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About the trust

Nene Education Trust is a multi-academy trust based in Raunds, Northamptonshire, currently with seven academies collectively catering for students from ages four through to 18, enabling children to complete their education through the Nene Education Trust with guided transitions between primary and secondary levels.

The trust was established in 2013 when the secondary Manor School Sports College agreed to sponsor St. Peter’s C of E Academy which caters for both boys and girls between the ages of seven and 11. Manor School Sports College is a ‘Good’ school with parents choosing the school from a wide range of catchment areas, not just feeder schools in the direct locality. The success of Manor School has led to increased intake numbers for the last two years. Within 18 months of joining the trust, St. Peter’s C of E Academy improved from Special Measures to Good and has since maintained this rating. Stanwick Primary Academy joined the trust in August 2016, widening the age range within the trust so that boys and girls from the age of 4 upwards can be educated through the trust’s academy system. Stanwick has recently been recognised as a Good school by Ofsted (June 2019) again demonstrating the capacity of the trust to improve its schools. In July 2018 Windmill Primary and Newton Road Primary (formerly Risdene Academy) joined the Nene Education Trust both moving from the defunct Education Fellowship Trust. Within 3 months of joining Windmill were reconfirmed as a Good school by Oftsed. Newton Road joins the trust without an Ofsted category but were classified as Special Measures in their previous guise. Most recently in June 2019, Park Infants (Raunds) and Woodford CE Primary have joined the trust. This has added further breadth to our church schools as well as Early Years and Key Stage 1.

The Nene Education Trust has developed a reputation for delivering high quality educational and personal support for young people in East Northamptonshire.

The trust board are fully aware that all accountability sits with them and that the governance structure needs to work efficiently to best enact this responsibility. There are a strong number of volunteers at all levels of governance.

Role summary

Number of positions advertised: 1

Role  – Member

A member is able to alter the trust’s Articles of Association and appoint (or remove) trustees/directors where necessary. They provide independent oversight to the work of the board of trustees in order to ensure suitable accountability for its decision making and strategy. At Nene Education Trust the members are expected to be signatories for the academy trust, to attend 2 meetings per year, and to add to the already broad skillset within the existing team of members.

 
Person specification

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

Person specification

The competencies required for this role include:

Essential

  • Business expertise
  • Non-executive/ Trustee
  • Corporate Governance

Desirable

  • Strategic leadership
  • Experience of Board Membership
    Time commitment

2 hours per month minimum.


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