Christ The King Primary School – a Living Wage employer
Christ the King is a multi-cultural Catholic Primary school, which is based in Finsbury Park. It has over 300 pupils, many of whom come from some of the most deprived areas in London. Many of their families live with food poverty and the school works hard to provide the pupils with as much help and support as they can, including working in partnership with Magic Breakfast, to give pupils a nutritious bagel to welcome them to school each day.
What’s the best part of being a Living Wage employer and how does it help your school?
Working alongside our cleaning and maintenance contractor, the school became accredited in 2014. It was important to the school to become accredited to ensure that our school and local community understood that we are committed to ensuring that everyone can earn a real living wage and help to end poverty. Everyone who works for one of our contractors benefits as well, as we expect all staff contracts to include a commitment to paying employees a living wage.
The best part of being a living wage employer is that we know we are doing something, however small, that makes a difference. The process was easy and we were supported by both Islington Council and our main contractor, Schools Office Services, during the accreditation period.
What would you say to other schools/businesses in Islington that are thinking of becoming Living Wage employers?
We would say to other employers that this is a no brainer, its easy to do and gives an amazing amount back to help raise people from poverty.