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
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
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
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
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 behaviourAbout the roles
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.
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
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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