Members X 2

Job Title: Members X 2
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Sheffield
Salary: Unpaid/Voluntary
Reference: Tapton School Academy Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 30, 2018 11:12

Job Description

Tapton School Academy Trust (TSAT), seeks two members to join its board. Board meetings are held in Sheffield.

About the Trust 

The Tapton School Academy Trust (TSAT) currently consists of three secondary and five primary academies, which are responsible for over 6000 learners from three years to 19 years and over 850 staff across the multi-academy trust (MAT).

TSAT exists to support schools in all phases to build upon their existing strengths and to achieve rapid improvement. The trust has extensive experience of school-to-school support, in school leadership and has both converter and sponsored academies.

TSAT was formed in 2012 when Tapton School was asked to sponsor Chaucer School. Since that time Southey Green, Meynell and Wisewood Primaries along with Forge Valley Secondary have been sponsored and Hillsborough and Hallam Primaries have each chosen to convert and join the trust.

Plans for the Future

The key challenges for the board over the next 12-24 months are:

  1. Managing Growth: the trust is planning to add more primary schools and are in discussion with one school at the moment.
  2. Outcomes for students are not high enough in some TSAT academies based in the most deprived areas. The trust is focused on driving-up attainment in these areas to meet the excellent outcomes seen in other TSAT academies.
  3. Finances: whilst the trust is in an overall surplus position, the money has to work harder each year to meet commitments and raise standards. Consequently, the overall trust’s surplus has reduced this year. The Board has taken decisions to rationalize some services and capitalize on economies of scale but this needs more careful oversight and challenge going forward.

The first priority for the trust is that all academies progress and become ‘Outstanding’ schools. Longer term, the trust would like to grow: to support and learn from schools that choose to join it.

Trust Ethos & Values 

The original vision for Tapton School was that every one of the learners deserved a first class education in an outstanding school. This was achieved in 2007 when the school was judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and was repeated in January 2013.

  • Every school that has joined the trust shares the mission and vision for TSAT:
  • Learners are treated as individuals; 
  • Every one of the trust learners will have the opportunity to leave their schools fully prepared for successful lives.
  • All trust staff will feel valued and be enabled to become exceptional professionals.
  • At the heart of all the Trust endeavours is outstanding teaching, high quality learning and highly effective support for individual learner needs.
  • The Trust’s unrelenting focus on progress for every learner and engagement with every family will be the touchstone for the work in every TSAT Academy. 
  • A culture exists across TSAT of high trust, high support and low threat with common values and a shared moral compass.
  • Developing high quality local leadership that ensures the fit to local conditions and needs within carefully constructed structures and approaches.
  • The trust has a commitment to the development of high quality learning locally and regionally and this outward face will help to drive the improvement in TSAT.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 2

Roles 1 & 2 – Member

A member is able to alter the trust’s Articles of Association and appoint (or remove) trustees/directors where necessary. They provide independent oversight to the work of the board of trustees in order to ensure suitable accountability for its decision making and strategy. At Tapton School Academy Trust the members are expected to be signatories for the academy trust and to add to the already broad skillset within the existing team of members.

The competencies required for this role include:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Change Management
  • Growth Management
  • Succession Planning
Person Specification

Candidates will possess some experience of prior non-executive director or trustee roles and have a demonstrable track record of offering oversight in similar roles. Experience in the non-profit or charity sector is highly-sought, as well as an ability to demonstrate strategic thinking in terms of an organisation’s long-term planning.

Time Commitment

1 hour per month (on average)

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board meetings are held at Tapton School, Darwin Lane, Sheffield, S10 5RG.

Governance Structure 

Background on Academy Trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 73% of secondary schools and 29% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts (MATs). There are currently 760 multi academy trusts of 3+ schools. If the schools are to fulfil their potential, the trusts need non-executives (known in charity law as trustees) to bring a wide range of skills and experience to help guide strategy, ensure their ambitions can be soundly financed and keep their schools up to the mark delivering for their pupils.

“Academy boards must be ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focused on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.” 
Source: Governance Handbook, Department for Education (2017)

Trusteeship is a voluntary, unpaid role for people who have the energy and skills to make a real contribution to shaping the future of our schools. You do not need to have any specialist knowledge of education. 


Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit programme which recruits senior business leaders and professionals as volunteer non-executive directors onto the boards of multi-academy trusts. If you are interested in applying for the role please send your CV and a short expression of interest detailing which role you are applying for to Please note: candidates should live within reasonable travelling distance of the trust and/or have a link with the region. For more information, please call 0207 952 8556 or visit

Key Dates

We strongly recommend applying as early as you can to have the best possible chance of being considered as we may change the closing date if we have received sufficient applications. Applicants should be aware of the following key dates in the recruitment process –

Deadline for applications: Friday 14th September 2018