Isle Education Trust

About the trust

In Spring 2013, South Axholme Academy was approached by the Department for Education to become a sponsor of Epworth Primary Academy which had gone in to special measures in February 2013. This local solution to support the neighbouring primary school was agreed and a restructure of the senior leadership team at South Axholme Academy allowed support to be placed in the primary school to accelerate their journey out of special measures.

Epworth Primary Academy came out of special measures and was graded good in December 2014, 14 months after being sponsored. The trust sought to grow and, in October 2014, what was the Young People's Education Centre (YPEC) - an alternative provision for KS3/4 - academised and joined the trust. The former YPEC now operates as Coritani Academy; its results are now outstanding compared to similar providers, nationally.

There are currently three academies within the trust: South Axholme Academy (SAA) is a secondary school and sixth form for students aged 11-19, Epworth Primary Academy (EPA) is a primary school with nursery for pupils aged 3-11, Coritani Academy is an Alternative Provision (AP) school for students who need a more bespoke learning experience than is offered in mainstream schools.

Role Summary

Number of Positions Advertised: 1


Member Role

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 Isle Education Trust, the members are expected to be signatories for the academy trust, to attend two meetings per year, and to add to the already broad skillset within the existing team of members.


The intention is that IET has a supervisory board of five Members; the main role of the Member’s board is to hold to account the board of trustees.


The competencies required for this role include:


Essential (candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)

  • CFO/ Finance
  • Growth Management
  • Corporate Governance



  • Change Management
  • Risk
  • Non-executive Director/Trustee




Person Specification

This is a strategic role overseeing the existing IET Board.  Knowledge of accountancy and public funding would be an advantage.


Time Commitment

The members meet twice per year: once for the Annual General Meeting and at one other point in the year to gain an understanding of the operation of the trust.  In addition, members receive quarterly reports to keep them updated with progress. Meetings are held at South Axaholme Academy, Epworth, and tend to start around 6 pm and last for up to 2 hours.  We envisage this role will require occasional short periods of time to read papers and attend the two meetings which will equate to approximately 10-12 hours per year.

One hour per month.

Location of Meetings and Trust Website

South Axholme Academy, Burnham Road, Epworth, DN9 1BY

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