Steel City Schools Partnership (SCSP)

East Midlands and Humber | Sheffield
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Property/Estate management
  • Restructuring
  • Risk
Deadline date: 22nd June 2018

Steel City Schools Partnership (SCSP) is seeking a new non-executive director to join its board. The trust is located in north Sheffield and serves approximately 1,350 primary age pupils, in communities which suffer from high levels of challenge and deprivation. Over 17 languages are spoken across its rich and diverse community. Board meetings are held in the north Sheffield area.

About the Trust

SCSP is a Multi-Academy Trust currently serving five primary schools, three of which have nursery provision. Monteney Primary School converted as an academy in 2013 and became a sponsor for both Fox Hill and Mansel primaries. These schools serve north Sheffield, working closely with the immediate primary family of schools and within the locality. The area is known to have high levels of deprivation, with rate of eligibility for Free School Meals at 63% in of the schools. Greenhill and Windmill Hill Primaries joined the trust on 1st February 2018. Pupils from academies within this trust typically feed into Chaucer, Ecclesfield or Yewlands and Meadowhead Secondary (Greenhill).

Steel City Schools Partnership is proud to be founded on the principles of primary education. The trust is centered upon positive relationships, and understanding, adapting and responding to the diverse needs of individuals. Another academy has passed a resolution to join the trust and a further four primary schools are in detailed discussions with the trust about joining.

Plans for the Future

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

  1. Growth of the trust to approximately 10 - 12 schools.
  2. Ensuring continued school and trust improvements in a tighter financial landscape.

The trust plans to grow to 10-12 schools, all primary, within 12-24 months - this includes partnerships with other local MAT's and SAT's. Following a Governance restructure, new members and trustees have joined the trust board and the trust seeks to further develop the skills and expertise at all levels of governance.

Trust Ethos & Values

Steel City Schools Partnership is committed to the provision of a first class, innovative education for all. The trust’s ethos is achieving excellence; sustaining excellence; sharing excellence.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 1

Role 1 – 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.

Non-executive directors will be responsible for maintaining stability during a period of rapid growth and the management of a dynamic structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and growth, and holding the CEO/CFO to account.

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential (candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)
  • Legal/ Compliance
  • Real estate/ Property
  • Risk
  • Change Management
  • Entrepreneur/ Founder
  • Growth Management
  • Restructuring
Person Specification

The trust seeks an individual with experience of asset management, within a property portfolio or estate/facilities role. Knowledge of up to date health and safety legislation, ideally with NEBOSH certification, would be a distinct advantage.

Time Commitment

8 meetings per year.  

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Governance Structure

The governance structure and further details can be found at

Background on Academy Trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 73% of secondary schools and 28% 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 726 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.

“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 22th June 2018