Non-Executive Director x 3

Location
Slough, Berkshire
Salary
Unpaid/Volunteer
Posted
02 Mar 2017
Closes
31 Mar 2017
Ref
The Learning Alliance Academy Trust (LAAT)
Specialist Area
HR function
Sector
Education

The Learning Alliance Academy Trust (LAAT)


The Learning Alliance Academy Trust (LAAT) in Slough is seeking three non-executive directors to join their board. The Trust currently consists of one primary school and one secondary school, which are responsible for over 1200 students. Board meetings are held at Lynch Hill School Primary Academy, Garrard Road, Slough SL2 2AN.

About the trust

The Learning Alliance Academy Trust (LAAT) was set up in July 2011 as a multi academy trust and currently has two schools:

  • Lynch Hill School Primary Academy, a 4-form entry school with 960 pupils and an outstanding Ofsted rating, that converted to academy status in 2011
  • Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy, a new free school that opened in September 2014.  It currently has 3 year groups, years 7 – 9, with 255 pupils. 

The primary school has sought to open its own secondary for a number of years in order to continue the successful educational journey experienced by Lynch Hill pupils.  The urgent need for additional school places in Slough has provided the opportunity for this to become a reality.  The secondary school will move into its permanent new building, with state-of-the-art facilities, in spring 2017.

Plans for the Future

The trust wishes to incorporate other schools in due course when the trust and its new free school are well established. LAAT wants to provide an outstanding education for children from the age of 3 to 19 and to be the first school in the locality to offer a curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, working in partnership with local businesses. 

The trust’s main challenges in the next 12 months is to establish the secondary school as an outstanding school ensuring it attracts sufficient pupils so it is full to capacity. LAAT also plans to add to the expertise of the Trust Board by the recruitment of additional trustees with the necessary skills to implement its vision and provide an effective governance.

Trust ethos & values

LAAT believe every young person deserves the best possible start in life: a world class education aimed at helping the children become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

The trust’s mission is to help every young person in its schools to expand their horizons, and build the confidence, talents, interests, skills and qualifications to succeed as they make their way towards a fulfilling and prosperous adulthood.

The trust is focused on the development of the whole person: as a learner, as an individual, as a prospective employee and as a fully participating member of society. LAAT want its schools to be the best and a beacon of outstanding practice and innovators in education.

Role specification

Number of positions advertised:

3

Role title:

  • Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Role summary:

The vacancy is for up to three trustees to join the board. The trust is aiming for the two academies to be recognised for their outstanding contribution to education - a vision shared by a number of leading businesses in Slough. It also wants to increase the aspirations of pupils and their chances of future employment and career development.  The trust is committed to delivering outstanding leadership, teaching and learning and ensuring good progress for all students regardless of ability. 

Person Specification

The role is to act as a Trustee of the Multi Academy Trust, fulfilling the duties bestowed on each title by law.  The role entails providing strategic management, ensuring accountability and providing support and challenge to the school’s governing body and leadership team and new Trustees would be expected to meet these challenges.  The skills that are sought relate to legal, HR and finance experience, and knowledge of secondary education would be an advantage but not essential.

An ability to be a good team player is vital. An educational background, especially in the secondary sector would be a real benefit as would an interest or involvement in a STEM subject. A commitment to achieving the aims of the Trust in providing an outstanding education for students is required. Knowledge of the working of a charitable trust is an advantage, as is support and challenge for the school leadership teams in their quest to achieve the best possible outcome for every child is essential.

Core Competencies

  • Branding/Marketing
  • HR
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Finance
  • Strategic

Time commitment

Up to six hours per month minimum

Governance structure

There are five Members of the Trust and twelve Trustees. There are three trust committees, the Finance and Resources Committee, Audit and Risk Management Committee, the Remuneration, Selection and HR Committee.

Reporting to the Trust Board are the two Local Governing Bodies, one for each of the primary and secondary schools. A new recruit would serve on the Trust Board and would also serve on one the three committees.

It is the trust's intention to separate the roles of trustee and governor and at this stage the trust are seeking to appoint up to 3 trustees to facilitate this.

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 66% of secondary schools and 19% 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

If you are interested in applying for the role(s) please send your CV and a short expression of interest detailing which role you are applying for to academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org. For more information please call 0207 952 8556. 

Key dates

Applicants should be aware of the following key dates in the recruitment process -

Deadline for applications:      31st March 2017