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Chair Designate & Trustees | Altus Education Partnership

With foundations rooted in Rochdale and the delivery of outstanding post-16 education, the Altus Education Partnership is developing as a multi-academy trust and now looks to appoint a Chair Designate and four Trustees with experience of: multi-academy trust leadership and governance; senior educational leadership and management; financial leadership and planning; and institutional audit.

  • Location: Rochdale, Greater Manchester
  • Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses paid

About the role

Altus Education Partnership’s Vision and Mission is: To create and successfully run a family of inclusive academies from early years to 18 that enables all students, regardless of background to progress to an aspirational career, a fulfilling life and make a positive contribution to their local community.

Having converted to a multi-academy trust and formed the Altus Education Partnership, the Board of Trustees is now looking to recruit experts with complementary skills at an incredibly exciting time for the Trust. They have an ambition to expand within the local area and have recently undertaken a review of skills and experiences across their non-executive board.

The Chair Designate will lead a committed and experienced Board of Trustees, overseeing the delivery of the Trust’s strategic plan and providing support and challenge to the CEO, Richard Ronksley, and his senior team. The incumbent Chair, Dame Pamela Coward DBE, plans to step down from the Board and her role at the end of the next academic year (2020-21), having served since the creation of Rochdale Sixth Form College, now Altus Education Partnership.

Joining a highly experienced Board of Trustees, who are deeply committed to ensuring the Trust continues to lead improvements in educational standards and develop life-chances for children of Rochdale, four new Trustees are sought. The Altus Education Partnership Board provides strategic oversight as the organisation’s non-executive, governing body. Trustees are the Company Directors and hold the senior leadership team to account for the successful delivery of the approved strategy – ensuring the Trust continues to flourish as it expands, remains financially strong and has the future capacity to improve the educational attainment of children and young people across Rochdale and the local area.

As the Trust increases its capacity, first through the successful opening of a Free School – Edgar Wood Academy in Middleton – the governance structure is planned to expand with the establishment of Local Academy Councils responsible for curriculum and school-specific oversight at each new academy.

The time commitment expected of the Chair Designate – once appointed to the substantive role and after a handover – is around three to four days per month.

For the Trustee role, candidates should expect to spend up to 10 hours per month when considering the need to prepare for meetings and read reports, occasional discussions with the Trust’s leadership team and other Trustees, and attendance at meetings of the Board and its Committees. Committee meetings generally take place during term time.

As expected of all those holding public office, all Trustees of the Board are required to demonstrate their commitment to the Nolan Principles:

  • Selflessness
  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Accountability
  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Leadership

What we are looking for in our Chair Designate

Altus Education Partnership is carefully considering its evolutionary growth through the development and delivery of a sustainable partnership model. The Trust benefits from employing the talent of an exceptional leadership team who, together, ensure an outstanding educational offer for children and young people of Rochdale and the surrounding areas.

In a new Chair Designate, the Board aim to appoint a highly experienced non-executive director or trustee, ideally with substantial experience of leading a board or committee. The Chair Designate will know the difference between executive and strategic leadership and be experienced in fostering positive and productive relationships between the board and the CEO. It is important that the person appointed understands the community of Rochdale, or diverse industrial heritage areas similar to it.

What we are looking for in our Trustees

As a Trustee, you will bring a wealth of specialist knowledge and experience to the Trust’s Board from a successful career in one of the following areas:

  • Multi-academy trust leadership and governance
  • Financial leadership and planning
  • Audit practice

It is important you have both the experience the Board are looking for, and where relevant professional qualifications. In addition to qualifications and lived experience, you will bring an independent mind-set approach to the governing of an ambitious and successful multi-academy trust, and an unwavering commitment to realising the Trust’s Vision and Mission through the successful achievement of the strategic plan, and the capacity to take on the duties required of you.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat, please contact our lead consultants at Peridot Partners:

Sarah Szulczewski | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043

Dr Sophie Carney | sophie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 528307

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033

Closing dates:

  • Chair – 12 noon, Monday 5th October 2020.
  • Trustees – 12 noon, Monday 2nd November 2020.
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Welcome statement from the Chair

Thank you for your interest in joining our Altus Trust Board.

