Vacancy for Teaching Assistants at Trumpington Park Primary School (closing date midday 13th August 2021)
Vacancy for Chair of the Board of Trustees (Voluntary Role)
Cambridge Primary Education Trust (CPET) is currently seeking to appoint a new Chair of the Board of Trustees. This voluntary role is an opportunity for the right person to contribute expertise and experience to a multi-academy trust focused on developing life-long learning from the early years of education.
CPET is a Multi Academy Trust comprising Histon & Impington Infant School, Histon & Impington Junior School, Hatton Park Primary School in Longstanton, Trumpington Park Primary School and Somersham Primary School. The Trust was formed on 1st December 2012 and is a unique partnership of like-minded schools that is both growing and leading the way in developing new leadership models for primary education.
Our vision is to develop a self-sustaining partnership of schools that provides an outstanding education for all their pupils by offering a broad and balanced curriculum whilst remaining embedded in the local community.
Why is CPET appointing a new Chair?
The current Chair is standing down at the end of their term of office in December 2021,and the Trust is seeking to ideally appoint a new Chair from the new school year commencing September 2021, to coincide with the start of the school year and ensure a handover is in place.
This is an unique opportunity for the right candidate to participate in an exciting development in primary education, both in relation to the development and execution of CPET’s strategic direction and in day-to-day responses to the overall evolving context of education and community. This includes supporting a balanced growth agenda and adjusting to the operational impact and lessons learnt from Covid-19.
What does the CPET Chair do?
The Chair of the Board of Trustees acts as a close partner, mentor and sounding board for the CEO and Trustees. A key component of the role is the ability to constructively challenge and support the school.
The main responsibilities of the Chair of CPET include:
- Chairing quarterly meetings of Trustees, Members, and the Leadership of each school, shaping the agenda and creating an environment of support and accountability
- Overseeing the governance of the Trust, including evolving key policies, overseeing appointments into key roles, and ensuring regulatory and legal compliance
- Developing the Trustees and members of CPET’s leadership, ensuring this group of diverse individuals functions effectively, makes the best possible decisions together and operates inclusively
- Acting as a spokesperson for CPET as required, supporting the CEO and Heads of schools in this role
- Managing conflicts of interest and setting high standards of behaviour, leading by example
- Ensuring operational decisions contribute to strategic priorities
- Formal appraisal of CEO
What skills and background are required?
This role requires an experienced professional with a commitment and passion to shaping future generations through education. In practice, approximately one to two days a week of time are required, on a flexible basis. The successful candidate will demonstrate a clear understanding of the service aspect of this role. They will be willing to give of their time and experience and act as a mentor in a public sector (educational) environment.
The ideal candidates will bring the following experience to the Trust:
- Leadership role in the business, public sector, education, or charity sectors
- Chairing boards or committees in the private or public sector
- Developing and implementing strategy, policy and plans for public or private sector organisations
- Strong integrity, gravitas and communication skills
- Clear and insightful thinker with good interpersonal relations skills
- Good listener who is able to uphold the broader strategic agenda versus operational matters
- Ability to develop a consensus from a wide range of differing views
- Ability to work with a diverse group of individuals to share and act on a common vision that is beneficial to the educational wellbeing of all children within its schools
- Experience of personnel and financial management desirable
- An understanding of the educational landscape in the UK, and locally would be beneficial
How do I apply?
Please send your expression of interest via email to John Frost (Chair of CPET) firstname.lastname@example.org by midday on 1st September 2021.