Non-Executive Director x 1

London (East), London (Greater)
Unpaid, voluntary
05 Oct 2017
15 Nov 2017
Hackney New School
Specialist Area
HR function

Hackney New School

Hackney New School seeks a new non-executive director/trustee for its trust board. Board meetings are held at 317-319 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4DL.

About the trust

The Hackney New School Academy Trust (HSN) was founded in 2013 and is comprised of one primary and one secondary academy. The secondary academy, Hackney New School opened in 2013 and currently serves four year groups (Year 7 – 10) and has 370 pupils on roll. The first year group of students will take their GCSE exams in 2018. The trust opened Hackney New Primary School in 2015. The academy opened for 50 reception students and currently has two year groups totaling 100 pupils. At full capacity, the trust aims to cater for 1,050 pupils.

Both schools within the trust have a music specialism - every pupil learns an instrument and the music curriculum is a central part of the school day. Hackney New Primary School has established a partnership with the Royal Academy of Music in order to deliver the music curriculum.

The pupil composition of the secondary school reflects the diverse and at times complex socio-economic mix of the population in East London with high levels of Pupil Premium (47% of all pupils), Free School Meals (33%) and Special Educational Need (33%) pupils. The share of PP / FSM / SEN pupils at Hackney New Primary School is slightly lower than at the secondary school. An important objective of the trust and its founders is to provide a high-quality education to children from those more challenging backgrounds.

Trust ethos & values

The core vision for the school is to provide pupils with access to the widest range of opportunities in life by fostering academic excellence and instilling self-belief, intellectual curiosity and responsibility towards others in society.  The trust’s objective is to create a top-5% state school nationally.

Plans for the Future

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

  1. Manage the transition of a new head teacher at Hackney New School. The new head will start in September 2017.
  2. Building on a strong foundation, improve the consistency of performance of the secondary school across all dimensions - e.g. in relation to behaviour, the breadth of academic achievement, teaching quality, quality and focus of enrichment, quality and depth of marking and formative assessment.
  3. Maintain the outstanding educational provision at the primary school.
  4. Manage the development of a new building for the primary school, which is scheduled to commence imminently and complete in early 2018. The new building will be directly opposite the existing HNS facilities.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised:  1

Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director


  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Commitment to working with the trust at a high level of engagement


  • Safeguarding knowledge
  • Some HR experience

Person specification

The trust seeks an individual with experience of strategic leadership and governance at senior management level. The trust is looking for candidates from different backgrounds across both the public and private sectors. A willingness to learn about, or familiarity with, the safeguarding regulatory environment within schools is desirable as the trust hopes the appointed candidate will become the lead trustee for safeguarding.

Time commitment

10 – 20 hours per month

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: 15th November 2017

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