Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre Feb 2020
16 days ago
About the trust
This is an exciting time to join the trust board as representatives of the trust attended an event for all Gloucestershire schools and the local authority hosted by the Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West in 2019. The aim was to promote formal collaborative working partnerships between schools as part of multi-academy trusts to: share best practice in teaching and learning, create professional development and leadership opportunities for staff which would not exist in a single school and direct more funding into classrooms by financial savings made through economies of scale. The trust board is committed to providing the best possible learning experiences and highest quality outcomes for the young people of Gloucestershire so aspires to grow over time by working collaboratively with local primary schools.
By way of background, the academy trust was set up in 2012 to oversee the performance of Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre, a rural Gloucestershire secondary comprehensive school originally established as The Newent Grammar School in 1925. Due to a demographic dip over the last few years, the trust had been projecting a deficit for 2018/19; however, since his appointment the Principal has been successful in continuing to raise standards within the school along with raising its reputation and profile at local, regional and national levels. This resulted in a circa 9% increase in admissions for September 2019 and a projected increase of circa 75 pupils in September 2020. The Trust is working proactively with the Education and Skills Funding Agency to help overcome the implications of receiving lagged funding in 2020-21 whilst accommodating the ‘spike’ in pupils numbers in 2019-20 academic year.
Number of positions advertised:
1 or 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.
Finance NEDS: Non-executive directors will be responsible for maintaining stability and the management of a dynamic structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and potential growth, and holding the CEO/CFO to account.
In the interests of safeguarding, all trustee appointments would be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.
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 these roles includes:
Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)
- CFO / Finance / Audit
- Qualified Accountant
- Change/Growth/Risk Management
- Corporate/Charity Governance
- Understanding/experience of change management implemented through a collaborative not authoritative process with other organisations.
8 hours /month minimum.