Steel City Schools Partnership

East Midlands and Humber | Sheffield
  • Chair
  • Corporate Governance
  • Education Leadership
  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • Public Sector
Deadline date: 3rd July 2020

Steel City Schools Partnership (SCSP) seeks to recruit a new member. The trust is entering an exciting phase of development and growth and has an agreed growth plan with the Regional Schools Commissioner to expand to 15 – 18 schools over the next few years.  Board meetings are held in the Sheffield area.

About the trust

SCSP is a multi-academy trust based in Sheffield. The trust was formed in 2013 and now caters for approximately 2,550 primary age pupils across five primary schools, including a highly successful ‘integrated resource’ for pupils with complex and multiple special needs at Fox Hill Primary. It employs more than 280 staff and 17 languages are spoken across the trust’s diverse and rich community. The trust has built a track record of supporting schools to improve. Many of its children live in areas of social disadvantage and the team have been successful in helping children overcome various barriers to leaning.

The trust expects to grow within its immediate locality; one primary school, in the process of converting to an academy, is set to join the trust in September 2019 and another is currently in consultation to join. The trust has also held discussions with six additional schools on the subject of joining the MAT, four of which are in the south of Sheffield. Other primary schools in Sheffield have engaged with the trust and form part of its plans for growth over the coming 12 - 18 months. Whilst the trust plans for all schools to be within the city and surrounding areas there is a strategic plan to develop clusters of schools (or hubs) to provide even closer working and support.

Steel City Schools Partnership works closely with other schools, academies and multi-academy trusts and is a strategic partner with highly regarded local Teaching School Alliances including Learners First (based close to the Sheffield/Rotherham border) and Tykes (based close to the Sheffield/Barnsley border). The CEO is a National Leader of Education and is also an Ofsted Lead Inspector.

Plans for the future

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

  1. Achieving and maintaining outstanding teaching and learning outcomes across all schools of the trust.
  2. Ensuring compliance with current and future legislation.
  3. Ensuring the trust’s estate portfolio is well managed and enhanced to meet current and future requirements, in order to provide the very best learning environment for all children.
  4. Creating and managing organisational capacity in order to maximise growth and realise the aspirations of SCSP.


Trust ethos & values

Steel City Schools Partnership is grounded in strong moral purpose and school improvement - to provide a first class, innovative education for all. The trust’s motto is: Achieving Excellence, Sustaining Excellence, Sharing Excellence.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 1

Roles – Member

Members have a similar role to the shareholders in a company limited by shares. They provide high-level oversight and scrutiny of the work of the trust board.

Most notably, members:
  • define the trust’s charitable object and governance structure;
  • amend the articles of association;
  • appoint or remove trustees;
  • appoint the trust’s auditors and receive the trust’s annual audited accounts; and, ultimately,
  • dissolve the academy trust if required.

Person specification

The board seeks a member with previous experience in

  • Corporate Governance, or
  • Non-executive/ Trustee roles

Applicants should have an extensive and demonstrable background in senior leadership roles, with strategic vision and knowledge of the non-executive director role. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan.

Time commitment

Members will typically meet once per year with preparation time required. This translates to a commitment of around two hours per month.

Location of board meetings and trust website

Board meetings are held at SCSP, Monteney Primary, Sheffield, S5 9DN.

Governance structure

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 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. 


If you are interested in applying for the role please select 'Register your interest' and send your CV and a short expression of interest detailing which role you are applying for. 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.

Key dates

Deadline for applications: Friday 3rd July 2020

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.