HR & Payroll Officer



Grade SO1 (scale points 21 - 25). 

FTE starts at £29,517, actual salary for 25 hours starts at £20,498


Central offices, currently Cheam Common Junior Academy, 

Worcester Park

Contract Part time and permanent (25 hours per week, all year round)
Start Date As soon as possible

LEO Academy Trust is seeking to appoint a professional with comprehensive operational knowledge of HR and payroll practises to join its busy and thriving HR department. 

The successful postholder will be responsible for providing high-quality generalist HR services, including leading the payroll function. You will oversee the smooth running of key HR operations and you will play an integral part in the operational HR function for the Trust, supported by the Director of HR on strategic matters and your colleagues on transactional matters. You will have exceptional attention to detail, and uphold the non-negotiables of tact, diplomacy and confidentiality to provide an excellent HR service that reflects the Trust’s core values of Learning, Excellence and Opportunity. 


We can offer:

  • The opportunity to work within a growing and forward-thinking organisation, focused on delivering excellence and outstanding service to our staff. 

  • A supportive and team-focused culture within a small but growing department.

  • Commitment to offering ongoing professional development opportunities, with a focus on continuous improvement. 

  • The opportunity to make a real difference by contributing to and improving the Trust’s people processes. 

  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 24 days plus public holidays, and increasing after 5 years’ service. 

  • Access to external legal and HR consultancy support when needed. 

  • Employee benefits such as an Employee Assistance Programme, Local Government Pension Scheme with generous employer contributions, some flexible working. 

Please find out more about our Trust by visiting our website.  

Please apply for this position by completing an application form, detailing how you meet the aspects of the Job Description and Person Specification

Informal conversations are welcomed; please contact the Trust’s HR Team via  


Candidates are encouraged to submit their application forms as soon as possible. We reserve the right to withdraw this advert before the closing date on appointment of a suitable candidate.

Closing date for applications

28 January 2022

Shortlisting   28 January 2022
Interviews will be held WC 04 February 2022

At LEO Academy Trust, we are proud to serve over 3500 pupils from across the London Borough of Sutton. Our Trust was formed in 2015. Since then, we have developed a self-improving network of great learning communities formed from seven primary schools, supported by both our Inclusion & Wellbeing Hub and our Opportunity Hub. We are proud to provide endless opportunities for our pupils, staff and the local communities we are part of. With over 500 staff, our schools are empowered to support each other to improve both outcomes for our pupils, and to drive performance across the wider school system. We are delighted that our schools remain long standing members of the Challenge Partners Network of Excellence. Our commitment to Professional Development is ongoing; staff, governors and Trustees access training through our LEO CDP website, Judicium’s online learning portal and a wide ranging programme of courses delivered in our LEO Training Room and online via GoogleMeet. Learning, Excellence and Opportunity are at the heart of our Trust, embedded through our shared mission, values and aims.

LEO Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. All employees of the Trust are deemed to be in regulated activity with children and as such, all offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check amongst other checks as appropriate.

All shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a declaration regarding offences and have references requested (unless agreed otherwise), prior to the interview. 

LEO Academy Trust is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff and job applicants. We aim to create a supportive and inclusive working environment in which all individuals are able to make best use of their skills. Applications are invited from all members of the community. We do not discriminate against staff on the basis of age; race; sex; disability; sexual orientation; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; religion, faith or belief (Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics). The principles of non-discrimination and equality of opportunity also apply to the way in which staff and Trust treat visitors, volunteers, contractors and former staff members.