Grenestede Multi-Academy Trust

South East England and South London | East Grinstead
  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • Legal/Compliance
  • CEO/ General Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Growth Management
Deadline date: 15th January 2018

Grenestede Multi-Academy Trust based in East Grinstead seeks two Members and one non-executive director for its trust board. Board meetings are held at Halsford Park Primary School, Manor Road, East Grinstead, RH19 1LR.

About the trust

Grenestede Multi-Academy Trust comprises two primary schools, Halsford Park School and Baldwins Hill, with a combined total of 620 pupils on roll.  Both schools serve diverse communities, with a mix of social backgrounds and approximately 25% of pupils are in receipt of Free School Meals.  This generates approximately £100,000 of funding for Pupil Premium to close the attainment and progress gap of this group nationally. 

The board is responsible for the overall strategy of the trust and its constituent schools. Since the trust’s formation in 2014, it has consistently raised the levels of achievement of its pupils and developed the leadership and teaching capabilities of its staff. Grenestede Multi-Academy Trust has achieved this by focusing on collaboration, the sharing of resources and development opportunities through the mobility of staff. Both schools within the trust maintain a strong working partnership with the parents and carers of its pupils in order both to create a culture of improvement and also to allow the trust to adapt to the needs of its pupils and local community.

Trust ethos & values

Mission: We are a learning community which inspires, empowers and develops schools to prepare every child for success in life.  Sharing our strengths ensures that our communities grow and prosper and that we have opportunities to support and learn through each other to create futures for all.

Motto: Today’s children; Tomorrow’s future

Vision:

  • Place children at the heart of what we do
  • Build partnerships and networks
  • Inspire commitment and engagement in all of our work force 

Plans for the Future

There is a real opportunity for new trustees to make a contribution to the key challenges for the trust board over the next 12-24 months. We see these as:

  1. To maintain a strong financial position. Increasing costs and reduced central funding will impact upon the operations and future strategy of the trust. It is, therefore, imperative that the trust has strong financial expertise and leadership on its trust board. This leadership will help to steer the trust through a possible period of economic uncertainty.
  2. To ensure successful expansion of the trust. The trust aims to build a trust board structure that is able to oversee and develop a growing organisation. The trust plans to grow by two schools within the next 12 months, and by a further two to four schools within the next few years. The trust has plans to work with the Regional Schools Commissioner’s Office to become a sponsor for other local schools, which may generate additional growth within the trust.
  3. To strengthen local governing bodies. The outcome of its pupils is a priority for the trust. To ensure enhanced pupil outcomes, the trust plans to establish empowered local governing bodies in each school to assume increased responsibility for finance, premises management and the curriculum.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  

3

Role 1 & 2 – Member

Members are akin to the shareholders of a company. They have ultimate control over the trust, with the ability to appoint trustees and the right to amend the trust’s articles of association. Members meet bi-annually in the course of normal operations but may be called on more frequently.

Essential
  • CEO/General Management
  • Strategic
Desirable
  • Change Management
  • Growth Management
Person specification

Candidates should have an ability to develop an objective view of the trust’s financial and corporate health and form a strategy to support the long-term vision of the trust.

Time commitment

1 hour per month (minimum).


Role 3– Non-Executive Director

Trustees are akin to directors of a company. Trustees create the vision for the trust and provide the leadership to achieve it. The competencies required for this role include:

Essential
  • Legal / Compliance
  • Strategic
  • Change Management
Desirable
  • Property/Estates
  • Corporate Governance
Person specification

Grenestede Multi-Academy Trust seeks a non-executive director from a legal, compliance, strategic or change management background who has the ability to provide direction and oversight of the trust’s relationships with multiple agencies.  Desirable experience would be large board support preferably in organisations that have complex, multi-team relationships. This non-executive director position requires experience of strategic leadership at a senior management level. All candidates should be able to demonstrate the ability to provide robust challenge, advice and commercial acumen.

Time commitment

4 hours per month (minimum).

Trust Website

http://www.halsfordparkprimaryschool.co.uk/meet-our-academy-trust-board/

Governance Structure

The current trust board is formed of trustees that were previously governors of the federated governing body. More can be found on the trust’s website here.

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 68% of secondary schools and 22% 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.

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] 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: 15th January 2018