Member x 1

Location
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Salary
Unpaid, voluntary
Posted
11 Aug 2017
Closes
06 Sep 2017
Ref
Hampton Academies Trust
Specialist Area
HR function
Sector
Education

Hampton Academies Trust

Hampton Academies Trust is recruiting a new Member for its trust board. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of growth and risk and have knowledge or either finance or law.  Board meetings are held at Hampton College, Eagle Way, Peterborough, PE7 8BF

About the trust

The Hampton Academies Trust was founded in 2014 and was grown by and developed from the executive and governance team which led and governed its first school, Hampton College. Hampton College opened as a local authority maintained comprehensive school in 2005. In 2012 a primary phase school was attached, developing Hampton College into an all-through school. The trust comprises the following:

  • Hampton College – an all-though academy, with 1,300 children currently on roll.
  • Hampton Gardens School – a new secondary academy opening in September 2017 which will take 240 children into each year group.
  • Hampton East Primary School – a primary academy set to open in 2019.

The trust is based in Hampton near Peterborough – a modern township which has seen rapid growth over the last 15 years, with more development in the pipeline. This will generate significant demand for new school places which the trust is well-placed to meet. The trust schools’ social mix is a reflection of our surrounding community in the south of Peterborough.  Two thirds of the intake come from White British backgrounds and a third from a range of ethnic and diverse heritage backgrounds.   There are 26 home languages spoken and around 12% of students have English as an additional language.   The proportion of students who receive a Free School Meal is rising, and for learners in Year 10 and below, is typically around 25% of the year group.   Rates of SEN-D vary between cohorts and can range between 10% and 25% of the year group.

 In recent years Hampton College has been particularly successful in supporting children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve well at school. Hampton College has been either Good or Outstanding since its inception in 2005.  Maintaining these high standards in a period of growth, and with increasing levels of social challenge in the locality, has been difficult at times.  The school is currently judged to be a Good school, with many strengths and a clear strategy for improvement.  Our vision is for all trust schools to be judged as Outstanding and are currently building the leadership capacity to work towards this aspiration.

Hampton Academies Trust is committed to providing a high-quality education for all and is inclusive in its values, but this does not lessen its ambition for its learners.

Trust ethos & values

Hampton Academies Trust aims to be an inclusive and high performing trust which delivers outstanding education to children and young adults. The trust is committed to serve its community and has an educational vision which encompasses primary education through to sixth form. The addition of Hampton Gardens School this September and a further primary school in 2019, means that we are well placed to become a local hub of effective practice.  New facilities and provision at Hampton Gardens School that means we can grow enhanced joint Post 16 provision.  We are also able to deploy teachers and support staff across the trust.  This assists our all-through vision and means we can use specialist teachers in our primary phases.

Plans for the Future

The key challenges for the board over the next 12-24 months are:

  1. To expand the trust’s operations considerably, expanding capacity and economies of scale, without diluting the quality of education being provided for current learners.
  2. To meet the needs of all learners from all groups, including those with special needs and the more able and talented.
  3. To continue to provide a high-quality educational experience, despite funding challenges and difficulties in recruiting teachers.
  4. To consider growth opportunities within the local area carefully, ensuring any addition to the trust is in line with its local community strategy.

Hampton Academy Trust intends to bid to open the second primary school on the new Hampton East development, which will open after 2020. In the longer term, it is possible that the trust will bid to be the educational provider for projects on future new housing developments in the Peterborough area.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  1

Role 1 – Member

Essential

  • Growth Management
  •  Risk

Desirable

  • Corporate Governance
  • HR
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Real estate/Property

Person specification

Members have ultimate control over the direction of the Hampton Academy Trust and ensure the trust is working effectively towards meeting its stated aims and outcomes. They are responsible for appointing or removing trustees and amending the trust’s Articles of Association.

The trust seeks a high-calibre senior business leader to join its trust board. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of growth and risk and have knowledge or either finance or law.

The role of the members at Hampton Academies Trust is to provide the broad strategic vision and oversight for the future operation of the trust, reviewing opportunities that exists for expansion of the trust whilst ensuing standards and resources are maintained, or further enhanced.

The trust Members have a clear management and challenge role; meeting each half-term to review trust performance. The members are responsible for directly holding the board of trustees to account as well as the performance management of the Executive Headteacher. 

Time commitment

Six hours per month minimum

Trust Website

www.hamptonacademiestrust.org.uk

Governance Structure

www.hamptonacademiestrust.org.uk

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. 

Applications

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 academyambassadors@newschoolsnetwork.org. 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 www.academyambassadors.org

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: 6th September 2017

Interviews: TBC

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