Non-Executive Director

11 May 2017
01 Jul 2017
The Castle Partnership Trust
Specialist Area
HR function

The Castle Partnership Trust


The Castle Partnership Trust, an ambitious academy trust based in Somerset, seeks a non-executive director with experience in finance to join its trust board. Non-executive directors will provide support and strategic direction during the trust’s planned expansion. Board meetings will be held at Wellington Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 5AU.


About the trust

The Castle Partnership Trust, formed in January 2013, is comprised of two secondary phase schools, The Castle School based in Taunton and Court Fields School based in Wellington. The Castle School is a teaching school and designated National Support School following the appointment of its head teacher as a National Leader of Education. The trust prides itself in leading the way in many areas of education achievement nationally, establishing a successful record of academic success.


The Castle School has an Ofsted rating of outstanding and was recently featured as one of the best state secondary schools in 2017, due to the academic and extra-curricular opportunities the school can offer its pupils. Court Fields School joined the trust after falling into special measures. Following strong guidance from The Castle School and the trust board, Court Fields School has begun to improve, being marked as requires improvement at its last inspection. Whilst there are still many challenges to overcome at Court Fields School, progress is happening at pace and the trust remains committed to ensuring the school receives a good rating at its next inspection in September.


Trust ethos & values

The trust’s aim is for every child to achieve, belong and participate. The trust believes that it has a moral responsibility to equip its young people with outstanding attitudes and a strong moral foundation.


Plans for the Future

The trust has plans to expand into primary phase education and has been approved to open a new primary free school with a nursery attached. The trust also plans to bid for another free school in the next wave of applications. Currently, the trust has a budget of c.£10 million, the development of the two new primary schools would see the trust’s budget increase to over £12 million, with an additional 840 pupils on roll.


The successful move into primary education will enable the trust to achieve its goal of creating an inclusive 2-16 years education system, where by taking accountability for education from age 2, it can develop and nurture the academic attainment of its pupils further, particularly benefiting pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.


In addition, the trust is working with existing primary schools in the area, who are considering joining the trust. Successful achievement of this growth, and the associated change programs this brings is the key challenge for the board over the next 12-24 months.


Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  1


Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director


-        CFO/ Finance

-        Risk

-        Strategic


-        Change management

-        Corporate Governance

-        Growth management

-        Restructuring


Person specification 

The trust board is responsible for;

• Setting the strategic direction of the trust

• Ensuring the trust remains solvent

• Ensuring the schools in the trust provide a good standard of education

• Ensuring compliance with all appropriate regulatory and statutory requirements

• Carrying out risk management


Due to these responsibilities, The Castle Partnership Trust is seeking a non-executive director with a background in strategic finance to enhance the skill set of the trust board. Additional expertise in growth and change management would also be of interest to support the trust through the planned growth.


Time commitment

Approximately 4 hours a month (minimum). Non-executive directors are required to attend four board meetings per year, with the option to join a committee.


Trust Website


Governance Structure 


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: 1st July 2017

Interviews:   TBC