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Board Members (Trustees) Valley Invicta Academies Trust

Valley Invicta Academies Trust (VIAT) provides world-class education to more than 6,000 children across Kent. With primary and secondary schools, and a successful teacher training and professional development arm, we are quickly becoming Kent’s most prominent multi-academy trust. We are looking for Trust Board members from both finance and education backgrounds who can add value to our strategic decision-making and organisational success.

  • Location: Maidstone, Kent
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 25th July 2022

About the role of Board Members

We know that children get one chance with their education, and we strive to provide the strongest provision of education for anyone learning through our schools. We deliver a range of provision for children across Kent, and it is of paramount importance to us that our Trust Board (the non-executive board of directors) understands and embodies our passion for excellence.

At Valley Invicta Academies Trust (VIAT), we nurture brilliance across our ten settings. To help us on the next stage of our journey, we are looking for skilled and experienced people who bring career experience gained in financial and educational leadership roles; the latter, ideally gained within a secondary education environment.

Our Trust Board ensures our schools are delivering high-quality education and value for money, whilst we deliver our mission, and the Executive Leadership Team are achieving our strategic intent.

Being a Trust Board member, you will contribute not only to the strategic development of the Trust, but also to the growth of VIAT schools. As such, it is important that you are passionate about providing the best opportunities for our children and staff. This requires the necessary strategic leadership experience to support and challenge our leaders. VIAT is proud to have a culture that puts the learners at the heart of everything that we do, and we need our Trust Board to reflect this.

Candidates will need to be prepared to commit to six Trust Board meetings per academic year. In addition to these, you will be invited to join at least one sub-committee per academic year and will have the opportunity to be involved in various other key events.

Financial leadership

We are open to the backgrounds of individuals, and we would welcome someone with the following:

  • a positive track record as a finance leader
  • an executive-level background
  • someone who has made a significant impact within their current or former organisation
  • an understanding of the public sector

Whilst the children are at the centre of everything that we do, it is fundamental that our Trust Board recognises the need for VIAT to continue to remain financially healthy and able to identify the areas that require investment. Our new post holder must be able to contribute to the development of strategy, propose change and ratify key decisions to ensure that this happens.

Educational leadership and quality improvement

We are seeking someone with educational leadership experience. As our Trust Board is comprised of ten expert individuals from a variety of sectors, we are keen to welcome a Trustee who has a background rooted in education leadership and school improvement.

We are incredibly proud that our schools are all rated either good or outstanding by Ofsted, and the person appointed should be well versed in what ‘outstanding’ looks like, and support to us achieve this across our Trust.

We are specifically looking for people with a background in school or academy trust leadership, with local authority or educational charity leadership experience, or experience of being an Ofsted inspector. These skills would greatly complement our existing membership.

VIAT is actively encouraging applications from under-represented groups and from candidates based outside of Kent. As we build our organisation, we understand the value of drawing on expertise from outside our locality to help us continue delivering the best quality for all the children in VIAT schools.

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

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

Eddie Caviezel Cox | eddiec@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07951 920768



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Welcome from Julie Derrick - CEO

Dear candidate,

I take immense pride in being part of Valley Invicta Academies Trust (VIAT) and its exceptional cluster of primary and secondary schools at the heart of our local community.

All of our schools have a strong and cohesive outlook, reflecting our inclusive vision. Staff and pupils are inspired to embed the values of respect and resilience, while developing personal character through additional, wider curriculum activities and opportunities. We believe this motivates and enables them to grow in confidence, while cultivating thinking skills, and creative potential beyond typical expectations.

Our facilities are second-to-none, and we have the unique advantage of four of our schools (three secondary and one primary) all being located within one, large Maidstone-based campus.

This is particularly helpful in light of one of our values – Collaboration. We seek to collaborate within VIAT across schools, and externally, wherever possible. We truly believe this broadens the outlook for both students and staff and provides invaluable opportunities to gain experience and understanding of the wider world.

VIAT always strives to put its students first and aims to ensure all its schools work cohesively to enable every child, and member of the team, to be the very best they can be.

Yours sincerely,

Julie Derrick

Chief Executive Officer
Valley Invicta Academies Trust

About Valley Invicta Academies Trust

Our multi-academy trust consists of an exceptional cluster of primary and secondary schools at the heart of our local community, based in the Maidstone and Malling area of Kent. VIAT was legally established as a Multi-Academy Trust on 10 March 2011.

We believe in the benefits of cross-phase education whereby all pupils, regardless of background, are taught a broad curriculum by specialist teachers across all ages; thereby enabling them to master the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their full educational and personal potential.

Our team works tirelessly to ensure that every child can be the best they can be, along with providing an innovative and interactive curriculum based on the arts and academia. We aim to be at the forefront of developing new approaches to learning, embedding the ‘mastery’ approach to teaching and learning, securing the very best outcomes for pupils. Our children only get one chance in their education, and it is our responsibility to provide the very best for them.

All of our schools have a strong and cohesive outlook, reflecting our inclusive vision. Both staff and pupils are inspired to embed the values of respect and resilience, whilst developing personal character through additional, wider curriculum activities. There are also opportunities to motivate and enable them to grow in confidence, cultivating thinking skills, and creative potential beyond typical expectations.

Our Vision

An exceptional cluster of primary and secondary schools at the heart of our local community.

Our Mission

We aim to achieve our vision by bringing together a family of local schools – each with its own context, ethos, strengths and areas for development – to work together to enable every single child, and every member of our team, to be the very best they can be.

Our goal is to have individuals who:

  1. Are lifelong learners of character.
  2. Are creative thinkers and innovators.
  3. Are collaborative and independent problem solvers.
  4. Are responsible and active role models/citizens.
  5. Have a global outlook.

Our Ethos

At Valley Invicta Academies Trust, we put the children we teach at the very centre of all we do. We are deeply aware that children only get one chance at their education. Our staff, equally, are at the heart of our schools. Parents/carers and governors are proactively involved in school life and the local, national and international community are an integral aspect of pupil/student and staff engagement.

Teamwork lies at our core: our entire community – pupils/students, staff, and parents work together and recognise the roles they play and the strengths they bring. Everyone has their voice heard; everyone is nurtured and cared for, and everyone is part of our inclusive family.

We are ambitious and work hard to help enable excellence for all.

Our Values

  • Integrity
  • Collaboration

This secure foundation ensures an ambitious and aspirational approach, as well as a broader commitment to, and proactive engagement in, wider society, enabling our pupils to be fully ready – academically and personally – for their transition from primary into secondary school and a lifetime of influence beyond.

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Valley Invicta Academies Trust schools aim to treat all of their pupils with respect and without discrimination of any kind. The Trust recognises that many of its students, visitors, staff, parents, and governors, whether disabled or otherwise, have individual needs when seeking to make use of the Trust schools and their facilities.

However, the Trust recognises the fact that for some users, the nature of their disabilities may mean that they experience specific difficulties relating to accessing education at the schools and their physical environments. As part of its ongoing commitment to Equal Opportunities and the delivery of an inclusive educational service, the Trust will endeavour to ensure that disabled people receive the same standards of service as everyone else.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, accessible workstations (e.g. desk, office), and step-free access to all key meeting rooms and toilets.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcomed.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for an interview.
  • Working patterns / working locations can be adjusted.
  • Examples of reasonable adjustments and EDI statistics regarding the diversity of our workforce are available to share.

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultants for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs.

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 25th July 2022

    Candidates informed of outcome: Wednesday 27th July 2022

    Interviews: w/c Monday 8th August 2022


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