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Key Information

Our stewardship of public funds and resources will always be open to scrutiny and above reproach.

Our Trust wholly accepts our educational, legal and moral duties. In essence, our Trust is accountable to schools and schools accountable to the Trust.

Key Information

Please find below information on our Annual Circlular, policies, safeguarding, governance information, our core offer, annual reports and financial statements and gender pay gap report.


The Circle Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone who is part of The Circle Trust.

Railton Blyth – Director of Safeguarding

Effective child protection is essential as part of wider work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. The Circle Trust ensures that robust and effective safeguarding practice is followed by:

  • Ensuring safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children and young people
  • Raising awareness of safeguarding and child protection to all stakeholders
  • Equipping children and young people with the skills needed to keep them safe
  • Implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases of abuse
  • Supporting children and young people who have been abused in accordance with their child protection plan
  • Establishing a safe environment in which children and young people can learn and develop

All appointments are subject to enhanced DBS clearance and satisfactory employment references. To view the Circle Trust Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy – please click here.

Note 10c to the Trust’s financial statements for the year ended 31 August 2023 sets out the number of employees whose salary and other taxable benefits (excluding employer pension costs) exceeded £60,000 during that year.  This note has been extracted from those financial statements and is reproduced below.

c) Higher paid staff
The number of employees whose employee benefits (excluding employer pension costs) exceeded £60,000 was:

2023 – No.2022 – No.2021 – No.
In the band £60,001 – £70,000762
In the band £70,001 – £80,000632
In the band £80,001 – £90,000121
In the band £90,001 – £100,0002
In the band £130,0001 – £140,00011
In the band £150,001 – £160,0001

Retirement benefits are accruing for the higher paid employees. Contributions in the period totalled £282 060 (2022 – £218 333, 2021 – £115 574).

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