a core role for the team as it supports all other business functions.

The Trust has grown since its inception from a single academy to three, creating exceptional life chances for over 2,800 children, with a workforce of 400 staff and an annual income of circ. £16.5 million. Further growth is planned in 2024/25.

We are looking for candidates who have worked in both the finance and education sector but are not limited to this alone. Whilst experience is highly valued by our recruitment process, there is the opportunity to gain domain-specific training in line with the role. Our finance function within the Trust is developing to deliver a highly competent and efficient service with an emphasis on a proactive and customer-focused offer to our school leaders and employees.

To Apply:

  1. Open the application form
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  2. Download the form and print it out
  3. ​​​​​​​Complete the application form 
  4. Save the form and either email it or post it to Equinox Learning Trust, Stoney Lane, Thatcham, Berkshire RG19 4LL​​​​​​​ before the closing date.

Closing Date: 9am on 3 June 2024

All prospective employees and volunteers will be subject to a full Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

You might also like to check our academies' website for vacancies:

We want to hear from you if you are committed to seeing children succeed. Please make contact with us regarding the potential of joining our Trust.

Our Central Team

A centralised support structure means teachers and leaders in our schools can focus on teaching and providing the best education for their pupils rather than worrying about things like invoices, contracts and recruitment. Thanks to economies of scale, our centralised team saves schools money and relieves some pressure on their staff, allowing them to focus on what they do best; providing a first-class education to our young people.

The central team includes Finance, HR, IT, Estates Management, Procurement, Governor Services and Data Management.


Our professional development is provided and led by trained and committed experts across our Trust and from partnerships with trusted accredited providers. For the full range of courses available to Trust staff, please get in touch with us >>>

Teaching Apprenticeships

We offer a comprehensive apprenticeship programme for both existing and new staff. Apprenticeships are not just for school-leavers. Apprenticeship frameworks range from Level 2 to Masters level, so there is no limit to where you can learn. Through our partnership with the Downland Alliance, we can fund NPQH, NPQSL, and NPQML programmes through our Teaching Apprenticeships Programme. Find out more information about Apprenticeships >>>


Our Staff Offer

Apart from the privilege of collaborating with talented colleagues, there are numerous reasons to find working for Equinox Learning Trust truly rewarding. We acknowledge the outstanding contributions of our employees in creating exceptional life opportunities for all, and we believe in reciprocating their dedication. Here are some additional benefits that contribute to the excellence of being part of our Trust.

Staff Wellbeing Support

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We have a range of support on offer to our employees, including a face-to-face counselling service and, where appropriate, access to a remote employee assistance service.

Financial Support

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Working in partnership with Education Support, staff can access financial grants service for teachers, teaching assistants, supply and support staff, as well as returned staff. 

Menopause Support Group

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As an organisation, we recognise our duty to support both women and men through this transition period in their lives. Guidance is available for all, as well as training for line managers and support groups.

Maternity/Paternity Leave
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Whilst expectant mothers and fathers (maternal or adoption) are entitled to maternity and parental leave as they move into the exciting chapter of parenthood, we also support the transference of leave between partners. 

Pension Scheme

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We offer our staff membership to the Local Government Pension Scheme or the Teachers' Pension Scheme, as appropriate. These are contributory pension schemes into which you pay a percentage of your salary whilst the Trust makes an additional contribution. Both schemes offer excellent benefits at retirement, and provide your loved ones with financial security in the event of your death or long-term ill-health.


Cycle to Work Scheme
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You choose a package, hire it for an agreed length of time, then snap it up for a fraction of its original value. It's like a year-round sale, with interest-free credit available in over 2,000 retailers nationwide.

Find out more >>>

FREE Flu Jab

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When it's that time of year when nights get darker, the temperature falls and nasty colds and flu start to raise their ugly heads, we team up with Boots to provide you with a free flu jab.

Leisure Centre Discount

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We are ideally located next to the Kennet Leisure centre, which has a swimming pool, fitness centre, courts as well as an array of classes. And we get a discounted membership rate - £31.99 a month for full membership, with no joining fee. It includes unlimited use of the gym, swimming pool, exercise classes and racket sports.

DISCOUNTED Vehicle Breakdown Cover

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In a time when the cost of living is increasing and money saving has become even more important, we've partnered with RAC Vehicle Benefits to offer our employees a substantially discounted offer for vehicle Breakdown Cover. 

Free Treats

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Through gemsatwork, employees are provided with treats and new products to try - all we need to do is either vote to receive the product or provide feedback.

DISCOUNTED Cinema Tickets

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We're part of the FilmPass Club, which entitles us to discounted tickets to the Empire, Cineworld of Odeon.


Continuous Professional Development
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As a developer of people, we want our colleagues to grow and develop with us, and we support professional studies such as the NPQs, Masters and specialist training.

In addition, we offer our own Trust Leadership Behaviour framework as a vehicle for professional growth for staff regardless of age/phase of their career.

FREE Porridge

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Often described as the King of breakfast, porridge has been hailed as one of the healthiest and most versatile foods to start your day with. It's high in antioxidants; releases energy slowly throughout the day; lowers cholesterol levels; and aids muscle recovery.

We've negotiated with our catering partner to ensure that all staff can start their day with FREE porridge (available between 8-8:45am). You just have to pay for the toppings.

FREE Office 365 & Adobe Creative Cloud

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All employees are eligible for both Microsoft's Office 365 software, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.

FREE IT Training Courses

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We partner with ISTEK UK to provide our employees with a range of training courses designed specifically for school staff. Delivered over the internet, they can be attended 'live' or in a recorded format and take the trainee through the course step-by-step.

Other Deals

As an employee in the education sector, there are various sites which offer discounts on a wide range of products/services (once you've signed up) so you can save £££s on various deals. Below are just a couple of such sites:

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Go to Discounts for Teachers site >>>

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