Non-Executive Director/Trustee at North Star Community Trust

North Star Community Trust seeks to recruit an Education Specialist trustee to join its strong multi-academy trust Board. Board meetings are held remotely and on occasions at Cuckoo Hall school in Edmonton.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at single-academy and multi-academy trusts (SATs and 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

Based in a challenging part of London, North Star Community Trust aims to give young people in the community the best chance of succeeding in future through excellent education. It is a multi-academy trust of four Primaries and one Secondary school in North London, educating 2,521 pupils. The trust is growing organically and considering new opportunities based on locally driven needs.

North Star Community Trust (the trust) was set up to run, manage and develop Cuckoo Hall Primary Academy, along with established primary schools in Edmonton (North London). In July 2012 the government announced that the trust had been successful in its bid to open Heron Hall, a new secondary academy.

In 2014 the trust was contacted by the sponsors of Enfield Heights Primary Academy in Enfield Wash to take over the school. At the time, Enfield Heights was in the Requires Improvement category. Since then Enfield Heights has shown rapid improvement under the leadership of the trust and Ofsted subsequently rated the school Outstanding.

The board seeks a business leader with board level experience in

  • Education Leadership
  • Education Policy

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

  1. Delivering the best possible education for all of the children at all the trust's academies through a consistently high quality and cost effective approach.
  2. Accelerating student attainment and progress for all with outcomes exceeding national averages
  3. Building trust-wide infrastructure and leadership capacity to support at least 3000 students
  4. Making a significant contribution to the community as a key local employer-of-choice and a provider of community facilities

What's involved?

Board governance in education is a strategic, 'eyes on, hands off' commitment which typically involves attending c. six board meetings per year/6-8 hours' time 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.

People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

What next?

Please register your interest now to be considered for the role.

When you select Apply you will be redirected to the Academy Ambassadors webpage where you will find a full role specification with more details of the opportunity and the trust, including details of how to apply for the position.

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

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