Star Academy Trust
Star Academy Trust seeks to appoint a new trustee, bringing skills principally in the field of marketing/PR and media relations to help guide and advise the trust through its ambition to grow. Star Academy Trust is focused on strengthening its governance arrangements additionally to help it retain its strong Ofsted rating. The trust has a traded services arm which can provide services to schools it is intended to grow this part of the business. Board meetings are held at Highfields Academy, Nantwich.
About the trust
Star Academy Trust is, at present, a single-school trust, comprising Highfields Academy, in Nantwich, Cheshire.
The trust is about to embark upon a concerted period of growth and is in the process of engaging with primary schools and a special school as part of this process.
The trust works proactively with the local community around East Cheshire; Highlands Academy is a primary school and together with its pre-school, ‘the Little Crickets’, it has a roll of 241 children.
Plans for the future
The key challenges for the board over the next 12-24 months are:
- The expansion of the trust through taking on/ combining with further schools, with the aim of having at least five schools in the trust
- The improvement of the trust governance model to ensure accountability, including separation of Member and trustees/directors
- The ongoing retention of educational standards in order for the trust to maintain its current Ofsted rating of ‘Good’ and ultimately to move to ‘Outstanding’.
Trust ethos & values
The trust strongly believes in the power of partnership and collaboration and believes that this is essential in providing high quality education for young people in the future. It is actively working to identify other schools that share the beliefs, ethos and values and hopes to develop mutually-beneficial partnerships.
More information on the trust’s Vision is available here: http://staracademytrust.co.uk/vision
Role summary Number of positions advertised:
Trustees / 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.
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.
The competencies required for this role include:
- Branding/ Marketing
- Corporate Governance
- Change Management
- Growth Management
- Legal/ Compliance
The trust seeks a director/trustee with a strong background and demonstrable professional track record in the area of marketing, PR and media relations. This candidate will oversee/advise on strategies to support the trust’s reputation and external relationship management. This role will be key in overseeing the trust’s community outreach in relation to the current period of change.
Star Academy Trust is entering into a period of growth and expansion, whereby a number of new schools will be integrated into the trust or combined into a new trust. Therefore, candidates possessing prior experience in leading organisations through a time of change and growth are highly sought. Expertise in Branding/Marketing as well as knowledge of aspects of legal affairs and risk inherent in such change are highly desirable to this role, as detailed above.
A proven track record of operating at the highest level, leading an organisation and developing strategy is vital, along with knowledge of, and willingness to adhere to, the Nolan Principles of Public Life.
6 hours /month minimum.
Location of board meetings and trust website
Highfields Academy, Cumberland Avenue, Nantwich, CW5 6HA.
Trust website: http://staracademytrust.co.uk/
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.
“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 (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.
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.