Trustee and Member of the Audit Committee

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Laidlaw Schools Trust seeks three new Trustees: one with a background in estates / property management, particularly in the area of development; one with a background in business growth and transformation in the North East region; and one with experience in health or social care, mental health services and family support. 

Board meetings are held in rotation in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sunderland and Sedgefield. The Trust is particularly interested in recruiting people from local big businesses and Universities. The Trust aims for its board to be inclusive and representative of its diverse communities and representative of all ages. 


About the trust

Laidlaw Schools Trust is an extraordinary multi-academy trust in the North East, teaching and inspiring children from nursery to sixth form to become active, responsible and successful global citizens. It was founded in 2008 to provide inspirational education to secondary school pupils in Newcastle. Today, it supports children in Newcastle, Sunderland and Sedgefield to aspire and achieve, and is set to grow further.

Laidlaw Schools Trust is committed to giving every child the opportunity and support to shine. It believes it can achieve the extraordinary by nurturing the heads, hearts and hands of its pupils — developing minds and building character, so that students achieve practical and life skills as well as academic success. The Trust's excellent SATs, GCSE and A level results show the effectiveness and focus on qualifications, and the high standards of teaching and learning across all its schools. However, the trust believes that education encompasses so much more than academic excellence. It is essential that its pupils are also physically healthy, mentally robust, ethically resilient, digitally savvy and have the skills and attributes that “future proof” them for a changing world.

Laidlaw Schools Trust is based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and currently has seven schools, serving a very diverse community. It has around 5500 students, 900 staff and over 50 spoken languages. The schools include four schools in Newcastle, two in Sunderland and one in Sedgefield. It is in conversations currently with a number of other schools looking to join the Trust in the next academic year.


Plans for the future

Outline of key challenges for the next 12 months: 

  1. To ensure that the Trust’s All-Through Schools receive the same excellent Ofsted judgements as the primaries.
  2. To grow the number of schools and pupils within the Trust.
  3. To implement a teacher recruitment and retention strategy, centred around the brand new Teaching and Leadership Centre.
  4. To close the learning gap by rolling out a fully funded nursery provision programme.
  5. To ensure that the additional Laidlaw Foundation funding provides a truly differentiated learning experience which helps transform lives.

Trust ethos & values

Read about our vision and values 

Discover our story


Person specification

Trustee (Business Growth & Transformation) and Member of the Audit Committee

The board of trustees manages the business of the Academy Trust and may exercise all the powers of the Trust in compliance with its charitable objects, company and charity law. Trustees scrutinise educational outcomes, financial management and the quality of delivery of the people strategy, providing challenge and advice to fellow Trustees and the executive team as appropriate. 

Whilst the Trust has an excellent financial standing, Trustees will support the Trust's ambitious plans for growth by scrutinising its pace and ensuring that issues of risk and long-term sustainability are considered. These plans include implementing a teacher recruitment and retention strategy, centred around the newly-established Teaching and Leadership Centre as well as closing the learning gap by rolling out a fully-funded nursery provision programme.

In the interests of safeguarding and in accordance with DfE requirements, all trustee appointments will be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.


Terms of appointment

This role is unremunerated but reasonable pre-agreed travel expenses can be reimbursed. Board Members attend four meetings per year and visit their link school once a term. Annual Board meetings are held in rotation in Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland and Sedgefield. It is expected that the successful candidate will join the Estates Committee and attend annual Committees meetings, which take place three to four times per year. The Trust may also require the successful candidate to join another committee of the following: Standards, Operations, Audit, Remuneration and Liaison. The Trust is open to holding virtual meetings but in-person attendance is preferred. 


Location of board meetings, Trust website and Trust Sponsor

Suite 2 Level 3, St Nicholas Building, St Nicholas Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RF.

www.laidlawschoolstrust.co.uk 

The Trust is sponsored by the Laidlaw Foundation.


Governance structure

View our Governance page here


Background on academy trusts

Academy trusts are charitable groups of academy schools, run independent of local authority control.  

There are over 900 academy trusts comprising of three or more schools. Over 50% of children in England now attend an academy. 35% of primary schools are now an academy or a free school, which accounts for 37% of the primary school population. 77% of secondary schools are now an academy or a free school, which accounts for 77% of the secondary school population. For these schools to fulfil their potential, academy trusts need non-executives (known in charity law as trustees) to bring a wide range of skills and experience to help guide strategy, ensure their ambitions can be soundly financed, and keep their schools up to the mark delivering for their pupils.

Trusteeship is a voluntary, unpaid role for people who have the energy and skills to make a real contribution to shaping the future of our schools. You do not need to have any specialist knowledge of education.  


Applications

To apply, please register your interest through Nurole. 

A member of the Nurole team will be in touch ahead of the deadline to let you know whether it would be worth submitting a full application and to discuss the process further.

In the interests of safeguarding and in accordance with DfE requirements, all trustee appointments will be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

Please note: candidates must be willing to travel to the HQ and academies.

We strongly recommend applying as early as you can to have the best possible chance of being considered.

Closing date: 16th of May, 2022

Job Specification

Position
Trustee and Member of the Audit Committee
Subject
Closing Date
May 16th, 2022
Start Date
ASAP
Job Reference
NA
Location
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sunderland, Sedgefield

Any Questions?

For further information about this vacancy please contact us using Ref: NA.

Dina Rabba

Job Specification

Position
Trustee and Member of the Audit Committee
Subject
Closing Date
May 16th, 2022
Start Date
ASAP
Job Reference
NA
Location
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sunderland, Sedgefield

Any Questions?

For further information about this vacancy please contact us using Ref: NA.

Dina Rabba