Non-executive director/Trustee at Tapton School Academy Trust

Job Title: Non-executive director/Trustee at Tapton School Academy Trust
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Sheffield
Salary: Voluntary
Reference: JN -042021-4225
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 09, 2021 14:29

Job Description

Tapton School Academy Trust in Sheffield seeks two non-executives/directors with experience in primary education leadership or financial management to join its board. Board meetings are held at S10 5RG when safe to do so.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at multi-academy trusts (MATs) throughout the country to raise standards of education and improve the life chances of young people, which is critical to our social and economic success.

The opportunity

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.

The trust serves a very diverse community.  Whilst some families might be viewed as relatively advantaged the majority of the children in the trust come from areas of significant deprivation. TSAT values the needs of all its children. It recognises and celebrates different abilities, aptitudes and interests and believe that everyone can develop through dedication and hard work, and leave pupils fully prepared for successful lives.

The board seeks two business leaders with board level experience in

  • Primary Education leadership OR
  • Senior Financial Management

As a key member of the board you will support the trust in managing the following over the next 12 – 24 months:

  1. Covid Recovery - risk management, curriculum, budgets.
  2. Sustainable Trust - including growth and capacity.
  3. A Great Place to Work - staff well-being, recruitment and retention.

By working in close partnership, the trust aims to transform all its learners and support all its schools on their journey to ‘outstanding’.

What’s involved?

Board governance in education is a strategic, ‘eyes on, hands off’ commitment which typically involves attending c. six board meetings per year/6-8 hours’ time per month.

You will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

As an Academy Ambassador, you will join our ambassador network which provides resources, guidance, networking events and webinars to support you in your role.

All roles are pro bono.

People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

What next?

Please register your interest now to be considered for the role.  

A full trust specification is available at

Please be aware the closing date may change if we have received sufficient applications.