Non-Executive Director x 2, Member

Location
Romford, London (Greater)
Salary
Unpaid, voluntary
Posted
19 Oct 2017
Closes
24 Nov 2017
Ref
Rise Park Academy Trust
Specialist Area
HR function
Sector
Education

Rise Park Academy Trust (RPAT)

Rise Park Academy Trust (RPAT), a primary phase multi-academy trust based in Romford, is looking to recruit three new board members for its Trust Board. Board meetings are held at Rise Park Academy Trust, Annan Way, Romford, RM1 4UD.

About the trust

Rise Park Academy Trust is a small Multi Academy Trust based in Romford, currently comprising of two academies, Rise Park Infant School and Rise Park Junior School. 

Following an Ofsted inspection in 2013, the Junior School was placed in Special Measures.  Carolyn Fox, then Headteacher of the Infant School, supported by the Infant Governing Body, applied to become a converter academy and a DfE sponsor in order to support the Junior School to improve. Rise Park Academy Trust was established in September 2014 with approval to sponsor three schools.  Both schools were successfully inspected by Ofsted in May 2017 and received “Good” judgements.

The directors are now looking to build upon their strengths and to widen the remit of the board accordingly to continue the well-established journey of improvement across the schools already within the MAT.  The directors intend to add to the capacity and capability of the board in order to effect meaningful school improvement, which places the trust in a strong position to take on further schools which need support.

Following DfE approval to open a nursery in October 2017, there will be 632 children aged 3-11 on roll in autumn 2017, rising to 662 in September 2018, the culmination of a five year expansion programme.  The Infant School currently has 264 pupils on roll, with 7.2% SEND pupils, 12.9% EAL, 6.45% Pupil Premium. The Junior School has 299 pupils on roll, with 6.02% SEND pupils, 10% EAL, and 11.7% Pupil Premium.

Rise Park Academy Trust is now in the process of formulating a renewed vision and direction for its schools. The trust’s main focus is to continue to improve and enhance teaching and learning, whilst sustaining the support, growth and development of its staff members, strengthening its links with its supportive wider school community, enhancing its learning environment, both for pupils and staff, and ensuring that the policies and procedures of both schools are harmonised in order to effect a smooth continuous transition for all of its stakeholders.

Currently the two member schools and nursery are located on the same site.  The trust will shortly be aiming to expand in order to include a third school in the medium term, within a stipulated geographical radius of approximately 45 minutes travelling time.

Plans for the Future

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

  1. To increase the skills base of the board of directors, to plug skills gaps in areas such as HR and risk management.
  2. To incorporate a third and possibly fourth school within the Trust and to support this to develop/improve, in line with the RPAT ethos.
  3. To work upon the key areas for development identified at its respective inspections in order to further improve provision/standards across the Trust with the aim of all Trust schools becoming ‘Outstanding’.

Trust ethos & values

RPAT stands for “Respect, Belief and Excellence”. As a trust it:

  • Values every member of its community
  • Enhances and celebrates similarities and differences
  • Recognizes its lifelong ability and ambition to learn and grow
  • Rises to all inspiring opportunities

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 

3

Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Essential

  • HR
  • Change Management
  • Growth Management

Desirable

  • Succession planning

Person specification

The trust seeks to appoint a senior business professional with knowledge of HR and Change Management. Applicants should be able to demonstrate an understanding of risk, restructuring, rapid organisational improvement and strategic objective planning including the setting of clear and measurable KPIs.

Time commitment

6 hours /month minimum.

Role 2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Essential

  • Branding/Marketing

Desirable

  • PR

Person specification

Knowledge of branding/PR/marketing desirable. It is hoped the successful candidate will contribute to the project management of the future expansion of the trust and to act in an advisory capacity where appropriate.

Time commitment

6 hours /month minimum.

Role 3 – Member

Essential

  • Risk Management

Person specification

Knowledge of Risk Management is essential. It is hoped the successful candidate will contribute to the project management of the future expansion of the trust and to act in an advisory capacity where appropriate.

Time commitment

6 hours /month minimum.

Location of Board Meetings and Trust Website

Trust website: http://riseparkacademytrust.org.uk

Board meetings take place at: Rise Park Academy Trust, Annan Way, Romford, RM1 4UD.

Governance Structure

Please see: http://www.riseparkinfants.co.uk/governing-body/rise-park-academy-trust-members-and-directors

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: Friday 24th November 2017