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Non-Executive Director X 2

Job Title: Non-Executive Director X 2
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Solihull
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Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: Central Schools Trust
Contact Name: Academy Ambassadors
Contact Email: academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org
Job Published: October 14, 2019 11:38

Job Description

Central Schools Trust

 

Central Schools Trust is currently a two-school multi-academy trust (MAT), located in Solihull, West Midlands. The trust is aiming to take on a new school imminently and as such requires an additional trustee to help provide expertise and experience from a business perspective. Board meetings are held at Balsall Common Primary School, Balsall Common.

 

About the trust

Central Schools Trust is currently a two-school primary-only multi-academy trust (MAT), comprising Balsall Common Primary School Academy and Damson Wood Nursery and Infants School Academy, which joined the MAT in 2016.

 

Balsall Common Primary School Academy is a three-form entry primary school on the border of Solihull and Coventry. Rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in February 2014, the school has been forging links with the local community and helping children to achieve their potential. After converting to academy status in 2012, Balsall Common Primary has sought to support and encourage other like-minded schools in the area and was appointed as the lead sponsor of Damson Wood Nursery and Infant School Academy in August 2016. Damson Wood  was in special measures when the trust sponsored them , they had an ofsted inspection at the end of the last academic year and were assessed as good in all areas.

 

 

Ensuring enjoyment of learning and high educational standards are key priorities for both schools and the trust aims to work collaboratively to ensure that these priorities are sustained. The trust believes a collaborative approach allows the schools within it to be better placed to work effectively, with expertise shared, strategic leadership enhanced and resources better utilised.

 

Adopting a strong scheme of delegation, including local governing boards for each, the trust believes each school within it should maintain a distinct identity. As CST aims to take on a further school imminently, retaining this principle is ever-more important.

 

 

Plans for the Future

The key challenges for the trust over the coming 12-24 months include

 

1. Growth – taking on an additional secondary school to increase the overall trust size to three schools.

2. Expand the trust as an all-through MAT over time, with an aspiration to reach a total of six schools.

3. Ensuring the trust has a governance structure which ensures challenge and strategic growth without risk.

 

As the trust grows to include a special school or an additionally resourced provision, the intention is to distribute access to specialist expertise. This continuum of provision will ensure that the needs of all learners can be met and that all children truly have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

 

Trust ethos & values

The Central Schools Trust (CST) is driven by an unrelenting belief in excellence and inclusion. Its aim is to bring together schools with similar values so that they can offer a world class education that meets the needs of all learners.  CST understands that every school is different and that every school is at a different point on their journey to excellence. Every school that joins the trust will play an active part in shaping its ethos and strategic priorities at trust level.  Academies working together formally in this way are able to offer shared professional development, high quality school-to-school support and a range of efficiencies across the organisation.

 

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:

2

 

Roles 1&2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse.

 

The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objects, company and charity law.

 

In the interests of safeguarding, all trustee appointments would be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

 

Person specification

Every trustee is expected to abide by the trust’s code of conduct and the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

 

The Competency Framework for Governance (DfE) 2017 details the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective governance: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583733/Competency_framework_for_governance_.pdf

 

The strategic expertise required for this role includes:

 

 

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

  • CFO/ Finance
  • Branding/ Marketing

Desirable

  • Audit Committee Chair
  • Remuneration Committee Chair
  • Corporate Governance
  • Strategic
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Corporate Governance

 

 

 

  • Role 1: The trust seeks a trustee capable of offering scrutiny and challenge to the Chief Finance Officer and the rest of the executive leadership team. The trustees on the Finance Committee have oversight of the trust's accounting processes and major spending decisions. The appointee will possess demonstrable experience of financial management. Adherence to the Nolan Principles of Public Life is essential.

 

  • Role 2: The trust seeks a director/trustee with a strong background and demonstrable professional track record in the area of marketing, PR and media relations. This candidate will oversee/advise on strategies to support the trust’s reputation and external relationship management. This role will be key in overseeing the trust’s community outreach in relation to the current period of change.

 

 

Time commitment

One hour per week with three formal meetings per year

 

 

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board meetings are held at Balsall Common Primary School, Balsall Street East, Balsall Common, CV7 7FS

 

http://centralschoolstrust.co.uk

 

Governance Structure

http://centralschoolstrust.co.uk/governance/

 

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 71% of secondary schools and 26% 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 980 multi academy trusts of 2+ 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. 

 

Applications

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 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, 22nd November 2019