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News from the Shared Services Team

Recruitment

Over the last term, we have welcomed the following members of staff to the Shared Services team:

  • Anamaria Avasilcai – Finance Officer, Plymouth shared services team
  • Fi Boucher – Admissions Officer
  • Chris Jones – Regional Head of IT, Gloucestershire schools
  • Mandy Stewart – EA to Director of Resources and Executive Head of Shared Services.

They will bring much needed capacity to the team, and we are delighted to be able to add their skill sets and experience to our work. We congratulate Julia Milne on her successful application and look forward to her starting with on 1 September in the role of Regional Estates Manager for the South East.

The service continues to grow and upcoming opportunities will be posted on the Greenshaw Learning Trust website here.  We are expanding our regional model, so there will be roles across estates, finance, and HR advertised shortly.

Annual review

The annual review of Shared Services and how the team is supporting schools has been completed. Robert and Mandy were delighted that they were able to visit 17 of our 20 schools in person. COVID regulations thwarted visits to the last three schools, but those meetings with headteachers were completed virtually.  Feedback from this review will form the basis of the Shared Services' 2021/22 development plan. It was a breath of fresh air to go back into schools and see staff and students calmly going about business with a sense of purpose and determination. 

IT update

The recent announcement by the Prime Minister has confirmed our plans to return to the three Shared Services offices in Greenshaw High School (Sutton), Gloucester Academy (Gloucester) and Stoke Damerel Community College (Plymouth) from 19 July. These offices have been adapted to facilitate a more mobile Shared Services team and accommodate recent changes to the team’s working practices, including the increased use of video-conferencing. All Shared Services staff will have the option to work from home for up to two days per week, and so offices are being converted to facilitate hot-desking.

Our IT team has recently supported a school with a ransomware attack. This is an increasing problem, so we would ask all staff to be careful about clicking links in emails. For those members of staff using Google Drive, Google Mail etc, it is recommended that the two-step verification should be implemented and your school IT lead can advise and support with this.