OAK Multi-Academy Trust

East Midlands and Humber | Oadby, Leicestershire
  • Branding/Marketing
  • CEO/ General Management
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Non-executive/Trustee
Deadline date: 22nd March 2019

OAK Multi-Academy Trust was formed in April 2018 and is a partnership of schools in Leicestershire and Leicester city. The trust seeks to recruit two new members with backgrounds in either legal or marketing/PR to join its board. The trust intends to grow and will be in discussion with other schools to join once it is established. Board meetings are held at Manor High School, Leicestershire.

About the trust

Oak Multi-Academy Trust formed in April 2018. It does not have a 'lead' school, but has a collaborative approach within a framework that encourages and supports a high degree of autonomy for each school, recognising that each school has a particular character and set of strengths.

Oak Multi-Academy Trust comprises four primary schools (Brookside Primary, Overdale Junior, Overdale Infant and Woodland Grange Primary) and one secondary school (Manor High). Additionally, there is a special needs learning unit on the site of Brookside Primary which caters for children with moderate learning difficulties. Woodland Grange and Overdale Infants both operate pre-schools. All the schools are rated by Ofsted as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’.

Plans for the future

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

  1. To develop the trust’s school improvement model;
  2. To secure financial security and coherence across the MAT relating to healthy pupil numbers, strong staff recruitment and retention;
  3. To establish the ethos of the MAT as a progressive and educationally driven MAT that has the ability to work with and support other schools through collaboration and partnership.

Further information on the trust’s model for strategic development can be viewed here.

Trust ethos & values

Oak Trust is committed to providing an inspirational education that enables all its pupils to realise their full potential as learners and citizens, through excellent teaching, learning and development of the whole child.  It will meet the needs of its unique schools and communities through collaboration, support and challenge.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised:

2

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 OAK Multi-Academy Trust the members are expected to be signatories for the academy trust and are invited to up to four or five (of the six) meetings per year to oversee and observe the board conduct its business.

Person specification

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)

  • CEO/ General Management
  • Legal/ Compliance
  • Branding/ Marketing
  • Non-executive/ Trustee

The trust is keen to appoint Members with strong and demonstrable general management/senior leadership experience in the field of PR and/or marketing, or **legal.

** legal experience may be from contract or commercial law, employment law, commercial property, litigation (commercial or civil), dispute resolution, intellectual property, charity law, etc.

These individuals should be good communicators, committed to attending members’ meetings. The ideal candidates will be individuals with good business acumen. The trust welcomes applicants with a keen interest in using their valued skills and expertise to develop the multi-academy trust board and improve education for children in the area. Experience of working at board level – particularly within a charity or non-profit environment - is preferred.

Time commitment

Approximately six meetings per year, typically. The appointees will, on occasion, be asked to engage in remote involvement via email/telephone, and to receive and review reports as required.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at Manor High School, Copse Close, Oadby, Leicestershire, LE2 4FU.

http://www.oaktrust.org/

Governance structure

http://www.oaktrust.org/mat-structure-1/mat-structure-1-1

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, 22nd March 2019