Non-Executive Director at All Saints Schools Trust
All Saints Schools Trust (ASST)
All Saints Schools Trust, a multi academy trust of small rural church and community primary schools in North Suffolk, seeks a non-executive director/trustee with expertise in finance to join its board. Applicants of all faiths and none are welcomed. Board meetings are primarily held at Eye, Suffolk; however, they do also rotate around the schools.
About the trust
The All Saints Schools Trust is a multi-academy trust comprising of eight primary academies and was established on 1st April 2018 in Suffolk. The trust has 802 pupils (ages 4-11) and 150 staff across all the schools with a budget of £3.5m. All schools within the Trust are currently graded Good or Outstanding by Ofsted. The trust is just about to welcome its ninth school, Great Whelnetham sponsored academy near Bury St Edmunds and is committed to supporting schools in challenging circumstances.
The All Saints Schools Trust is a new partnership that strengthens and sustains the quality of education each school is able to offer their children and young people through greater collaboration and joint working between member schools. Each school, already successful in its own right, plays an important role within the communities they serve, with a distinctive ethos and individual approach.
Plans for the future
ASST has ambitions to increase the numbers of schools in the trust through a model of sustained growth.
The key challenges for the next 12 months for the trust are to:
- Increase the number of schools and pupils in the trust whilst maintaining performance standards and outcomes for all children
- Effectively restructure centralised core functions to ensure efficiency gains and financial stability
- Adapt to a changing demographic and declining population
- Accommodate cuts in school transport and resulting increases in costs
- Developing shared leadership and sustainable system leadership to build in capacity to support both existing and new schools coming into the trust.
Trust ethos & values
- All children should have excellent schools close to where they live.
- Small rural schools can provide an excellent education “small is beautiful”.
- Rural schools are an essential part of the local community.
- We value the individual identities of all our schools.
- We value the special role of the local and diocesan Church in our Church schools.
- By sharing and working in partnership our schools are stronger, more sustainable and provide a better education for local children.
- We will do all we can to prevent the need for a local school to close.
- We will grow our Trust locally to add capacity in a sustainable way
- Parents, staff, the Church and the local community are key stakeholders who should be involved in decision-making.
All Saints Schools Trust’s aim is to ensure it drives educational standards through the provision of outstanding teaching, leadership and learning for all. It believes it is important for academies to retain and promote their individual identity and it endorses earned autonomy across the Trust.
Leaders focus on pupil progress and attainment, and regularly share knowledge, insight and experience.
The trust believes passionately in the power of collaborative working and actively promote school-to-school support.
Pupils are at the heart of everything the trust does and it strives to inspire learners and change lives as a result of its exceptional educational provision.
Role summary Number of positions advertised:
Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director
All Saints Schools Trust seeks one Trustee with a professional background in finance.
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 and the management of a dynamic structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and potential growth, and holding the CEO/CFO to account.
Every trustee is expected to abide by the trust’s code of conduct and the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
The Competency Framework for Governance (DfE) 2017 details the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective governance: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583733/Competency_framework_for_governance_.pdf
In the interests of safeguarding, all trustee appointments would be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.
The strategic expertise required for this role includes:
- Change Management
- Growth Management
- Audit Committee Chair
- Organisational Change
Individuals with accountancy backgrounds would be especially welcome to apply and would complement the skill set currently on the board. However, other relevant and senior business or finance backgrounds may be considered.
2 hours/month minimum.
Location of board meetings and trust website
Board meetings are held twice termly from 4.30 to 6 pm (in Eye, Suffolk: TN40 1QE). Committees are also held twice termly. For more information, please see https://www.asst.org.uk
Please see https://www.asst.org.uk/governance
Background on academy trusts
Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 74% of secondary schools and 31% 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 832 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.
“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 (2019)
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 by clicking on Apply. 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.
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: 9th September 2019