Non-Executive Director x 2

Location
Camberley, Surrey
Salary
Unpaid, voluntary
Posted
11 Aug 2017
Closes
05 Sep 2017
Ref
Kite Academy Trust
Specialist Area
HR function
Sector
Education

The Kite Academy Trust

The Kite Academy Trust based in North West Surrey seeks to recruit two non-executive directors with a background in IT/Technology and Estates Management. Appointees will join the trust at an exciting time of expansion. Trust board meetings normally take place at Mytchett Primary School, Hamesmoor Road, Mytchett, Camberley, Surrey GU16 6JB at 7:00 pm.

About the trust

The Kite Academy Trust was formed in October 2015 and is situated on the Surrey/Hampshire border, south of Camberly. The trust is comprised of two infant schools (Cross Farm Infant and Sandringham Infant) and four primary schools (Lakeside Primary, Mytchett Primary, Holly Lodge Primary and The Grove Primary). All six schools are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted. A number of the schools have nurseries, one (Mytchett Primary) has a Children’s Centre and another (The Grove Primary) has a specialist Communications and Interactions (COINS) Centre.

The trust was created to deliver first-class primary education within the local area. It is committed to strong collaboration to help its schools grow as a family, focused on the best possible outcomes for children aged between 2 and 11 years. In March 2016, the trust was awarded sponsor status by the Department for Education to support its growth plans.

Trust ethos & values

The aim of the trust is to deliver a first-class, inclusive primary education that enables children, staff and the broader community to achieve more than they ever believed possible. Further, the trust wishes to inspire a love of learning in a 21st-century environment.

The Kite Academy Trust is passionate about:

  • Sharing local primary excellence to create irresistible learning
  • Empowering lifelong learners
  • Celebrating each child
  • Collaborating at all levels
  • Being inclusive

Plans for the Future

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

  1. Continuing focus on school improvement to raise both expectation and achievement across all schools, with particular emphasis on bridging the gap for disadvantaged pupils.
  2. To develop the Central Team to provide enhanced high-quality support for schools within the trust. It is also intended that this will provide a base for services to be marketed externally.
  3. To give life to the trust’s vision of providing education in a 21st Century environment with particular focus on ICT provision.
  4. To further consolidate the initial set-up of the trust and identify opportunities for future growth. The trust’s growth plans are based on the key drivers of all member schools i) sharing the trust’s core values and ii) being geographically close. As the trust grows it is anticipated that IT will develop local hubs to safeguard these key objectives.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  2

To become part of the trustee board to help in shaping its direction, clarity of purpose and strategy. Areas the trust is looking in to developing include IT/Technology and Estates Management. The competencies required for these roles are as follows:

Both Roles – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Essential

  • IT/Technology (Role 1)
  • Estates Management (Role 2)

Desirable

  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • Change management
  • Growth management
  • Risk management

Person specification  

Potential candidates are likely to have most of:

  • Board level experience in SME’s or equivalent.
  • Experience of working across physical sites and facilitating groups working together.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Experience of schools.
  • Recently retired or working part time.
  • Proactive with initiative to get fully involved

Core Competencies:

  • Senior/General Management
  • Strategic
  • Role 1 - Candidates must have experience of IT systems to support the trust in developing an effective, secure and reliable modern/industry standard IT infrastructure and advise on future development opportunities.
  • Role 2 – Candidates must have a significant knowledge of estates management, either as a professional architect or surveyor, to support and advise the Trust on site development, acquisition and project management.

Time commitment

There are approximately three board meetings per term with additional ad hoc meetings and visits to schools.

Trust Website

http://www.thekiteacademytrust.org/

Governance Structure

http://www.thekiteacademytrust.org/governance/

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:  5th September

Interviews:  TBC 

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