Aquinas Church of England Education Trust

Gender Pay Statement

Gender Pay Gap Reporting March 2021

Difference in the mean hourly pay male to female:


Difference in the median hourly pay male to female:


Proportion of male and female employees who were paid bonus pay:


Proportion of male and female employees according to quartile pay bands:

Quartile 1 (Lower): Male 15.4% Female: 84.6%
Quartile 2 (Lower middle): Male 6.3% Female: 93.7%
Quartile 3 (Upper middle): Male 22.3% Female: 77.7%
Quartile 4 (Upper): Male 24.4% Female: 75.6%

Aquinas Church of England Education Trust is an employer required by law to carry out Gender Pay Reporting under the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017. An employer must comply with the regulations for any year where they have a headcount of 250 or more employees on the snapshot date. On 31st March 2021, Aquinas had 701 employees (120 male, 581 female) for the purposes of these calculations.

Aquinas is committed to ensuring that all staff receive equal pay for equal work regardless of gender. We follow the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document for setting Teachers’ pay, and the NJC for Local Government Services guidance for setting Associate Staff pay. We use a job evaluation scheme to determine the salary for a role. This ensures that roles of equal value are paid the same salary, i.e. men and women who carry out the same job, similar jobs, or work of equal value, are paid the same.

Our analyses show that there is a difference in the average and median pay between men and women. We attribute this to there being a higher percentage of female (82.88%) to male employees (17.12%), and of the 409 support staff across the Trust 87.29% are females, the majority of which are undertaking part time, term time only roles such as teaching assistants, administrators, cleaners etc. These roles align with a lower level of pay that is evaluated as appropriate to the relative responsibility and content of the job. 57.5% of the 120 posts held by male employees are teaching posts which demand a higher level of pay and account for the difference in the mean and median pay. Of the top 50 highest earners
64% are women.