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The Blyth Quays Trust is looking to recruit new trustees!

13th January 2015, 3:33
The Blyth Quays Trust is looking to recruit new trustees to play an active role in the governance of this recently formed multi-academy trust. The trust was established in March 2013 to forge closer working relationships and share services and expertise between three primary academy schools in Blyth.

It is essential that the new trustees are enthusiastic, willing to learn and committed to improving education for all the pupils in the trust. You will be expected to work as part of an established team that takes collective responsibility for the decisions it makes. It is hoped that one of the new trustees will be able to take on the role of chairing the Board that has strategic oversight of all activity across the trust.

If the possibility of working within a challenging but rewarding context excites you then please read on.

About The Blyth Quays Trust

The Blyth Quays Trust is a multi - academy charitable trust established in March 2013 and is run by an overarching board of trustees. The Trust comprises of three primary schools in Blyth, Northumberland all of which retain their own Local Governing Body and control of their finances:
    •    Croftway Primary Academy
    •    Malvin’s Close Primary Academy
    •    Morpeth Road Primary Academy

The three schools converted to academy status on 1 June 2014. Converter academies are state schools, funded directly by the Department for Education, instead of the local authority, and as a result receive directly the money that the local authority has previously spent on its behalf, giving the school more control over its funding and decision making.

The main benefits of Academy status include:
    •    Greater control over our own admissions.
    •    Greater control over our finances and the money due to our schools.
    •    Educational benefits for our pupils as a result of additional freedoms available to academies in terms of the curriculum we offer, and how we prioritise our resources.
    •    The opportunity to work in closer partnership with other schools, and share expertise and services that will benefit all of our pupils and staff.

Mission and Values

The Blyth Quays Trust is focused on using these greater freedoms to work in partnership with other schools, including those within the group and the wider community, to provide excellence through high aspirations, high expectations and high achievement.

Fostering and achieving this common purpose by:
    •    Recognising and celebrating the individuality of each school.
    •    Delivering a strategic approach to achieving our core purpose.
    •    Ensuring high quality teaching and learning through the sharing of good practise.
    •    Promoting respect, tolerance, equal opportunity and active citizenship.
    •    Taking collective responsibility for positive attitudes and behaviour

About the roles

In a multi-academy trust, the Board of Trustees is responsible for the strategic direction of the trust, for holding the academies to account for their pupils’ standards and achievement and for the use made of all the resources available to the trust.

Chair of Trustees: We are looking for someone with a good understanding of educational policy and experience of strategic leadership to take on the role of Chair of our trust. The role of Chair will help to ensure that the activity of the Trust Board is focused on those areas that will make a difference, whilst ensuring the trust complies with both company law and charity commission requirements. The role will require a very good understanding of the role of Chair in a Trust context and previous experience of Board membership.  Previous experience of being a Chair, whilst helpful, is not essential.

Trustee: We are looking for trustees who would like to play an active role in the governance arrangements of our trust. The type of person we are looking for will be enthusiastic, willing to learn and committed to improving the education for all pupils in the trust. You will have an industry or commerce or business finance background and previous Board experience would be helpful but isn’t essential. The role will involve working as part of a team to challenge the individual academies on their standards and achievement and helping shape the strategic direction of the trust whilst working specifically to support the work of the Finance and General Purpose Committee and/or the Audit Committee.

The roles will involve regular attendance at meetings and, at present, this is approximately 6 meetings / year plus the associated work prior to, and after, each meeting. Each meeting usually lasts about two hours.


Expression of Interest


If the possibility of working with us excites you then please send us a brief resumee that identifies how your skills and experience are just what we are looking for. This can be sent the Trust’s Director of  Operations at: Diane.Houghton@northumberland.gov.uk 

Thank you for your interest.

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