Non-Executive Director x 3

Location
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Salary
Unpaid, voluntary
Posted
19 Oct 2017
Closes
01 Dec 2017
Ref
Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academies Trust
Specialist Area
HR function
Sector
Education

Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academies Trust

Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academies Trust seeks three new non-executive directors with property and estates, HR and/or legal skills to join this growing trust in the South of England. Board meetings are held at Peninsular House, Wharf Road, Portsmouth, PO2 8HB.

About the trust

Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academies Trust was established in 2012 as part of the original academies agenda to support disadvantaged and failing church schools. The trust currently consists of four primary schools – three Church of England and one combined Church of England and Catholic primary school. The trust is also the umbrella sponsor for The Bishop of Winchester Academy in Bournemouth , with which it has a strong and co-operative relationship.The trust is currently awaiting approval to changes to its Memorandum and Articles of Association (see http://www.pwdat.org/memorandum-and-articles/) which will allow it to take non-Church schools into the trust and make revisions to the directorship in removing chairs of local governing bodies from the board.

Constituent Academies:

St Blasius CE Primary Academy, IOW                      Approx. 200 on roll      Ofsted ‘ Good’ June 2017

St Columba CE Primary Academy, Fareham            Approx. 185 on roll      Ofsted RI July 2016

St James’ CE Primary Academy, Bournemouth        Approx. 422 on roll      Ofsted ‘Good’ June 2017

St Francis C & CE Primary Academy, IOW               Approx. 245 on roll      No Ofsted grading – became an academy in the trust on the 1st July 2017. Previous Ofsted judgement as an LA ‘school’ was inadequate (2016).

All of the trust academies have joined from being either judged to be ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted or presenting serious and significant challenges that the LA have been unable to resolve i.e. safeguarding and finance. The Trust works tirelessly in partnership with the academies, delegating some local governance functions as appropriate to the situation, establishing a culture of earnt autonomy where rapid and transformational improvement is possible. The Trust has been successful in narrowing the attainment gap for disadvantaged children in all of its constituent academies (indeed in some instances the group of disadvantaged children now outperform others) and remains focused on improving this even further in the coming year.

The trust has plans to grow and anticipates that two primary schools will join in the next academic year. It also plans to submit an application to open a new primary Free School within the next two years. The trust will continue (subject to the outcomes of due diligence) to take in schools rated inadequate by Ofsted in both the Portsmouth and Winchester Dioceses. The trust is open to schools across Portsmouth, Gosport the Isle of Wight and Bournemouth all of which are  highly deprived and challenging areas with 40%+ Pupil Premium, SEND above the national and highly mobile and children with English as an Additional Language in Portsmouth city.

The trust is focused on every child having the best possible opportunities, educational and otherwise, to enable them to flourish in every respect.

Plans for the Future

The trust’s main challenges over the next year will be:

  1. To better facilitate school to school collaboration to challenge and support schools across the academy estate, including 'growing our own' with employees seeing a real career path through the trust.
  2. To grow the trust to a financially and educationally self-supporting position. This will involve the acquisition of at least another two primary schools.
  3. To develop links with the business and wider community to provide a greater range of opportunities for all pupils, improving their life chances and horizons.
  4. To increase central resource and capacity to give further support to academies - particularly those in challenging circumstances.
  5. To improve all aspects of safety, finance and provision in the latest sponsor academy which joined the trust on 1 July 2017.
  6.  

Trust ethos & values

To create within a framework of Christian values, thriving and successful academies that set the highest aspirations for children’s attainment and behaviour and enable children to excel academically, socially and spiritually.

Please see http://www.pwdat.org/visions-values-and-mission/ for more information.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 

3

Role 1, 2  & 3– Trustee/Non-Executive Director

The non-executive director plays a vital strategic role in transforming the education and opportunities of thousands of children in the South of England. Portsmouth and Winchester Diocesan Academies Trust seek outstanding candidates who have proven success within their own field of work and are committed to working within a trust founded with Christian ethos and values.

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential

  • Growth and Change Management
  • HR
  • Real Estate/Property
  • Corporate Governance

Desirable

  • Non-executive/Trustee
  • Turnaround

Person specification

The trust welcomes applicants who are able to demonstrate a commitment to the academy movement, the aims and culture of the Trust. It would welcome individuals with experience in, any aspect of estates and property, change and growth management and/or M&A, legal or HR to complement and add to the diversity of the board.

Successful candidates are not required to be practising Christians or regular church-goers. All Directors are required to support the trust’s vision, ethos and mission.

Time commitment

5 hours /month minimum.

Trust Website

www.pwdat.org

Governance Structure

Please see http://www.pwdat.org/scheme-of-delegation/ and http://www.pwdat.org/the-trust-board/ for more information.

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 70% of secondary schools and 25% 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.

“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 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: 1st December 2017

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