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Role

Non-Executive Director X 2

  • Location

    Broughton Astley

  • Sector:

    Education

  • Contact:

    Academy Ambassadors

  • Contact email:

    academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org

  • Role ref:

    Success Academy Trust

  • Published:

    11 days ago

  • Expiry date:

    16-11-2018

  • Client:

    Academy Ambassadors

Success Academy Trust is seeking to recruit two trustees to join the respective trust boards. This is a cross phase trust of primary and secondary schools, based in Leicestershire, with collaboration and smooth transition for pupils at the heart of its work. The trust has secured ‘improved achievement’ in its first year for all four of its schools. Board meetings are held at Thomas Estley Community College, Broughton Astley.    

About the trust

The trust operates across areas of lower deprivation in Broughton Astley and Cosby, and higher deprivation in the Hinckley schools: its values and ethos, however, are constant.

The trust has grown from existing close collaboration and extensive school improvement work, which began in 2013, within TELA (Thomas Estley Learning Alliance), a teaching school alliance of over 40 Leicestershire primary and secondary schools.

The trust currently consists of one secondary school and three primary schools and has an intention to grow: three primary schools have expressed an interest in joining the trust in the next year.

Plans for the Future

Three key challenges for the trust over the next 12-24 months are:

  1. Preparing for sustainable and impactful growth, including both non-sponsored and sponsored academies. Getting the groundwork right, ensuring financial and school improvement sustainability, attracting the right schools.
  2. Ensuring the right balance of skills on the trust board.
  3. Continuing to improve outcomes for all schools and learners. 

In the long-term, the trust would like to grow to include more schools, including sponsored primary and secondary schools. It is looking to expand its current board of seven, to nine or ten this year, to improve skills coverage and effectiveness and reducing overlap with committees.

Trust ethos & values

The trust aims to secure high achievement, challenge barriers to success and excel in all areas. It has a collaborative approach to operations and works within a supportive community of learning and partnerships.

The trust’s values and ethos grew from those of TELA (www.telaonline.co.uk) and can be found on the trust website: www.successat.org.uk 

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:

2

Roles 1&2: Non-executive / trustee

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust; the role is to hold to account the executive and senior leadership team. The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust. The trustees ensure compliance with the trust’s charitable objects and with company and charity law.

Person specification

Please note, as multiple roles are being recruited, not all candidates will possess all of the below skills. The competencies required for these roles include:

Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)

  • CFO/ Finance
  • Growth Management

Desirable

  • CEO/ General Management

The trust is seeking two individuals with a strong background in the areas of finance and growth management, including experience of mergers and acquisitions, to help guide the trust as it seeks to achieve its objective of sustained and impactful growth. Experience in a leadership capacity, preferably of a medium or large organisation, is highly sought, bringing skills in strategy development.

A prior knowledge and/or experience of school improvement is desirable, but not a prerequisite for applying for either role.

Time commitment

Up to 6 hours per month (on average)

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board meetings are held at Thomas Estley Community College, Broughton Astley, LE9 6PT.   

www.successat.org.uk    

Governance Structure

www.successat.org.uk/?page_id=10

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 70% of secondary schools and 25% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts.  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 don’t need to have any specialist knowledge of education. 

Applications

Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit organisation 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 academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org. 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 www.academyambassadors.org.  

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, 16th November 2018