The Greetland Academy Trust is a growing trust in Calderdale, West Yorkshire.
Role – Trustee/Non-Executive Director
Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse.
The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objects, company and charity law.
Non-executive directors will be responsible for maintaining stability and the management of a dynamic structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and potential growth, and holding the CEO/CFO to account.
In accordance with DfE requirements in relation to safeguarding, all trustee appointments will be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.
Every trustee is expected to abide by the trust’s code of conduct and the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
The Competency Framework for Governance (DfE) 2017 details the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective governance: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583733/Competency_framework_for_governance_.pdf
The strategic expertise required for this role includes:
A qualified legal professional would be ideal to help scrutinize the various aspects of compliance and provide broader understanding on the board of information given by advisers.
The Greetland Academy trust is at an exciting time of growth and development. Currently the schools within the trust are:
The trust will soon be supporting Carlinghow Princess Royal Primary School in Kirklees and, following a request from the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) it is hoped the school will join the trust early in 2020.
Greetland Academy is also the home to a Teaching School which provides training and development for teachers across the region as well as being an English Hub; this is an additional mark of quality in terms of the teaching of English. The Teaching School also supports over 20 new recruits who are training to teach through the School Centered Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) offer. In addition, Greetland Academy is designated as a Research School.
The trust currently provides an education to 1000 pupils and operates with a budget of £3.7m. The trust employs 50 members of staff. Clearly, both these figures are set to grow as the trust expands.
The trust has schools in communities of high deprivation; 25% of the pupil cohort are in receipt of free school meals. 7% of the cohort have special educational needs and require tailored provision and 5% of the pupils within the trust speak English as an additional language.
Improving the life chances of young people, particularly the disadvantaged, is critical to the UK’s social and economic success. The objective of the academies programme is to change education in England for the better by raising standards. As multi-academy trusts (MATs) grow and develop in pursuit of this objective, they face significant challenges. The skills and experience of business leaders can help these trusts and their pupils succeed.
Non-executive directors will attend 6 Board meetings per year (2 per term) as well as 3 committee meetings per year. Board meetings are scheduled from 7pm and run for up to 2 hours. On the three occasions when each subcommittee runs, these are scheduled to run from 6-7pm on the same day as a Board meeting for convenience. The Board has two subcommittees (Finance and Education Standards); new trustees may be invited to join one of the subcommittees depending on their skills and interests.