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Ignis Academy Trust

South East and South London | Bexley

Deadline Date:  18/06/2021

Ignis Academy Trust in South-East London seeks two non-executive directors/Trustees with Legal or HR skills to join its board. Board meetings are held at DA17 5PF when safe to do so.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at single-academy and multi-academy trusts (SATs and MATs) throughout the country to raise standards of education and improve the life chances of young people, which is critical to our social and economic success.

The opportunity

Established in December 2016, Ignis Academy Trust is a partnership of Bedonwell Infant and Nursery School, Bedonwell Junior School and Barrington Primary School, all located in Bexley, South-East London. The former of the three received an Outstanding Ofsted inspection, and the latter two are both Ofsted rated Good. The trust employs 150 staff to supports its 1100 learners, and has a budget of approx. £5.6m. The percentage of pupils receiving Free School Meals (FSM) – an indicator of deprivation – is slightly below national averages across the trust.

The trust has high expectations of both pupil and staff performance in a relentless drive towards excellence. Staff at all levels are supported and encouraged to develop their expertise at all stages along their chosen career paths. Highly trained teachers and support staff collaborate across trust schools in order to share best practice and further enhance their knowledge, understanding and skills and ultimately, to impact positively on and rapidly improve pupil progress and attainment.

The board seeks two business leaders with board level experience in:

  • Legal/Compliance and
  • Risk or
  • HR and
  • Restructuring

As a key member of the board you will support the trust in achieving the following over the next 12 – 24 months:

  1. Preparing the trust for planned, sustainable growth to become a 10 school Multi Academy Trust over the next five to ten years.
  2. Ensuring all schools in the trust meet and exceed national averages.
  3. Ensuring financial stability.

To achieve targets, IAT aims to attract further capital funding and ensure financial stability by maximizing efficiency, reducing costs, generating new income streams and planning effectively for business growth.


What’s involved?

Board governance in education is a strategic, ‘eyes on, hands off’ commitment which typically involves attending c. six board meetings per year/6-8 hours’ time per month.

You will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

As an Academy Ambassador, you will join our ambassador network which provides resources, guidance, networking events and webinars to support you in your role.

All roles are pro bono.

People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

What next?

Please register your interest now to be considered for the role. 

Please be aware the closing date may change if we have received sufficient applications.