We are not a longstanding trust as we evolved from the independent corporate board which governed Rochdale Sixth Form College. This College was established as an entity in 2008, opening its doors to 450 local students in 2010. It is now an academy with more than 1,600 students from our local area and it is both oversubscribed and outstanding. Our trustees, staff and students and the local community are very proud of it.

Our Trust is now evolving to admit new institutions. We have recruited a new CEO who also acts as the Principal of the College; we have a new professional clerk, a free school to be opened and additionally, a large local secondary school is in negotiation to join us. In addition, some of our trustees are due to retire very soon. We need to recruit new trustees.

If becoming a trustee appeals to you and you would like to discuss what the role entails, any of our current trustees will be happy to meet with you to share their experiences.

Pam Coward DBE

Welcome statement from the CEO

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Trustee with the Altus Education Partnership.

The Trust was formed in April 2017. It is a relatively new multi-academy trust formed from Rochdale Sixth Form College and dedicated to the improvement of education in the borough of Rochdale.

The sixth form college opened in 2010 to address the significant underachievement in A Level performance in the borough. Since then, it has raised achievement in the area dramatically and become nationally recognised: the College is Ofsted outstanding, and regularly one of the highest performing colleges in the country according to the DfE’s performance tables and national achievement rate tables.

The Trust’s mission arose from and builds upon the successes and values of the sixth form college. In short, our mission is to create a family of academies from early years to 18 that enables students in the borough to progress to an aspirational career, a fulfilling life and to make a positive contribution to society.

Richard Ronksley

About Altus Education Partnership

Born out of the truly outstanding Rochdale Sixth-Form College, Altus Education Partnership was created in April 2017 once the College converted and adopted academy status. The College has enjoyed remarkable success since opening in 2010 when previously, and prior to opening, the provision for A-Level students in Rochdale was very poor.

The College achieved an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating in 2013 and regularly tops the Department for Education’s Performance Tables for A-Level progress. As such, the College is extremely popular with young people and their parents, providing the strategic issue of requiring greater space and capacity.

At the College, the student population has grown to its maximum capacity of 1,500 students and throughout this period of growth, standards have remained exceptionally strong and the financial position very well consolidated.

The values of the Trust are:

  • An unrelenting commitment to improve the quality of our provision and enhance the lives of our students.
  • Openness in the way we build trust and bring purpose to our work as a Multi Academy Trust.
  • Accountability through the rigorous, transparent and forensic analysis of all aspects of our performance.
  • Commitment to the principles of inclusion and equality.
  • Dedication to the borough of Rochdale and its surrounds.
  • Collective responsibility for one another and the results of all of our students – “if one fails we all fail”.

Altus Education Partnership has always been, and very much remains, proud of its inclusive approach. The College – being the only live education provider in the Trust at present, and before the opening of the much needed Edgar Wood Academy in Middleton –  is multicultural and whilst as a rule the students attracted to the College are from Rochdale, there has been a growing number joining from surrounding authorities.

Altus Education Partnership is known as a key player on the Rochdale educational scene, as a major contributor to HE progression and one of a few institutions with an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating. With experience of forming and leading education trusts across the Borough, and with a pedagogic approach to development of high-quality curriculum which will be translated to other levels of education across the organisation, the Trust will continue to lead meaningful collaboration across Rochdale.

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    Timetable (Chair Designate):

    Closing date for applications: CLOSED
    Candidates advised of outcome by: 5pm, Friday 9th October
    Interviews: Thursday 15th October

    Timetable (Trustees):

    Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Monday 2nd November 2020
    Candidates advised of outcome by: 5pm, Friday 6th November
    Interviews: Thursday 26th November

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