The Legacy Learning Trust (TLLT)

North of England | Middlesbrough
  • Corporate Governance
  • Non-executive/Trustee
Deadline date: 19th April 2019

The Legacy Learning Trust, a growing multi-academy trust (MAT) based in the North East of England, seeks one Member to support its trust board in a period of change, development and growth. Members have the ability to appoint – or, if necessary, remove – trustees from the board. Board meetings are held at Acklam Grange School, Middlesbrough.

About the trust

The Legacy Learning Trust (TLLT) is a multi-academy trust (MAT) currently comprising one primary and one secondary school, both situated in urban and multi-cultural surroundings. Having recently gained multi-academy trust status, the trust is managing a period of change and impending growth.

When the co-founding schools began to plan the establishment of the MAT, the headteachers and Chairs of Governors collaborated over an extended period of time to scope a model that supports each phase, and to shape the values, visions and objectives of the MAT. The schools were committed to ensuring their growth was built on the joint work that both schools have undertaken over the last three years – including shared governance, joint planning, improved support for transition and shared leadership support.

The decision to develop a new MAT, rather than seek to join an existing MAT, was taken in order to build a collaborative model, ensuring the qualities and values of both schools remained. Working together, the trust’s primary - Linthorpe Community Primary School - and secondary - Acklam Grange - schools have: improved outcomes for children, demonstrated financial efficiencies and provided professional development of staff. The formation of the MAT enables such outcomes to be fostered within a shared environment.

Plans for the future

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

  1. Successfully establish MAT status and implement a MAT-wide system that creates clear lines of accountability, whilst ensuring central services are running smoothly, effectively and efficiently;
  2. Prepare and submit plans to set up Free School(s) and to continue with central services, such as in-house payroll;
  3. Maintaining standards throughout the schools, whilst ensuring Linthorpe Community Primary School achieves ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ in its imminent Ofsted inspection.

In the longer term, the trust is exploring the possibilities of applying to open a primary Free School for 200 to 300 pupils on a new housing development near the Acklam Grange School site. It also intends to increase the number of schools within the MAT (both primary and secondary) by need and with due diligence.

Trust ethos & values

The Legacy Learning Trust is rooted in firmly held beliefs that education and learning are about high expectation, high aspirations and opportunity regardless of background, where learners should be supported to achieve their very best in the classroom and are encouraged to develop as well rounded individuals.

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 will appoint auditors and receive audited accounts. At The Legacy Learning Trust the members are expected to be signatories for the academy trust, to attend at least one 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:

  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Corporate Governance
  • Entrepreneur/ Founder
  • Growth Management
  • CEO/ General Management

The appointee will join the founding Members of TLLT in ensuring anticipated growth is managed as planned. Ideally candidates will have an understanding of the culture, history and socio-economic background of Middlesbrough, in order to understand the trust’s surroundings.

Applicants with previous experience relating to charity, education or entrepreneurship are encouraged to apply. Furthermore, experience of a previous trustee (or non-executive director) role is highly sought, along with past experience of working in corporate governance.

Willingness to adhere to the Nolan Principles of Public Life is essential.

Time commitment

One meeting per year (minimum). Receipt of papers and information throughout the year is also required.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at Acklam Grange School, Lodore Grove, Middlesbrough, TS5 8PB.

Governance structure

The governance structure and further information can be found on the trust’s website:


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. 


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, 19th April 2019