Spring Common Academy Trust

East of England and North East London | Huntingdon
  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • CEO/ General Management
  • Corporate Governance
Deadline date: 22nd January 2018

Spring Common Academy Trust is a special education needs trust located in Cambridgeshire. The trust plans to grow due to growing demand for special education and now needs to recruit a non-executive director with experience in business or management. As important as the skillsets that non-executive directors will bring, individuals must be values-driven and want to make a difference to the provision of special education within the community. Board meetings are held at American Lane, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 1TQ.

About the Trust

Spring Common Academy is a special education needs trust for children age 2-19 with special needs in the Huntingdon area. The trust was formed on 1 January 2016 from the former Spring Common School. At the last Ofsted, the school was rated outstanding in all respects. The school provides outreach support to other local schools and the demand for this service is high as it supports placements in both primary and secondary Schools. 

The academy trust is committed to a culture of equality and values the differences between pupils. Over 60% of pupils have an Autism diagnosis and the trust has based its vision on the principles of the National Autistic Society quality standards. However, the school caters for the full spectrum of special needs and abilities and continues to invest in staff training and development to meet its pupils’ needs.

Trust Ethos & Values

Spring Common Academy Trust’s caring ethos is vitally important. The trust’s values can be summarised as: listening, moral purpose, trust and respect, supporting innovation, integrity, communication, building confidence, empathy and collaboration. The values are made manifest in the Trust’s support for the needs of all its children.

The most pressing challenge for the trust is keeping up with the demand for placements with a rapidly growing population whilst at the same time maintaining its outstanding practice and standards of service.

Plans for the Future

Spring Common Academy Trust was formed in January 2016. Its stated ambition was always to add other schools to the trust over time. The trust now requires additional, ambitious directors to support this strategic aim.

Role specification
Number of Positions Advertised: 1
Role Summary:

Spring Common Academy Trust seeks directors with business or property management experience.

The trust faces an exciting challenge as it develops into an organisation that can meet the demand for placements for children and young people age 2 -19 as the population grows. There is, in addition, demand to create wider special needs provision locally. The trust seeks a new director who is committed to maintaining outstanding standards of special education during this growth phase. The new director should approach the important task of making strategic decisions as the trust grows with both energy and vision. 

Person Specification
Core Competencies:
  • CEO/ General Management

  • Non-executive director/ Trustee

  • Strategic

Time Commitment

4-8 hours per month.

Current board/ Non-executives

Members x 3
Board of Directors
Committees: Finance and Estates Premises, Personnel and Curriculum

Background to 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.

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:  22nd January 2018