Trustee roles at South York Multi-Academy Trust

North Yorkshire, York
08 Jul 2021
05 Aug 2021
JN -072021-4391
Ben Bateson
Job role
Contract type
Part time
Experience level

Could you be an Academy Ambassador in York? South York Multi Academy Trust seeks two new non-executive directors/Trustees to join its board. Board meetings are held at YO10 4FY when safe to do so.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at multi-academy trusts (MATs) throughout the country to raise standards of education and improve the life chances of young people, which is critical to our social and economic success.

The opportunity

The South York Multi Academy Trust stems from over twenty years of collaborative working and partnership between the current trust members and the schools set to join the trust. The trust's current membership and growth plans exemplify its work to develop outstanding provision across the 4-18 age range within York and its surrounding area.

The trust currently has one secondary, one junior and two 'through primary' schools, all of which are rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted. Within the trust, Church of England primary and junior schools work alongside the community provision in Fulford Secondary School. Another primary which serves children from 4-11 is set to join later this year as well as a school specialising in alternative provision for children that struggle to manage in the mainstream setting.

The board seeks two business leaders with expertise in:

  • Education Leadership (Secondary) or
  • Strategic Leadership/Management

As a key member of the board you will support the trust in achieving the following over the next 12 - 24 months:

  • Growth - there are plans to grow the trust beyond the current two schools set to join. The Board will need to maintain strategic oversight and manage associated risks.
  • Maintain high standards through the period of growth. The trust is proud that all its schools are currently 'good or better' and is keen to ensure the highest standards are maintained.
  • Strategic development of central capacity to support the trust's schools.
  • Maintaining strong financial management.

What's involved?

The trust meets as a full board once each half term (six meetings per year) with occasional extras for urgent matters e.g. when a new school is set to join the trust. The committees meet around four times per year, and it is likely that new trustees would be invited to join a committee based on their skills and interests. The average time commitment of a trustee is around 6/8 hours per month.

You will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

As an Academy Ambassador, you will join our ambassador network which provides resources, guidance, networking events and webinars to support you in your role. All roles are pro bono.

What next?

Please register your interest to be considered for the role.

Please be aware the closing date may change if we have received sufficient applications.

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