Boudica Schools Trust

East of England and North East London | Norwich
  • CEO/ General Management
  • Chair
  • Non-executive/Trustee
Deadline date: 14th August 2020

Boudica Schools Trust is a combined secondary, specialist and primary Multi Academy Trust consisting of ten schools’ centred around a 20-mile radius of Norwich. The trust seeks new Members to support and guide the trust. Improving life chances for pupils is at the heart of the trust’s motivation and mission. The trust is seeking to have ‘one culture but separate entities’. It also runs a highly successful teaching school. Trust meetings are held at the Trust’s Head Office at Sewell Park Academy (Norwich).

About the trust

The trust is a highly successful Trust which contains 5 Primaries, 2 Infant schools, 2 Secondary and an all through Special School.  East Ruston Area Infant School and Eaton Hall Specialist Academy have been rated Outstanding by Ofsted, with 6 of the other schools in the Trust being graded good and 2 require Improvement.   

Boudica Schools Trust is proud to educate over 3,000 pupils, employs nearly 700 staff, with a budget of £21m.

Plans for the future

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

  1. To expand at a controllable rate by ensuring the trust has the central capacity to constantly improve student outcomes.
  2. To ensure financial stability in light of the challenges of lagged funding as a result of expansion of numbers.
  3. To recruit and retain high quality teachers. Like all schools/trusts they experience considerable challenge in our efforts to recruit outstanding teachers at all levels to provide the success our pupils deserve. The trust will welcome innovative ideas from the business sector.

Trust ethos & values

At Boudica Schools Trust the vision is to improve the life changes for all pupils. It is the motivation and mission of the Trust. It is what drives all at the Trust to achieve and to succeed.

To achieve the vision, it is essential that all at the trust continue to develop the Boudica Schools approach to raising standards and through the underpinning core values of:

  • Students at the heart of everything we do with an explicit understanding that happy students achieve.
  • Community being at the core of our work, everyone plays their part to achieve the best outcomes for all pupils.
  • Collaboration brings us success by enabling teams of teachers and Boudica Schools Trust staff to share collective responsibility for leading, coordinating and delivering effective teaching and learning for our Academies.
  • Valuing People - The most important asset that the trust has is its people.

Any success achieved by the Boudica Schools Trust schools comes from the staff. They, therefore, believe that championing staff improvement is a key driver for school improvement. The trust also believes that giving staff opportunities to be successful, and to enjoy their achievement is an important part of the workplace.
“In everything that we do, we will be open, honest, transparent and trusting.”

Role summary

Role – Member

The role of the Members at the trust is to ensure that the non-executive directors/Trustees are and remain fit and proper professionals, that they are running the trust appropriately and in keeping with the trust’s core objects and that the trust remains solvent. 

Members act as guardians of the constitution and their main functions are to:

  • Appoint or remove directors/Trustees;
  • Appoint the external auditors and receive the audited accounts;
  • Amend the Articles of Association (subject to any restrictions created by the Trust’s Funding Agreement of Charity Law);
  • Change the name of the charitable company and ultimately, wind up the Multi Academy Trust; and
  • Have a “Eyes on Hands off” approach.

P45 - 47 of the Governance Handbook provides more detail:

Person Specification

Rightforsuccess seeks a business executive with board level experience from a commercial and/or public body background to complement the existing Members’ areas of expertise.

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)
  • Corporate Governance
  • Non-executive director
  • Chair

Time Commitment

The Members attend the AGM. The Members may request that the Board of Trustees call/hold further meetings during the year as appropriate (for more detail see Companies Act 2006) and can attend the Board of Trustees Meetings.

Location of board meetings and Trust website

Board meetings are held at the Trust’s Head Office (Sewell Park Academy) Norwich.

Governance structure

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 74% of secondary schools and 31% 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 832 multi academy trusts of 3+ 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.

“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 (2019)

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.