Kennet School Academies Trust
Kennet School Academies Trust (KSAT)
Kennet School Academies Trust in Thatcham, West Berkshire is a combined secondary and primary academy trust consisting of three schools. The core purpose of the Trust is unapologetically focussed on securing the very best academic results for every pupil at every stage of their educational journey at each school in the Trust. The trust is looking to recruit a Member with experience as a trustee/NED in the public or private sector to join an experienced team of members.
About the trust
Kennet School Academies Trust, a family of schools, seek a broad and balanced curriculum and financial efficiency through economy of scale and collaboration to prioritise funding on learning within and beyond the classroom. The Trust is defined by its geographical nature and, we believe, as a community serving model.
The Trust has two primary and one secondary school, all based in Thatcham. Kennet school was rated by Ofsted as Outstanding in 2016, and both primaries were rated Good in the same year. They pride themselves on the highly skilled teachers and support staff working together to delivery an exceptional experience for the whole community.
The overall aim is to place pupil achievement at the heart of the Trust through setting high targets and making high-quality engagement in the classroom the key means by which pupils are enabled to thrive in their learning. There is no place for a lack of ambition or complacency and the team work together as a community to deliver the very best life chances for pupils from the very first day they start to their final day in Sixth Form.
KATS is proud to educate over 2700 pupils each year and employs nearly 400 staff with a budget of £15m.
Plans for the future
The key challenges for the trust over the next 12-24 months are:
- Improve outcomes for students in all three academies;
- Financial stability building on surplus now held in the Trust;
- Recruitment of high-quality teachers at both primary and secondary level.
Trust ethos & values
- Secure the best academic results for every pupil.
- Create a caring, safe and stimulating environment.
- Secure the well-being and happiness of each pupil at every stage of their educational journey.
- Foster intellectual, social, moral and physical development of each pupil.
- Enable all pupils to experience success and be excited by their personal potential.
- Meet the needs of society by ensuring our pupils understand and develop the essential skills to contribute and improve their community.
- Provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum which enables pupils to achieve and thrive.
- Cultivate pupils’ academic curiosity along with the ability to explore answers.
- Create exceptional life chances.
The Governance of Kennet School Academies Trust currently comprises 5 Members and a Board of 10 Directors. In addition, each school has its own Local Governing Body.
Number of positions advertised: 1
Role 1 Member
A Member is able to alter the trust’s Articles of Association and appoint (or remove) Trustees/directors where necessary. Members provide independent oversight into the work of the Board of Trustees in order to ensure appropriate accountability for its decision making and strategy. At Kennet School Academies Trust the Members are expected to be signatories for the academy trust, to attend on average two meetings per year, and to add to the already broad skillset within the existing team of members. An understanding of executive and non-executive trustee boards and the role of an “eyes on, hands off” membership with the ability to communicate effectively with the Board of Directors is essential.
Every Member 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:
Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)
- Non-executive Trustee
- Corporate Governance
Desirable (candidates may have experience in one of the following areas)
- Higher education
- Business management
- Real estate/property
Two hours/month minimum. KSAT offers an induction to all new members. The members meet twice a year.
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 832 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 in delivering for their pupils.
“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 (2019)
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.