Non-Executive Director x 4, Member x 2

Oxford, Oxfordshire
16 May 2017
14 Jun 2017
The Iffley Academy Trust
Specialist Area
HR function

The Iffley Academy Trust Company

The Iffley Academy Trust is an outstanding special school in Oxfordshire seeking four trustees and two members to support their growth plans. Board meetings are held at The Iffley Academy, Iffley Turn, Oxford, OX4 4DU.

About the trust

The Iffley Academy Trust Company currently has one school in the trust. Iffley Academy is Oxfordshire’s largest special school with 138 pupils on roll, and caters for students aged 5 – 18 with a range of special educational needs (SEN), including moderate cognition and learning needs (C&L), autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH). Students from across the county of Oxfordshire attend the academy. The academy was rated outstanding by Ofsted in January 2015 and is over-subscribed.

The trust has recently had its application to open a free school in North Oxfordshire approved and further discussions have begun about the possibility of opening a second free school in South Oxfordshire.

Trust ethos & values

The trust is committed to guiding and encouraging students so they reach their full potential. They believe that all pupils have their own contribution to make to the life of the academy, their family and their community.

For more information, please see:

Plans for the Future

The trust has ambitious plans to consolidate its current practice through initiatives such as becoming a Teaching School and obtaining the Restorative Justice Quality Mark, and to expand the trust by opening a free special school and alternative provision (AP) units. It is also applying to become a sponsor academy.

Over the next 12-18 months, the trust will be focusing on:

  1. Continuing to provide outstanding provision for all students, maintaining and enhancing standards to ensure that students reach their potential: receive excellent teaching and learning from well qualified and trained staff: and that barriers to learning are removed through the provision of supportive structures and a holistic approach.
  2. Expanding the multi academy trust (MAT) to improve outcomes for students with special needs.
  3. Ensuring that the trust’s successful bid for funding for a rebuild through the Priority Schools Building Programme to commence in 2017 will result in a new school building on the Iffley site which meets the needs of students and staff and provides an environment which is stimulating, safe and inspirational.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  6

Role 1 - 4 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees are responsible for the management of the trust to ensure it is well run and delivers the best possible outcomes for students, retain oversight of all decision making, set the strategic priorities and for ensuring that the trust complies with the legal, charitable and financial requirements.

The competencies required for this role include:


  • Non-executive/ trustee


  • Finance
  • HR
  • IT/Technology
  • Real estate/property
  • Risk
  • Legal/Compliance

Person specification

The trust are looking to appoint individuals who have a desire to create positive change for students with SEN and have a commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. The trust would welcome applicants who have professional experience in corporate finance, HR, law or property/estates.  

Time commitment

6 hours /month minimum.

Role 5 - 6 – Member

Members have strategic and ultimate control over the academy trust including, for example, the achievement of company objectives: the appointment and removal of trustees; the amendment of articles; approval of annual reports and accounts.  Members have a mainly constitutional role.

Person specification

The trust are looking to appoint individuals who have an understanding of the national education agenda and a dedication to improving outcomes for disadvantaged young people. They should have experience of strategic planning and good independent judgement. Applicants should also be committed to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

Time commitment

2 hours /month minimum.

Trust Website

Governance Structure

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 69% of secondary schools and 23% 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 Please note candidates should live within reasonable travelling distance of the trust and/or have a link with the region. 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: 14 June 2017