Adding value at Kings Monkton

The business

Kings Monkton is an independent day school in Cardiff, catering for children aged three to 18. Initially an amalgamation of two of Cardiff’s oldest schools, Kings Monkton has carved itself a strong reputation for academic excellence and an inclusive and innovative educational environment.


The brief

As a business operating in a tightly regulated setting, Kings Monkton needed ongoing, expert HR support from a provider with an understanding of not simply employment law, but also wider regulations in an education context. A fast-moving business, the school also needed day-to-day retained HR support that blended seamlessly with its existing in-house team.


Our approach

Our initial focus was getting to know the school so that we had first-hand insight into its processes and the strict regulatory framework within which it operates. We knew the business worked to the highest standards, so ensuring absolute compliance was paramount.
Initially, we drew up employment contracts and developed a suite of bespoke policy and procedures materials, as well as tailored advisory materials for specific HR situations.
As the relationship has developed, we now act as an extension of their team, providing on-demand support, supporting projects, and leading on-site HR meetings on a retained basis. Most recently, we supported the business with a complex TUPE process, following a management buy-out.

In Kings Monkton’s words

“Kings Monkton works to strictly regulated standards which naturally impacts our HR needs. EST took the time to get to know our school so that its team could tailor advice appropriately to encompass wider regulations, rather than just focusing on employment law. Our need for HR advice has covered all aspects of the employment relationship, including reviewing and writing contracts, HR policies and procedures, hands-on involvement in employee relations and wider project work. EST has handled each of these requirements seamlessly and with the utmost expertise and professionalism.”