Non-Executive Directors at Spring Common Academy Trust

01 Apr 2021
12 Apr 2021
Professional / Specialist
Contract Type
Spring Common Academy Trust in Huntingdon seeks one non-executive/director with a demonstrated history in education leadership to join its board. Board meetings are held at Spring Common Academy, Huntingdon when safe to do so.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at multi-academy trusts (MATs) throughout the country to raise standards of education and improve the life chances of young people, which is critical to our social and economic success.

The opportunity

Spring Common Academy Trust is established as a multi academy trust but currently only has one school, but a second brand-new school is being built near-by and is scheduled to open in 2022. In addition the Trust has been approached to sponsor an additional special school judged good at last Ofsted in 2019 in the next academic year. The trust caters for children from the ages of 3-19 with a very broad range of needs including those with autism and some complex needs through to those with profound and multi learning difficulties and some with medical conditions. Spring Common Academy was judged outstanding for the second time at its last inspection in December 2018 and the team are keen to build the new school with similar standards. At this point the trust manages a budget of £4m and employs around 120 staff but this will double when the new school opens. Additionally, the trust has been approved as a sponsor and has built capacity in the staff to support others. Consequently, the trust is seeking to expand further in the next 12 months. Despite the broad range of special needs, the school aims to create self-confident young people ready to take on the challenges that face them after school, both in the local community and wider world. Owing to some students having highly complex needs, the trust hopes to expand provision through to support young adults, giving them more time to become ready for their futures.

The board seeks one business leader with board level experience in Education leadership

As a key member of the board you will support the trust in achieving the following over the next 12 - 24 months:
  1. Development of a new 175 placement Special Needs Free School including an enhanced autism provision.
  2. Negotiation and implementation of contract agreements.
  3. Growth of trust, adding more special schools or provision whilst maintaining the present outstanding quality of education and provision.
  4. Recruitment, training and retention of additional workforce for trust growth and development whilst ensuring any re-structuring is well-managed to maintain the values and vision of the trust.

What's involved?

Board governance in education is a strategic, 'eyes on, hands off' commitment which typically involves attending c. six board meetings per year/6-8 hours' time per month.

You will be responsible for:
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

As an Academy Ambassador, you will join our ambassador network which provides resources, guidance, networking events and webinars to support you in your role.

All roles are pro bono.

People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Please register your interest now to be considered for the role.

A full trust specification is available on the Academy Ambassadors Board Opportunites page.