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Endeavour Academy Trust

Non-executive director/Trustee role


South West | Bristol

Deadline Date:  02/07/2021

Could you be an Academy Ambassador in North Bristol and South Gloucestershire? Endeavour Academy Trust seeks a non-executive/director to join its board. Board meetings are held in Southmead, Bristol.

The Academy Ambassadors programme brings the expertise of the business world onto boards at multi-academy trusts (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

With academies based in areas of high deprivation in North Bristol and South Gloucestershire, Endeavour Academy Trust has over 1,000 pupils, 30% of which are eligible for free school meals. The trust seeks to appoint a non-executive director to oversee the trust’s delivery of its vision and mission and the development of a new three-year strategy in conjunction with the CEO.

The board seeks a leader with expertise in

  • HR or
  • Legal

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

  • To become the school of choice: the Trust schools strive to provide a holistic well-rounded education for all children. The Trust seeks to support the schools in ensuring that all children reach their potential and prioritise children’s mental health and wellbeing. The Trust is undertaking a review of curriculum provision to ensure that the curriculum intent and implementation is in line with the vision & values. All schools currently have an Ofsted rating of Good (or better) and this has enhanced the reputation and popularity of the schools however, with both national and local population demographics showing a sustained decline in primary age pupil numbers, careful and creative planning is required to ensure that the Trust continues to make the best possible use of resource.
  • To become the employer of choice: The Trust is currently seeking to widen the opportunities for staff to work across the trust with all senior leaders holding trust wide roles and responsibilities to support school improvement. The Trust is also reviewing its recruitment, retention and career development policies and processes with the ambition to develop a comprehensive training and development offer and talent management programme.
  • To become the partner of choice: the trust successful opened Charlton Wood Primary Academy in September 2019 and longer term has ambitions to grow further. The trust aims to work with local partners to build leadership and school improvement capacity to improve the life chances of all local pupils and their communities.

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.

What next?

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

A full trust specification is available here: https://academyambassadors.my.salesforce.com/sfc/p/58000000t64T/a/4H000001VoIW/HgObCg3hehHUsHv6kL6iow06bEC5P49_BSIfqGBmr24

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