Chulmleigh Academy Trust

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  • Small Group Open Events October 2021

    Due to Devon being in a Covid Enhanced Response Area until 4th October, we have taken the difficult decision to change the way we conduct our open events by replacing the College Open Evening on Tuesday 21st September with a wide range of smaller and more personal events. We are very keen to meet prospective parents/carers and pupils and are delighted to be able to offer a ‘package’ of Covid-safe opportunities to help inform your choice of secondary school for September 2022.
    Small group tours – wide range of dates available
    We are offering small group tours with our Executive Headteacher Michael Johnson, Deputy Executive Headteacher Neil Payne and SENDCO Laura Mackie. After school for those who may not be able to visit in working hours and morning tours for those who wish to visit during a normal school day.  Being able to see the school ‘in action’ provides an excellent window into what we offer here at Chulmleigh College, and with the tours being led by our Senior Leadership Team in a small group environment, you will have ample opportunities to ask any questions you may have. 
    We are offering a wide range of dates for these tours, please click on the links below to book.
    After school tours: Morning tours:
    Year 6 Taster Morning Saturday 16th October 9am-12pm We are delighted to be able to offer prospective pupils the chance to attend a Taster Morning at the College, where they will experience a range of lessons and activities.


Staffing and Employment Policy

Statement of intent

We provide a high staffing ratio to ensure that children have sufficient individual attention and to guarantee care and education of a high quality.  Our staff are all qualified and are checked for criminal records through the DBS in accordance with Ofsted's requirements, to ensure that children and their parents are offered high quality care and education.


  • To meet this aim we use the following ratios of adult to child:

       -           children aged 2 years of age:        1 adult : 4 children

       -           children aged 3/4years:                  1 adult : 8 children

  • A minimum of two staff are on duty at any one time.
  • We use a key person system to ensure that each child and their family have a particular member of staff to go to for any discussions and consultations.
  • We hold regular staff meetings to undertake curriculum planning and to discuss children's progress, their achievements and any difficulties which may arise from time to time.
  • We work towards offering equality of opportunity by using non-discriminatory procedures for staff recruitment and selection.
  • All staff have job descriptions which set out their roles and responsibilities.
  • We welcome applications from all sections of the community.  Applicants will be considered on the basis of their suitability for the post, regardless of marital status, age, gender, culture, religious belief, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.  Applicants will not be placed at a disadvantage by us imposing conditions or requirements which are not justifiable.
  • Our Early Years staff hold the relevant level 3 or level 2 qualifications in Early Years and Childcare.
  • We provide regular in-house training to all staff on Safeguarding or other.
  • Our preschool budget allocates resources to training.
  • We provide staff induction training in the first week of employment.  This induction includes our Health and Safety Policy and Procedures and Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures.  Other policies and procedures will be introduced within an induction plan.
  • We support the work of our staff by holding regular supervision meetings and annual appraisals.
  • We are committed to recruiting, appointing and employing staff in accordance with all relevant legislation and best practice.
  • We use Ofsted guidance on obtaining references and criminal record checks through the DBS for staff and volunteers who will have substantial access to children.