Middlesex Learning Partnership

North West London and South Central England | Hayes, West London
  • Human Resources
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Restructuring
Deadline date: 16th November 2020

Middlesex Learning Partnership educates students from very deprived backgrounds with over 50% of pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM). The trust currently serves 3,000 pupils and has a budget in excess of £15million annually. The trust seeks one trustee with experience in strategic HR to support its planned growth. Board meetings are held in Hayes, Middlesex.

About the trust

Middlesex Learning Partnership is a small multi-academy trust of three schools located in Hillingdon – a multi-cultural area with significant socio-economic challenges. The trust consists of one secondary school – Barnhill Community High School, and two primary schools – Belmore Primary Academy and William Byrd Primary Academy. Despite the high rates of deprivation across all three schools, the trust has shown considerable success in improving the outcomes and life chances of all pupils.

Barnhill Community High School, with 1,400 students, has recently been rated Good by Ofsted and has achieved rapid, sustained improvement in outcomes over the last three years placing it in the top 2% of the country. Belmore Primary Academy caters for 650 students, is rated Good by Ofsted, with outstanding results for progress and attainment. Belmore Primary Academy is at the top of the primary league for schools in Hillingdon and in the top 4% of schools nationally. William Byrd Primary Academy also has 650 pupils. When the school joined the trust it was in Special Measures (Ofsted) but has made significant improvement since joining the trust and has been moved to Requires Improvement.

The trust has a strong model for school improvement. The London Borough of Hillingdon has plenty of scope for improvement in their educational provision for young people and the trust would like to extend their drive and expertise to those schools in need.


Plans for the Future

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

  1. Financial management including negotiation for end of contract PFI building - the first in the country to end.
  2. Improvement in the outcomes and Ofsted of the most recently acquired primary school, moving it to Good.
  3. Growth through building upon the excellent outcomes that all three schools have achieved in the last three years. The trust board aims to expand the trust to include another secondary school and look to create an alternative provision free school.

Middlesex Learning Partnership would like to expand its primary, secondary and alternative school provision in the next five years. Additionally, the trust aims to encourage teaching and learning specialists to drive standards in the classroom as well as develop innovative approaches to teacher training.

Trust Ethos & Values

Middlesex Learning Partnership believes in the power of education to improve social mobility. The trust aim to offer the best education to the young people of Hillingdon through high expectations, high standards and unwavering moral purpose. The trust has aspirations to be the first choice for staff, students and parents.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 1
Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse.

The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objects, company and charity law.

In the interests of safeguarding and in accordance with DfE requirements, all trustee appointments will be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

Person specification

Every trustee is expected to abide by the trust’s code of conduct and the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

The Competency Framework for Governance (DfE) 2017 details the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective governance: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583733/Competency_framework_for_governance_.pdf

The strategic expertise required for this role includes:

Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)
  • Strategic HR
  • Restructuring
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Change Management
  • Growth Management
  • Renumeration Committee Chair
  • Succession Planning

The successful individual will have board level or senior management experience within a public, third sector, or private organisation. Their skillset will include strategic planning skills and the ability to adapt experience and transfer to an educational setting. The trust is eager that applicants are motivated by a moral purpose and belief in the importance of education and social mobility.


Time Commitment

6 hours per month minimum.

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Board meetings are held at Barnhill School, Yeading Lane, Hayes, Middlesex, UB4 9LE.

Please see https://www.mlp.org.uk/ for more information.

Governance Structure

Please see https://www.mlp.org.uk/page/?title=Board+of+Trustees&pid=12

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.


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, 23rd October 2020