Non-Executive Director x 7

Sheffield, South Yorkshire
09 Mar 2017
31 Mar 2017
Tapton Schools Academy Trust (TSAT)
Specialist Area
HR function


Tapton Schools Academy Trust (TSAT), in Sheffield, is seeking to appoint up to seven non-executive directors with diverse experience in areas such as business, estates, property, ICT, legal and finance to join their board.

Trust board meetings are held at Tapton School, Darwin Lane, Sheffield, S10 5RG.

 About the trust

The Tapton Schools Academy Trust (TSAT) currently consists of three secondary and five primary schools, which are responsible for over 6000 learners from three years to 19 years; a total of 854 staff are employed across the schools in the multi-academy trust (MAT).  

TSAT exists to support schools in all phases to build upon their existing strengths and to achieve rapid improvement. The trust has extensive experience of school-to-school support, in school leadership and has converter and sponsored academies.  

TSAT was formed in 2012, starting with Tapton School followed by Chaucer School. Since that time Southey Green, Meynell and Wisewood Primaries along with Forge Valley Secondary have been sponsored and Hillsborough and Hallam Primaries have each chosen to convert and join the trust.

Trust ethos & values

The original vision for Tapton School was that every one of the learners deserved a first class education in an outstanding school. This was achieved in 2007 when the school was judged Outstanding by Ofsted and was repeated in January 2013. Every school that has joined the trust shares the mission and vision for TSAT:

·Learners are treated as individuals; 

·Every one of the trust learners will have the opportunity to leave their schools fully prepared for successful lives.

·All trust staff will feel valued and be enabled to become exceptional professionals.

·At the heart of all the Trust endeavours is outstanding teaching, high quality learning and highly effective support for individual learner needs.

·The Trust’s unrelenting focus on progress for every learner and engagement with every family will be the touchstone for the work in every TSAT Academy. 

·A culture exists across TSAT of high trust, high support and low threat with common values and a shared moral compass.

·Developing high quality local leadership that ensures the fit to local conditions and needs within carefully constructed structures and approaches.

·The trust has a commitment to the development of high quality learning locally and regionally and this outward face will help to drive the improvement in TSAT.

Plans for the Future

The first priority for the Trust is that all academies progress and become outstanding schools. Longer term it would like to grow the Tapton Schools Academy Trust and support and learn from other schools which choose to join it.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 

Up to 7

Roles 1 – 7:  Trustee/ Non-executive Director

The trust is seeking a variety of skills and expertise, which is reflected in the diversity of roles being recruited. There is a comprehensive accountability structure within the trust, enabling clear reporting lines from the Local Academy Committees to the Strategic Board then to the Members. These roles will be at trustee/director level so will centre around the Strategic Board level. The trust’s current Board of Directors includes a finance, education and governance capacity.


Potential NEDs should have some of the following skills:

  • Business
  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • Real estate/Property
  • ICT
  • Legal
  • Finance
  • HR


  • CEO/ General Management
  • Change Management
  • Risk
  • Succession Planning

Person specification

Tapton Schools Academy Trust is looking for trustees with corporate or trustee management experience who are able to function effectively and strategically at board level. Time commitment

The trust board usually meets four times a year along with termly sub-committee meetings (the sub-committees are risk, assurance and governance; finance and resources; learning and experience), together with task and finish groups as required. Meetings for 2016/17 are scheduled to start at 6.00pm, usually on Mondays at Tapton School. There is also an annual board away day for the purposes of strategic planning and board development.

Trust Website

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 68% of secondary schools and 22% 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. 


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 For more information, please call 0207 952 8556 or visit

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: 31st March, 2017

Interviews:    TBA