Non-executive director X 1

Location
Bromley
Salary
unpaid/ voluntary
Posted
24 Jan 2019
Closes
24 Feb 2019
Ref
The Spring Partnership Trust
Sector
Education
Contract Type
Permanent

The Spring Partnership Trust The Spring Partnership Trust in Bromley seeks a non-executive director with estates and property or health and safety/risk management experience to join their board. The trust has six primary schools with over 2,000 pupils. Board meetings are held in Bromley.   About the trust

The Spring Partnership Trust (TSPT) is a ‘primary school only’ multi academy Trust based in Bromley. The trust currently consists of Hayes Primary School, St Mary Cray Primary Academy (SMCPA), Dorset Road Infant School (DRIS), Castlecombe Primary School (CPS), Midfield Primary School (MPS) and Leesons Primary School (LPS). Overall, the trust has a turnover of approximately £10 million, 2,000 pupils on roll and employs 250 staff.

The character of this trust is varied. The largest school is a three form primary while the smallest is a one form infant school of just 67 pupils. The schools are located in very different areas. One is in an affluent stable community whilst some are located in areas of need with transient populations which have concomitant very high levels of pupil premium funding and associated social need.

Plans for the future

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

  1. To continue the work of integrating the schools into a cohesive whole where there is mutual support and improvement together with benefiting from economies of scale both in terms of being more efficient financially but also in reducing teachers’ workloads.
  2. The governance structure and procedures are constantly evolving to enable the trust board to take a high-level strategic view whilst also coordinating carefully with the work of local governing bodies.

Trust ethos & values

The trust is firmly committed to ensuring that every child receives the very best education and ensures this by instilling:

  • Standards - Aspirational
  • Pride
  • Resilience
  • Individuality - celebrating each child teacher and school
  • New starts - reinvention and change to think about how to do things differently
  • Growth mind set
  • Excellence

Role summary Number of positions advertised:

1

Role 1 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust; the role is to hold to account the executive and senior leadership team. The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust. The trustees ensure compliance with the trust’s charitable objects and with company and charity law.

Person specification

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential

 

  • Risk
  • Corporate Governance
  •  Real Estate/Property
  • Health and Safety
  •  

Desirable

 

  • Legal/Compliance
  •  

The trust welcomes applicants with corporate experience of estates and property, estates or facilities management, health and safety monitoring and accountability. Candidates should have excellent interpersonal skills, senior level experience of management of health and safety within a work place and be proactive with initiative to get fully involved.

Time commitment

Approx. 2 hours/week on average. There are two to three meetings per term (generally held either at 7.00pm or 8.00am) with additional ad hoc meetings and visits to schools. 

Location of board meetings and trust website

The majority of Board meetings are held at Hayes Primary School, George Lane Bromley BR2 7LQ. Please see https://www.springpartnershiptrust.co.uk/

Governance structure

Please see https://www.springpartnershiptrust.co.uk/page/?title=Directors+and+Pecuniary+Interests&pid=22

Background on academy trusts

Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 74% of secondary schools and 31% 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 775 multi academy trusts of 3+ 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 programme 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: Monday 4th March 2019   

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