New Generation Schools Trust

South East England and South London | Southampton / Sidcup
  • CEO/ General Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Non-executive/Trustee
Deadline date: 18th January 2019

New Generation Schools Trust seeks a non-executive director with governance and leadership skills to join the board of this two primary school trust. With schools in Sidcup and Southampton, the trust welcomes applicants living in the vicinity or with links to Southampton. Board meetings are usually held in Sidcup, Kent, although directors may join by video or phone conference.

About the trust

New Generation Schools Trust currently consists of two primary schools with another primary school due to open in 2020. The New Generation Schools Trust was set up in response to a local demand for Primary school places and a passion to see positive change in the local community. The trust is led by a team from all walks of life, including educationalists, church leaders, business representatives and local parents and carers.

Hope Community School, Sidcup in the London Borough of Bexley opened its doors in September 2013, with a Reception class of 30 children and has capacity to grow to 210 primary pupils from Reception to Year 6 by 2019. The school predominately serves the Cray Meadows ward, including Foots Cray, North Cray and surrounding areas.

Hope Community School, Southampton is the first mainstream free school in Southampton city centre. The school was set up in response to a widely recognised need for an additional educational choice and the need for community cohesion. It opened in September 2017 with a Reception class of 30 children and has capacity of 420 pupils. It is currently operating from a temporary school site.

Both are mainstream primary schools of Christian designation, open to families of all or no faiths. The trust exists to advance education in the UK for the benefit of the public, in particular by establishing, maintaining, managing and developing schools of religious designation offering a broad and balanced curriculum conducted in accordance with the principles, practices and tenets of the Christian faith.

New Generation Schools Trust submitted a proposal to the Department for Education in September 2015 to open a Free School in Northfleet, Kent as part of the Ebbsfleet Garden City. The bid was successful but is currently ‘on pause’ and Hope Community School, Northfleet aims to open in 2020.

Plans for the future

The immediate challenge for the trust is to strengthen its governance.

Trust ethos & values

The vision of all New Generation Trust Schools is based around the following values:

  • Adventure
  • Openness
  • Creativity
  • Excellence
  • Underpinned by a Christian ethos.

For more information, please see https://www.newgenschools.org/page/?title=Vision+and+Ethos&pid=20

Role summary

Number of positions advertised:

1-2

Role 1/2 – 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. 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.

Person specification

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Corporate Governance
  • CEO/General Management
Desirable
  • Risk
  • Turnaround

The trust would welcome applicants with strong leadership and data analysis skills. They will have significant governance experience in either a corporate, charity or education environment.

Candidates should reside in or near to Southampton and be willing to travel to Sidcup for Board meetings (or able to join remotely).

Time commitment

4 full Board meetings, 4 committee meetings per year. Additional time for reading documents and emails and preparation for meetings. Approximately 8-10 hours per term.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meeting are usually held at Hope Community School, Sidcup – 167 Rectory Lane, Sidcup, DA14 5BU. Please see https://www.newgenschools.org/home

Governance structure

Please see https://www.newgenschools.org/page/?title=Governance&pid=7

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 18th January 2019