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Supplier Expectations

As a publicly funded school, we aim to ensure all procurement decisions are transparent, fair and achieve value for money.

We have high expectations of our suppliers for both the service and goods they supply and the integrity they operate to. We prefer to use trusted suppliers who value a relationship with us and provide a level of service that matches our world-class ambition. 

Our ideal supplier would: -

  • Take time to understand our school and the environment it works within so it can use its expertise to provide advice and guidance in procurement decisions;
  • Be responsive and proactive to the school’s needs providing, where appropriate, alternative solutions at different price points;
  • Work with the school to achieve and retain the world-class educational centre we aspire to by providing a relationship service based with a key point of contact;
  • Have the integrity to suggest alternative suppliers when their own solutions do not represent good procurement solutions;
  • Be transparent over ownership and control with clarity over the type of business (Sole Trader, Partnership or Company) and disclose annually, any links with the school which could be considered to influence any procurement decisions;
  • Have undertaken full “Safeguarding” checks on their staff that will work in schools including DBS (typically with Barred List checks) and career history checks.

The school expects to trade under it’s normal terms and conditions.  Where we agreed alternative terms and conditions, or formal contracts are subsequently agreed, any clauses which, in the school's reasonable opinion, are unfair or unreasonable or would not allow the school to meet its responsibilities in the spending of public money, will not apply.