Welcome to your new role in Wyvern Academy. Whether this is your first post, or you’ve changed role this webpage aims to provide you with quick and easy access to the most useful information relating to your new employment.

As a member of staff at Wyvern you will need to understand many policies, procedures and principles in your everyday work. The essential ones you need before starting are all contained here but of course there are many others which you will be pointed to as and when necessary.

In addition there are links here regarding training, pensions, wellbeing, and trade union membership amongst other things. It is important for you to keep up to date with changes to systems, policies or processes available and to attend relevant training sessions where applicable.

I hope that you find this information useful and that it supports you in your new role. Together we are one team.

Very best wishes,

Bruce Douglas, Headteacher


Teachers: click here for the Teachers’ Pensions website and how to register online

Support Staff: Wyvern offers membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) which provides excellent benefits to support you and your family during your retirement. Membership is automatic if you are in a contracted position, and contributions are made by both you and Wyvern Academy.

The Local Government Pension Scheme is one of the most generous pension schemes in the UK. It is a salary-related, defined benefit scheme and will not be affected by stock market changes or performance of investments.

Click here for more information.


At Wyvern we know that the wellbeing of our staff is vital to ensuring a happy, healthy and productive workforce who will then provide the best for the children that we serve. We take staff wellbeing and mental health very seriously indeed and offer in-house debriefing and supervision wherever necessary.

Maintaining good health day to day is the best way to manage your wellbeing. If you’re finding life difficult because of how you feel, or have an issue with your physical health, seeking help early is often the key to getting back on track.

For specialised and totally confidential wellbeing advice and guidance contact:

Email: staffcounselling@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 224266

For Occupational Health advice regarding:

  • fitness for work
  • sickness absence
  • workplace adaptations
  • return to work planning
  • ill-health retirement
  • health promotion

Email: occupationalhealth@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Full contact details for Occupational Health


At Wyvern we pride ourselves in the quality and quantity of opportunities for professional development, from the basic training that all staff receive, such as behaviour management, to the more bespoke courses and qualifications such as rebound therapy and hydrotherapy pool lifesaver.

Training takes place during school inset days and during twilight meetings which take place regularly after school. Much is lead by in-house trainers although external trainers are brought in as required.

As a minimum all staff receive the following training:

  • Behaviour management
  • Safeguarding – Child Protection, Keeping Children Safe in Education, Adult Safeguarding, Safer Working Practice, Prevent
  • Medical – Infection Control, Administration of Meds, Epilepsy Awareness
  • Code of Conduct
  • Whistleblowing
  • E-Safety
  • Health and Safety – Moving and Handling, Risk Assessment, Fire Safety

Other bespoke training provided as required includes but is not limited to:

  • Rebound (trampoline) Therapy
  • Aquatic Therapy Shallow Pool Award (ATSPRA)
  • Specific medical training for individual pupils
  • Minibus driving
  • Food Hygiene
  • Hoist training
  • and many more


Below is a list of useful policies and procedures (the full range of policies is available from the clerk to the trustees Kathy Schofield). Click on each for further information regarding each policy; most links take you to a Dorset Council webpage as we generally adopt their policies for our use as part of our Service Level Agreement:


You can download and read the relevant terms of appointment document from the list below:


Documents to download and bring into school before you start:

  • The Starter Declaration form containing bank details etc.
  • Your P45 from your last employer. If you don’t have it yet, please bring this in as soon as possible to ensure that you are not taxed at the wrong rate
  • The Health Declaration form – any offer of employment made will be subject to satisfactory medical clearance. If you answer Yes to any of the questions please inform the school who will provide a pre-medical form
  • DBS Documents – any offer of employment made will also be subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS with barred list check. In accordance with this, please can you bring three forms of identification, one of which must contain your full address and, if applicable, proof of any change of name. These can be any of the following:
    • Current photo card driving licence, passport including photograph or full birth certificate
    • Utility bill or financial statement
    • Change of name documentation, i.e. deed poll or marriage certificate
  • Eligibility to work in the UK – bring with you appropriate documentation, such as your passport, to prove that you are eligible to work in the UK. See Home Office website for further information
  • Qualifications – We also ask that you bring original documents confirming any educational and professional qualifications that are relevant to this post. Please note if you are unable to provide original documentation or certified copies then we will require written confirmation of your relevant qualifications from the awarding body.



Are you confused about which teachers’ union to join? Visit the TES website for a summary of the main unions to help make your decision easier.

Support staff

Unions and their network of workplace reps help working people every day.  Unions help to make sure that we are safe at work, protecting jobs, pushing for higher pay, and helping members to access learning and training.

The more people there are in a union, the stronger it is. The stronger your union, the more likely they are to achieve better pay deals and working conditions for you. Your voice has more weight when you join with colleagues and speak together.

Join a union