The de Ferrers Trust

West Midlands | Burton on Trent
  • Corporate Governance
  • Non-executive/Trustee
Deadline date: 11th September 2020

The de Ferrers Trust is a mixed multi-academy trust, comprising four primary and three secondary schools, based in Staffordshire and Derbyshire. The trust seeks to recruit an additional member to join the existing team. Members are able, where necessary, to alter the trust’s Articles of Association and appoint – or remove – trustees. Member meetings are held at The de Ferrers Academy, St Mary's Drive, Burton on Trent.

About the trust

The de Ferrers Trust was formed in 2015 and consists of seven schools: three secondaries and four primaries, educates approximately 5,000 children and young people between the ages of 3 and 19.

The trust began from The de Ferrers Academy in 2015 and now also comprises Eton Park Junior, Horninglow Primary, Lansdowne, The Pingle Academy, Granville Academy and Richard Wakefield C.E. Primary Academy – the latest school to join the trust.

The trust believes that all children and young people in its care should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential through achieving a high level of education, regardless of their ability or background.

Plans for the future

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

  1. To deliver a high quality education for all pupils;
  2. To recruit and retain high calibre members of staff;
  3. To establish and develop robust governance;
  4. To ensure financial probity and viability;
  5. To develop a highly-efficient trust infrastructure and central services.


Trust ethos & values

The aim of the trust is to ensure that all the children and young people in its care have the opportunity to fulfil their potential through achieving highly, regardless of their ability or background.

The values of ‘work hard, be kind, choose wisely’ are the foundations of the trust and the communities it serves.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised:


A member is able to alter the trust’s Articles of Association and appoint (or remove) trustees/directors where necessary. They provide independent oversight to the work of the board of trustees in order to ensure suitable accountability for its decision-making and strategy. Members are expected to attend one meeting per year.

The strategic expertise required for this role includes:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Legal/Compliance AND/OR

  • Qualified Accountant

Person Specification

The trust seeks an individual to join a settled team of Members and actively participate within a cohesive group. Bringing corporate governance and leadership experience, the individual will oversee and hold the trust board to account to ensure the three core functions of governance are carried out.

Time Commitment

Three hours per year, minimum.

Location of board meetings and trust website

The de Ferrers Academy, St Mary's Drive, Burton on Trent, DE13 0LL.

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 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. 


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 [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

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,  11th September, 2020