Member x 3

South Maidstone, Kent
Unpaid, voluntary
11 Aug 2017
08 Sep 2017
Future Schools Trust
Specialist Area
HR function

Future Schools Trust

Future Schools Trust, an all-through multi academy trust ranging from nursery to sixth form provision seeks to recruit three Members to its trust board. Board meetings are held at multiple locations in the South Maidstone area.

About the trust

Future Schools Trust (FST) is a multi-academy trust based in South Maidstone, the trust serves a wide ranging geographical area, covering areas of high deprivation and a wide rural community. The trust is comprised of a nursery provision, a free primary school and two non-selective secondary schools, which includes a large sixth form provision.

The trust was launched in 2007 when two former secondary schools merged together to become New Line Learning Academy, which then linked with Cornwallis Academy to form a new trust. In 2012, FST opened Tiger Primary School, which became the first primary in Kent to open under the Government’s free school initiative. This academy was also Maidstone’s first new primary school in 25 years.

FST’s aim is to provide an all-through nursery, primary and secondary education that both serves and inspires the local community. FST acts to ensure all of the young people in its care achieve outstanding progress and success, which is supported through the trust’s extensive curriculum and wellbeing provisions.

Trust ethos & values

Inspire, challenge, believe and achieve. 

Plans for the Future

The key challenges for the board over the next 3 years are:

  • To be recognized as a trust with a clear social purpose and strong outcomes for the children we support.
  • To be in the top 50% of schools nationally for outcomes for pupils for all FST schools by 2020. 
  • Tiger to be rated Outstanding, Cornwallis to be rated Outstanding and NLL to be rated at least Good by Ofsted by 2020. 
  • Financial stability across the schools by 2020. 

Future projects for the trust include the development of another nursery and pre-school. In addition, the trust aims to develop a transition or middle school as well as its sixth form provision.  FST also plans to improve its central services, including its HR and ICT facilities. Growth will be measured and the priority for the trust is to raise standards particularly in the New Line Academy.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  3

Role 1-3 – Member


  • CFO/ Finance
  • Change Management
  • Growth Management


  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • Corporate Governance
  • Legal/Compliance

Person Specification

Members help to provide strategic direction and oversight to the trust board. Applicants should be committed to the ethos and values of the trust and to the education and welfare of young people. The ideal candidates should be able to demonstrate independence of thought and have a willingness to make and stand by collective decision.

Time commitment

Six hours per 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: 8th September 2017

Interviews: TBC

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