Attigo Academy Trust

North West London and South Central England | Enfield
  • Branding/Marketing
  • Corporate Governance
  • Non-executive/Trustee
Deadline date: 16th January 2019

Attigo Academy Trust seeks one new Trustee/Non-Executive Director with experience in Branding and Marketing to strengthen its board. Board meetings are held Alma Primary School, Enfield.

About the trust

Attigo Academy Trust was formed in June 2018 between three primary schools in Enfield, London. The three schools are rated Good and Outstanding by Ofsted and serve a community of approximately 1550 pupils. The trust has an ethnically diverse pupil intake and is committed to supporting and celebrating the individuality of each school in the community.

The schools in the trust are committed to working together by investing in their community. Each school is faced with unique challenges – at Alma Primary School, the number of pupils eligible for free school meals is almost double the national average. The school faces further tests with 85% of its intake made up of pupils whose first language is not English.

With poverty and social deprivation levels in the area above the national average, the schools in the trust are devoted to overcoming a shared challenge: for all children to have outstanding learning experiences regardless of their start in life. The trust plans to grow and is looking to support schools facing similar challenges by sharing experience and expertise of raising standards and outcomes for all pupils. The trust would therefore welcome energetic and creative individuals to be part of this important mission.

Plans for the future

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

  1. Governance: To ensure that systems, structures and procedures are effective and support continued school improvement. The trust has a new Board of Trustees and local governance structures and need to ensure compliance with best practice.
  2. Sponsorship: To become a sponsor following being commissioned to support a school judged to be inadequate (March 2018). The trust employs several experienced and skilled leaders/mentors. The trust is waiting to hear the outcome of its sponsorship application and aims to undertake school improvement work and offer support services to other schools.
  3. Growth: The Trust has a plan for growth to maximise opportunities for each school to benefit from economies of scale in procurement and provision of some central school support services.

The trust aims to maintain good and outstanding schools and to ensure the rapid improvement of schools requiring support now and in future. Attigo Academy Trust also wishes to act as a vehicle for sharing best practice in pedagogy and financial management.

Trust ethos & values

Attigo Academy Trust upholds the following core values: Partnership, Diversity, Community, Excellence, Inclusion. All schools in the Attigo Academy Trust are committed to working collaboratively, supporting each other and sharing skills and knowledge to maintain and improve standards across the Trust. Children are encouraged to learn the value of working together in the trust, schools, the local area and as successful citizens of the global community. The trust aims to achieve excellence in its schools through promoting high aspirations for its children to ensure they make outstanding progress in academic, sporting and personal achievements. Schools in the trust value and respect all children and celebrate diversity in the community. The mental, emotional and physical well-being of the children is paramount.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised:

1

Role 1– Trustee/Non-Executive Director

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.

All those involved in the running and oversight of the trust and the schools will be open and honest in their dealings with each other, at all times acting in good faith and recognising the value of independence and separation in relation to decision making.

Person specification

The successful applicant will be a professional with experience of board level leadership who is willing to develop a deep understanding of the vision and ethos of the trust and its schools and the roles played by all individuals in fulfilment of the mission of the trust. Attigo Academy Trust looks to grow and attract schools who share the same commitment to working with the wider community. Therefore, the trust seeks candidates with strong strategic marketing and branding expertise to support their plans for growth.

As experienced business leaders and strategic planners, the successful applicant will have the ability and determination to adapt and transfer their experience to an educational setting. They will have a willingness to devote time, an understanding of the legal duties and liabilities of trusteeship and the ability to challenge, evaluate and interpret information. All trustees are expected to play a strategic role in successfully affecting change.

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)
  • Branding/Marketing
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Corporate Governance
Desirable
  • Growth Management
  • HR
  • Risk
Time commitment

6 hours per month minimum.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at Alma Primary School, Alma Road, Enfield, EN3 4UQ.

Please see: https://www.attigoacademytrust.co.uk/

Governance structure

For more information please see: https://www.attigoacademytrust.co.uk/assets/uploads/2018/09/3.-Attigo-Academy-Trust-Articles-of-Association.pdf

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 academ[email protected]. 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: 16th January 2019