Non-Executive Director x 2

Location
Walsall & Halesowen, West Midlands
Salary
Unpaid, voluntary
Posted
05 Oct 2017
Closes
05 Nov 2017
Ref
Windsor Academy Trust
Specialist Area
HR function
Sector
Education

Windsor Academy Trust

Windsor Academy Trust in the West Midlands seeks two non-executive directors to join the board and support seven schools as they plan to expand to 20 schools by 2022. Board meetings are held in Walsall and Halesowen.

About the trust

Windsor Academy Trust (WAT) is formed of two secondary schools and five secondary schools in the Halesowen, Walsall and Dudley areas of the West Midlands.  The trust came into being in 2012 when Windsor High School and Sixth Form (one of the first converter academies) was approached by the Department of Education to be a sponsor. This led to the formation of WAT and the creation of a new school, Goldsmith Primary Academy, replacing Harden Primary School on the same site. In November 2013 Green Rock Primary School joined the trust and was renamed Rivers Primary Academy. Both primary schools are close neighbours in Walsall.

WAT has grown substantially over the last few years and now has three learning communities across Walsall, Halesowen and Kingswinford, allowing for a high quality of educational provision through the sharing of ideas and best practice amongst its schools. WAT focuses upon combining a shared experience of primary and secondary schools and promoting student and staff collaboration. This has helped to raise aspirations across a small family of schools united in their ethos and operation to achieve the very best for all their students.

The schools in Windsor Academy Trust are:

  • Windsor High School and Sixth Form Academy (Secondary and FE)
  • The Kingswinford School Academy (Secondary)
  • Colley Lane Primary Academy (Nursery/ Pre-school and Primary)
  • Goldsmiths Primary Academy Rivers Primary Academy
  • Manor Way Primary Academy (Pre-school and Primary)
  • Rivers Primary Academy
  • Tenterfields Primary Academy
  • Swift Academy (Fully Approved Free School to be built in Walsall for 2018/19)

Plans for the Future

WAT will open its fully approved new free school in 2018/19. Swift Academy will provide a greatly needed Secondary Academy to WAT’s Walsall primary academies and local community. The trust also has longer term plans to grow the WAT family of schools from seven to 20 schools by 2022, across four learning communities. The three main challenges for the board over the next 12-24 months are:

  1. Opening a secondary Free School - having been granted the opportunity to open a secondary Free School in Walsall for 2018/19 this needs to be marketed, built and staffed. This will be a key focus for WAT.
  2. Growth - WAT is ready to grow. Any new school will be subject to due diligence and the governance supervised. The trust also expect to sponsor at least one other school and this will bring a range of new challenges.
  3. Results – the trust’s main challenge will be to continue the success of the schools in achieving future progress scores. Key to this is ensuring excellent professional development for staff and achieving excellence in governance.

Trust ethos & values

To nurture a culture within the community that is largely self-regulating, based on mutual respect (treat others as you wish to be treated), and allows for academic success and personal development.

Ethos: Pride in Excellence, Unlocking Academic and Personal Potential.

Values: Respect, Responsibility, Collaboration and Co-operation.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 

2

Role 1 & 2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Windsor Academy Trust seeks two non-executive directors/trustees who can bring expertise, energy and wisdom to the Board.

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential

  • CFO/Finance OR
  • HR OR
  • Legal/Compliance OR
  • Branding/marketing

Desirable

  • Chair
  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • Change management
  • Risk management
  • CEO/General Management

Person specification

The trust seeks to appoint individuals with professional experience. Candidates should be interested in education and would welcome those with experience as a Trustee. Applicants should be able to attend meetings regularly and visit schools during the day a couple of times a year.

Time commitment

6 hours /month minimum.

Trust Website

http://www.windsoracademytrust.org.uk/

Governance Structure

http://www.windsoracademytrust.org.uk/about-2/governance/

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 71% of secondary schools and 26% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.

Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts (MATs). There are currently 980 multi academy trusts of 2+ schools.  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.

“Academy boards must be ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focused on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.”  Source: Governance Handbook, Department for Education (2017)

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 do not 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: 13th November 2017

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