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Trustee

Employer
Governors for Schools' Trustee Recruitment Service
Location
Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex
Salary
Volunteer Role
Closing date
23 Mar 2024

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Sector
Charity and not for profit, Education
Salary band
Unremunerated
Where will they be working?
Hybrid - mostly office

We are currently seeking a trustee to join the board of Aurora Academies Trust, a trust of seven schools, with an annual budget of £18.9m.

As a trustee/director your key responsibilities will be to:

Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction Hold executive leaders to account – both for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the effective and efficient performance management of staff Oversee the organisation’s financial performance and ensure its funds are directed to the best possible educational outcomes for young people By volunteering as a trustee/ director you will be responsible for contributing to the strategic decision-making of the board, helping the trust to realise immediate and long-term goals, and ultimately ensuring transparency, accountability and challenge.

 

About Aurora Academies Trust

Total number of staff is currently 436.
Total number of students is just under 3000.

The trust was founded in 2012 with just four schools and has grown gradually since then. All schools are judged to be ‘Good’ by Ofsted (one school is yet to be inspected). The trust is sponsored by Pansophic Learning which is an international school management company (https://pansophiclearning.com/).

The Trust’s requirements

The Trust is looking for one Educationalist (any phase/state or private) to join their Board. The ideal candidate will be a current senior leader in the education sector and will be ambitious with progressive views. The Trustee will join the Education Standards Committee, which meets four times a year (remotely). The Trust particularly welcomes applications from younger candidates or candidates from a diverse background. All applications are welcome and will be considered equally.

The Trust has a good range of skills on the board but one of their Trustees with the most educational experience has recently stepped down. Candidates will the opportunity to be involved in the next stage of development of the Trust; they are in the process of appointing a new CEO after which they want to update their vision and growth strategy. The Board of Trustees is experienced, supportive and committed. Trustees are encouraged to visit schools in the Trust to get a fuller understanding of its opportunities, challenges and specific contexts..

Trust priorities/challenges:
- Short term challenges include retention of staff, cost increases and Ofsted due at three schools;
- Medium term challenges include further school improvement especially around outcomes at Years 6 and 11.
- Long term challenge is the sustainable growth of the trust and ensuring best use of limited resources.
 

What difference will you make?

Volunteering on an academy trust board is deeply rewarding as it allows you to impact the life chances of young people. Academy trusts support schools to give children a better future. For young people to have the best possible opportunities in later life, it’s vital we have individuals with the right expertise leading schools and holding executive teams accountable. Becoming a trustee is a fantastic opportunity to give back to your local community by strengthening education.

As well as looking for new opportunities to give something back to society, you may be looking for opportunities to build your experience in strategic decision-making at senior level or demonstrate your ability to perform in a non-executive position as part of a portfolio career.

All roles are pro bono

People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Governing boards should represent the communities they serve, as well as wider society. We welcome interest from underrepresented groups to ensure academy trust boards are diverse in background, skillset, and thought.

Diversity is a powerful instrument for effective governance. Trustees are required to make choices that impact the daily lives of children, from school finance all the way through to staff and pupil recruitment. It’s essential that boards possess a broad set of beliefs, experiences, and ideas to inform their final judgements. We believe that true representation at board level enables all children to fulfil their potential.

 

Useful information – about the trust

Trust website: https://www.auroraacademies.org/

Companies House information: https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/08107711

Get Information About Schools: https://www.get-information-schools.service.gov.uk/Groups/Group/Details/2206

 

Useful information – academy trust governance

Academy Trust Handbook: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/64a52424c531eb000c64fe78/ATH_2023_FINAL_040723__digital__tracking_off.pdf

Governance Handbook https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5f7ee42be90e07741264a0cb/Governance_Handbook_FINAL.pdf 

Competency Framework for Governance: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5a809e8740f0b62305b8c336/Competency_framework_for_governance_.pdf

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