Brampton Manor Trust

East of England and North East London | East Ham
  • CEO/ General Management
  • CFO/Financial
  • Change Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Growth Management
  • Human Resources
Deadline date: 17th January 2018

Brampton Manor Trust seeks two non-executive directors with a range of skills to support over 4,000 pupils in East London. Board meetings are held at Brampton Manor Academy, Roman Road, London, E6 3SQ.

About the trust

Brampton Manor Academy converted to academy status in 2011 and in January 2014 joined the Trust, culminating in the formation of a multi-academy trust called Brampton Manor Trust. The trust is likely to grow to include a local primary school, which has submitted an application to join.

Brampton Manor Academy is an 11-18 school with over 2,000 students on roll, while Langdon Academy is a 3-16 school, also with over 2,000 students on roll. Both schools are located in East Ham, a culturally rich, ethnically diverse area. The majority of our students are from Asian and Afro-Caribbean backgrounds, bringing opportunities for integration, social development and community engagement. East Ham is also an area of high socio-economic deprivation. In both of our schools, over 50% of our students are in receipt of the pupil premium grant. The proportion of our students with special educational needs is also above the national average and we have resourced provision for autistic students located at Langdon Academy.

Our students make excellent progress relative to their starting points and over 95% continue in education or training after completing the compulsory phase of their education. A distinctive ethos that runs through our schools is that we firmly believe that there is no ceiling to what our students can achieve and that success comes through effort and determination. 

Plans for the Future

The trust is keen to grow in size and is committed to ensuring it remains a local multi academy trust (MAT) serving the community in Newham and the immediate surroundings. The key challenges for the board will be:

  1. Manage growth - the local authority is planning to invest approx. £18 million to increase the physical capacity of Brampton Manor Academy by an additional 4 forms of entry. This will take admission numbers from 300 to 420 pupils per year group and will involve significant capital works.
  2. Increase trust size - another large primary school (1,000+ students) will be joining the trust and this will involve significant integration work.
  3. School performance - to ensure that Langdon Academy receives at least a good Ofsted judgment at its next inspection.

Trust ethos & values

Brampton Manor Trust believe that all students can be successful if they show real effort and determination to do their best. The trust applauds effort and determination whenever students go ‘the extra mile’ to be the best that they can be. There is a strong emphasis in our schools on the quality of teaching and learning and the transformative impact it can have on student outcomes and life chances. This is why we invest a lot into teacher development, ensuring that all the staff that are privileged to work with our children are equipped with the skills to enthuse and motivate them to achieve well and make outstanding progress in their learning.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 

2

Role 1 - 2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

The role of the non-executive director is:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

The trust would welcome candidates willing to take on the roles of Chair in due course, Audit Committee Chair and Remuneration Committee Chair.

Role 1

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential
  • CEO/General Management
  • Corporate governance
  • Financial planning
  • ACA qualification
Role 2

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential
  • Strategic planning
  • Growth management
  • Change management
  • HR
Person specification

The trust is keen to appoint individuals who are committed devoting the required time and energy to the role. Candidates should be:

  • Confident: to lead and contribute to courageous conversations
  • Curious: an analytical approach
  • Challenging: not taking information or data at face value
  • Collaborative: listen to and work in partnership with others
  • Critical: challenge and support Creative: open-minded about new approaches
Time commitment

4 board meetings/year

Trust Website

http://bramptonmanor.net/Brampton-Manor-Trust/

Governance Structure

Please see the trust website for further details: http://bramptonmanor.net/Brampton-Manor-Trust/

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 70% of secondary schools and 25% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts.  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 don’t need to have any specialist knowledge of education. 

Applications

Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit organisation 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: Wednesday January 17th