Success Academy Trust

East Midlands and Humber | Broughton Astley, Leicestershire
  • Corporate Governance
  • Human Resources
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • Property/Estate management
Deadline date: 29th June 2018

Success Academy Trust seeks to recruit a Member and two trustees to join its board. This is a cross phase trust of primary and secondary schools, based in Leicestershire, with collaboration and smooth transition for pupils at the heart of its work. The trust has secured ‘improved achievement’ in its first year for all four of its schools. Board meetings are held at Thomas Estley Community College, Broughton Astley. 

About the trust

The trust operates across areas of lower deprivation in Broughton Astley and Cosby, and higher deprivation in the Hinckley schools: its values and ethos, however, are constant.

The trust has grown from existing close collaboration and extensive school improvement work, which began in 2013, within TELA (Thomas Estley Learning Alliance), a teaching school alliance of over 40 Leicestershire primary and secondary schools.

The trust currently consists of one secondary school and three primary schools and has an intention to grow: three primary schools have expressed an interest in joining the trust in the next year.

Plans for the Future

Three key challenges for the trust over the next 12-24 months are:

  1. Preparing for sustainable and impactful growth, both non-sponsored and sponsored academies. Getting the groundwork right, ensuring financial and school improvement sustainability, attracting the right schools.
  2. Ensuring the right balance of skills on the trust board.
  3. Continuing to improve outcomes for all of its schools and learners. 

In the long-term, the trust would like to grow to include more schools, including sponsored primary and secondary schools.

It is looking to expand its current board of seven to nine or ten this year, to improve skills coverage and effectiveness and reducing overlap with committees.

Trust ethos & values

The trust aims to secure high achievement, challenge barriers to success, and excel in all areas. It has a collaborative approach to operations, and works within a supportive community of learning and partnerships.

The trust’s values and ethos grew from those of TELA www.telaonline.co.uk and can be found on the trust website www.successat.org.uk

Role Summary
Number of Positions Advertised:  3
 

Roles 1 and 2: 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.

Please note, as multiple roles are being recruited, not all candidates will possess all of the below skills. The competencies required for these roles include:

Essential
  • Real estate / Property
  • Legal / Compliance
  • HR
Desirable
  • Business Management
  • Growth Management

 

Person specification

Role 1: The ideal candidate for this role will have experience of asset management within a property portfolio, or estate/ facilities management expertise. Knowledge of up to date health and safety legislation, ideally with National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) certification would be a distinct advantage. Applications from individuals from within the legal sector with extensive and demonstrable knowledge of property law would be welcomed.

Role 2: The ideal candidate will have experience in a HR setting, with expertise in change management and leading strategic growth. Experience of working with trade unions and an in-depth knowledge of pay and conditions is desirable in order to offer robust advice and guidance on such matters to the trust board.

Time commitment

Up to 6 hours (on average) per month.

Role 3 – Member

Members are signatories to the articles of association and can pass a special resolution to amend the articles of association. They are responsible for appointing trustees, according to the trust's articles of association, and can also remove serving trustees where necessary and appropriate.

Members have oversight of the trust's governance and should keep themselves informed about how the board is performing and have an awareness of when they may need to exercise their powers to ensure effective governance.
 

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential
  • Non-executive / Trustee
  • Corporate Governance
Desirable
  • CEO / General Management
 

Person specification

The trust is seeking an individual with an extensive and demonstrable background in corporate governance, possessing strategic vision and knowledge of the role of a non-executive director, or trustee. A good communicator and a ‘team player’, the successful candidate will be committed to attending Members’ meetings and those with Chair of Trustees and Trust Principal. An individual with good business acumen is advantageous, as well as experience of working within a charity environment, preferably at board level. An interest in education and an awareness of current educational priorities would also be advantageous, but is not a pre-requisite.

Time commitment

1.5hrs hours per month (minimum)

Location of board meeting and trust website

Board meetings are held at Thomas Estley Community College, Broughton Astley, LE9 6PT

www.successat.org.uk    

Governance Structure

http://successat.org.uk/?page_id=10   

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: Friday 29th June 2018