The Fallibroome Trust

West Midlands | Macclesfield
  • Corporate Governance
  • Growth Management
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • Risk
Deadline date: 7th December 2018

The Fallibroome Trust, established in 2014, evolved from The Fallibroome Academy, based in Macclesfield and Winsford. The trust seeks two Members and one trustee, bringing strong experience in the field of growth management as it seeks to develop and expand the trust. Board meetings are held at The Fallibroome Academy, Macclesfield.​

About the trust

The Fallibroome Trust evolved from The Fallibroome Academy, a high performing comprehensive of 1,500 students with a national reputation for excellence. The trust was established in 2014 following an invitation by the Department of Education to become a sponsor.  

The trust serves both Macclesfield, generally an affluent area with some pockets of deprivation and Winsford, a more diverse area including wards of high levels of deprivation. The trust has grown from four schools at incorporation to a current complement of eight schools, two secondary and six primary.

The trust has a record of school improvement. Two schools with Requires Improvement judgements at incorporation achieved very positive ‘Good’ reports from Ofsted. Inspectors commended the support of the trust in improving outcomes and standards at both of these schools. Two other primaries were inspected in the same period and sustained their ‘Good’ judgements with similar references to the quality of support from the trust.

Plans for the future

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

  1. To manage growth from eight to ten schools, and ensure the trust has the capacity to meet the school improvement agenda.

  2. To aim for all schools to be Ofsted-rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’; all schools to be the school of choice and employer of choice, for the local community.

  3. To manage a challenging financial and recruitment climate and ensure stability in turbulent times.

  4. To contribute to the concept of System Leadership.

 

Trust ethos & values

The trust’s aims are to create the conditions for:

  • All students to leave school with the combination of skills and qualities that will enable them to progress to the job, apprenticeship or university/college place of their choice;

  • Each student to achieve the highest possible examination results and realise their potential;

  • Each school to become the school of choice for the local community;

  • Each school to become ‘A Place for Excellence’.

 

Role summary

Number of positions advertised:
3

 

Roles 1&2 – Member

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. At The Fallibroome Trust, the Members are expected to be signatories for the academy trust, to attend two meetings per year, and to add to the already broad skillset within the existing team of Members.

Person specification

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential
  • Non-executive/ Trustee

  • Growth Management

  • Risk

Desirable
  • Change Management

  • Entrepreneur/ Founder

  • Legal/ Compliance

  • Succession Planning

The trust seeks individuals with an extensive and demonstrable background in growth management, with strategic vision and knowledge of the role of a non-executive director, to enable them to fully engage with the role.

A good communicator committed to attending Members’ meetings, the ideal candidate will be an individual with good business acumen, as well as experience of working within a charity or non-profit environment, preferably at board level. An interest in education and an awareness of current educational priorities would also be advantageous but not essential.

Time commitment

Two meeting per year.

Role 3 – 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 to account. 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.

Non-executive directors will be responsible for maintaining stability during a period of growth and the management of a dynamic structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and growth, and holding the CEO/CFO to account.

Person specification

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential
  • Corporate Governance

  • Growth Management

  • Legal/ Compliance

Desirable
  • Change Management

  • Entrepreneur/ Founder

  • Risk

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate commitment in time and expertise to add to the board. In particular, experience in growth management and corporate governance would be highly sought, as skills to help manage the period of change that is inherent in the expansion and development of a multi-academy trust. Additional experience in legal affairs is sought in order to provide added depth in this field, along with strategic visibility of any legal matters that relate to trust growth.

Time commitment

Six evening board meetings per year

Location of board meetings and trust website

The Fallibroome Academy, Priory Lane, Macclesfield, SK104AF.

www.fallibroome.org.uk

Governance structure

http://www.fallibroometrust.com/about/

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 [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: Friday 7th December 2018​