Trustees Recruitment

GOVERNANCE VACANCIES               

 

John Kyrle High School and Sixth Form Centre seeks to recruit up to two additional Members and up to five additional Trustees and two Parent Governors to join the Board of Trustees.  Ideally, they will have experience in, but not limited to:

 

  • Education Leadership; or

  • Financial Management/Accountability; or

  • Data Analysis/Data Management; or

  • Risk Management; or

  • Estates Management; or

  • Health and Safety; or

  • Marketing & Communication

 

WHAT'S INVOLVED?

 

John Kyrle High School is an Academy Trust directly funded by the Department for Education (DfE).  It is both a Company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. Consequently, our governance structure has two levels:

 

Members

Our Members are akin to the shareholders of a company. They have ultimate control over the academy trust, with the ability to appoint some of the Trustees and the right to amend the Trust’s articles of association. Their key purpose is to hold the Board of Trustees to account and ensure that the Trust is well run and well managed. Members must meet annually although they may meet more frequently.

 

TRUSTEES

The Board of Trustees are responsible for determining the overall strategic direction and development of the Trust through good governance and clear strategic planning, to ensure that it delivers the best possible outcomes for our pupils. The Board ensures compliance with the legal and financial requirements under company and charity law, and under agreements made with the Department for Education. This is a position with a term of four years and involves meetings approximately every month, alternating between evening and daytime meetings. 

 

In addition, the Board is advised by the Head Teacher, two Parent Governors and [one Employee Governor]. Governors have the right to attend all full board and relevant committee meetings but may not vote on decisions.

 

 

WHAT'S INVOLVED?

 

As a key member of the board, you will support the trust in achieving its action and school improvement plans (awaited from the most recent OFSTED inspection) over the next 12 – 36 months.  One element of those plans, in-line with Government policy, will be the transition of the school to membership of a Multi Academy Trust.

 

Board governance in education is a strategic, ‘eyes on, hands off’ commitment, which means attending 10-15 meetings per academic year, amounting to approx. a day a month allowing for reading and preparation time.

 

You will be responsible for:

 

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

  • Holding school’s senior leaders to account for:

    • the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils,

    • safeguarding, attendance and discipline

    • the effective and efficient performance management of staff;

    • implementation of the school’s strategy and

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

 

WHY VOLUNTEER?

 

The rewards for your time are huge!

 

Trustees and governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards.  They provide strategic leadership and accountability in our schools. 

 

We recognise these individuals as being absolutely key to the effectiveness of our school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing board.

 

You are entitled to time off work to perform governance duties. This may be on a paid or unpaid basis depending on your employer, who may welcome the new or existing skills that you will develop in undertaking this varied role.

 

Make a difference

 

The role provides critical challenge and support to the leadership team with the ultimate aim of driving up standards. This is a fantastic opportunity to 'give something back'; have a measurable impact on education and positively influence children’s lives. 

 

Develop your skills

 

This is an opportunity to develop a range of both new and existing skills. You could be using your professional expertise in a specific capacity, or working on softer skills such as team working, leadership or negotiation.

 

Improve your knowledge of the education sector

 

As a Member, Trustee or Governor you will gain a fascinating insight into how schools work and how the education sector is changing and continues to change.

 

Challenge yourself

 

There’s no denying that being a school governor is a challenge, but that’s a good thing. The role should be a challenge (because it’s vitally important) and it can sometimes put you outside your comfort zone when you have to get to grips with new policies, procedures and problems.

 

Getting to know your community

 

Schools are always embedded deeply within the fabric of their community and it is part of the role of being a governor to ensure the school is accountable to the area it serves.

 

It’s fun

 

Being a governor and trustee is both fun and interesting. The fact that the role is so enjoyable is probably one of the main reasons why there are so many people giving up their time across the country to take up roles such as these. 

 

WHO CAN BECOME A MEMBER, TRUSTEE OR GOVERNOR?

 

Almost anyone over 18 years of age can become a Member, Trustee or Governor. There are no particular qualifications or requirements, other than a willingness to give time to the role and a capacity for working with other people.

 

What is important to both the Member, Trustee and Governor roles is a specific working skill set relevant to the team (for example HR, data analysis, finance, project management) and the ability to give a time commitment to the position.

 

There are vetting checks (such as an enhanced DBS[1] check) which need to take place before you can be appointed, in line with legislation to keep children safe in education.

 

We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all and appointments made on merit. We believe that the best boards are those that reflect the communities they serve.

 

We particularly welcome applications from women, people from local minority ethnic communities, and disabled people who we know are under-represented in chair and non-executive roles.  

 

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

 

For an informal and confidential discussion about becoming a Trustee, Governor or a Member please contact:

 

Mrs Linda Evans, Clerk to the Trustees.

E: linda.evans@services4schools.org.uk

M: 07464 490961

Governor Support Team

Services4Schools

Waterloo House

4 Waterloo Road

Wolverhampton

WV1 4BL

 

 

 

Making an application

If you wish to be considered for a Trustee or Member role, please register your interest HERE and request one of the following

  • Community Trustee Application Form

  • Parent Governor Nomination Form

  • Member Application Form

 

The Forms will ask you:

  • About you, your skills and qualifications

  • Why you want to become a Trustee or Member. Please let us know your motivation for applying and your understanding of the role. You should outline your personal responsibility and achievement within previous roles and how your experience will support JKHS

  • Your relationship with JKHS or other school

  • the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees.  Your referees should be individuals in a line management capacity, and cover your most recent employer, any regulated activity or where roles involved children or vulnerable adults.  Your references may be taken prior to interview and may be shared with the selection panel

  • to complete a declaration of eligibility

 

 

What happens next?

 

·The Clerk to the Trustees will review all applications to assess their match to needs of Trust Board and Member skills Matrix.

  • If your profile matches you will be invited to an interview with a small panel of Trustees and/or Members

  • If you are invited to become a member or trustee, you will be offered the appointment for no more than four years subject to satisfactory references and DBS check. 

  • Those wishing to stand as Parent Governors will have their names included on the ballot paper.

 

Key dates

  • closing date for receipt of applications:  Please forward your completed application to Linda Evans by 12.00 noon, Monday 16 May, 2022

  • interview dates:  between 27 May and 10 June

  • Proposed start date: on completion of pre-appointment checks (2-4 weeks) 30 June 2022.

  • Parent Governor Election: w/c 04 July 2022

 

 

Further information

You may find the following documents informative:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/925104/Governance_Handbook_FINAL.pdf

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583733/Competency_framework_for_governance_.pdf

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/60c8d0318fa8f57ce8c4621e/Academy_trust_handbook_2021.pdf