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Reach Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and offers of employment are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure and other employment checks. The school is committed to equality and diversity in employment practice and service delivery.






Reach Academy also recognises that everyone has the right to live a life of choice and opportunity and welcomes all applications. A person’s criminal record, in itself, will not debar that person from being appointed to this post. Suitable applicants will not be refused posts because of offences which are not relevant to, and do not place them at, or make them a risk in, the role for which they are applying.

After the shortlisting stage, before the face to face interview, candidates will be given the opportunity to disclose their criminal record. All cases will be examined on an individual basis, taking the following into consideration: 

·         Whether the conviction is relevant to the position applied for.

·         The seriousness of any offence revealed.

·         The age of the applicant at the time of the offence(s).

·         The length of time since the offence(s) occurred.

·         Whether the applicant has a pattern of offending behaviour.

·         The circumstances surrounding the offence(s), and the explanation(s) offered by the person concerned.

·         Whether the applicant's circumstances have changed since the offending behaviour.

The amendments to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (2013 and 2020) provides that when applying for certain jobs and activities, certain convictions and cautions are considered ‘protected'. This means that they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Guidance about whether a conviction or caution should be disclosed can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.

It is important that applicants understand that failure to disclose all ‘unspent’ convictions, could result in disciplinary proceedings or dismissal. Further advice and guidance on disclosing a criminal record can be obtained from Nacro and Unlock.