Non-Executive Director X 2

About the trust

The PLT began as a secondary school rated Outstanding by Ofsted and expanded in 2016 to become a multi-academy trust (MAT) by taking on a second school. The trust serves diverse schools in coastal and rural hinterland communities within an area that is experiencing rapid and large demographic growth. Currently consisting of four schools; the founding school Priory Community School and Worle Community School, both secondary schools, and two primaries - St. Anne Church Academy and Castle Batch Primary School Academy which joined earlier this year, one school holds an Ofsted rating of Outstanding, two hold Good and one that was previously rated as Inadequate, but which the trust has since turned around. A 5th schools is due to join the trust this October.

The trust is currently responsible for the academic success of over 5000 pupils, employing 500 staff, with a revenue budget of over £23 million. All schools have a planned balanced budget for the next two years and predicted outcomes show improvement. Pupil to Teacher ratios are high and its income and staff costs are below average with the National Funding Formula indicating its secondary schools will achieve financial increases.

The Priory Learning Trust was awarded the prestigious National Teaching School status in 2016 and is a successful teacher-training school.

Role Summary
Number of Positions: 1/2

Role – Trustee/Non-Executive Director

Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust; the role is to hold to account the executive and senior leadership team. The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust. The trustees ensure compliance with the trust’s charitable objects and with company and charity law.

Person Specification

The trust is seeking up to two non-executives to replace the skills of trustees that are stepping down and to strengthen succession planning for the trust board.

The competencies required for these roles include:

Essential

  • Corporate Governance
  • Growth Management
  • Strategic HR
  • Change Management

Desirable

  • Audit Committee Chair
  • IT/Technology
  • Real estate/property

The trust is interested in candidates with experience of working at a strategic level in commercial organisations. Candidates must be able to make decisions, act as an advisor, hold executives to account and be reflective and evaluative whilst able to review large amounts of data and quickly prioritising key issues. Experience of strategic planning, organisational development skills, as well as a strong understanding of managing change and growth is necessary for this role.

Candidates must have a deep interest in the safeguarding, welfare and success of children.

Time Commitment

The voluntary role currently asks candidates to commit to around 6-7 hours per month to include attending trust board meetings, reading and preparation time. This may change as the outcomes of the governance review (see below) are understood and governance across the trust is strengthened.


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