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Head of Governance & Safeguarding – East Midlands Academy Trust

East Midlands Academy Trust

East Midlands Academy Trust is looking to recruit a Head of Governance and Safeguarding. The Head of Governance and Safeguarding is responsible for advising the Board and Local Advisory Boards in accordance with the provisions of the Articles of Association and regulatory requirements.

  • Location: Northampton
  • Salary: £40K - £45K
East Midlands Academy Trust - FE recruitment

About the role

The Head of Governance and Safeguarding will be responsible for advising the Trust Board and Local Advisory Boards (LAB’s) as well as ensuring robust safeguarding policies, operating procedures and risk frameworks are in place.

Who we’re looking for:

We are looking to recruit a Head of Governance and Safeguarding. The Head of Governance and Safeguarding will be responsible for advising the Board and Local Advisory Boards in accordance with the provisions of the Articles of Association and regulatory requirements on the following:

  • Compliance and operations of its powers
  • Procedural matters
  • The effective and efficient conduct of its business
  • Matters of governance and good practice
  • The application and compliance around safeguarding policies and procedures

Providing effective administrative support to the Board and Local Advisory Governing Body and its committees.

The post-holder is accountable to the Board through the CEO. The Head of Governance and Safeguarding will give sound, well-researched advice and guidance to the Board and will support the members in evaluating their effectiveness.

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

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

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

Closing date: 9am, Monday 14th October

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Dear Candidate,

Thank you for taking the time to read the pack and hopefully consider applying to join us at East Midlands Academy Trust. It is an amazing time to join our vibrant and dynamic community of schools.

As you will have already seen, we have a clear strategy for school improvement that has been shown to be credible, inclusive and sustainable.

We are a community based Multi Academy Trust and care about the impact we have in the areas our schools live. The vitality and diversity of the people we encounter within each school means we cannot just drop a template of ‘how to run a successful school’ onto the seven schools in our MAT.

We have to work with the community accessing the school as well as our internal community of staff to understand any barriers or local nuances and then overlay that with the national curriculum and regulatory requirements. We then combine these two, often-conflicting aspects, to inspire our “community” to help children to become confident, independent thinkers.

I welcome any applicant to come and see what we do and I would be happy to talk prior to making a formal application.

We all make thousands of choices every day but few are as important as where you go to share your knowledge, passion, tenacity and integrity. If you believe in and have what it takes to make our vision a reality, “every child deserves to be the best they can be…” I look forward to your application.

Joshua Coleman
Chief Executive
East Midlands Academy Trust

East Midlands Academy Trust was incorporated in September 2012 as a Multi Academy Trust based in the centre of Northampton. Since incorporation, the Multi Academy Trust now includes five primary academies, one secondary academy and one all-through 4-19 Free School.

What makes East Midlands Academy Trust unique is their strong moral purpose, commitment to high expectations and aspirations, and strategic partnership with HR and Legal experts.

East Midlands Academy Trust are driven by a strong moral purpose that every child has the right to outstanding teaching and leadership. It is their mission to work with the children, their parents and carers and our staff to create excellent schools. They set high expectations for their leaders and teachers to support and stretch every child. They ensure that the children make excellent progress and build the skills, knowledge and attributes that will prepare them well for secondary school and beyond.

Their vision is to:

  • rapidly become a world class academy trust with a national and international voice;
  • establish world class academies and schools that are centres of excellence for leadership, teaching and learning and are flagships and centres of learning for other academies and schools;
  • be driven by a moral purpose to transform opportunities and change life chances of children and young people who live in challenging times as well as challenging places; and
  • work in partnership with learners, their families, communities and businesses, to raise aspirations, foster great expectations and achieve ambitious goals.

Key elements of their vision:

  • strong leadership that transforms culture;
  • the pursuit of excellence is demonstrated by an uncompromising and successful drive for the improvement in the leadership and management of teaching, learning and progression;
  • recognising the role of teachers and developing them;
  • excellent governance that challenges, supports and holds to account;
  • outstanding teaching and pedagogical knowledge;
  • confident independent learners; and
  • a broad balanced curriculum that has expert knowledge and individual needs at its core.

The Trust’s ambition is to create excellent academies and sponsor additional academies within their geographical cluster, hopefully developing two further geographical clusters over the next three years.

Read more about East Midlands Academy Trust:
Financial statement 2018
Scheme of delegation and Terms of Reference
Safeguarding Policy 2018/19
Governance structure

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Please download the East Midlands Academy Trust Recruitment Pack for a Role Description and Person Specification and fill out this Equality Monitoring Form

If you would like an informal conversation around the role, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

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

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

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role by addressing the criteria focused on experience within the person specification, giving examples. Please ensure that you also explain your motivation for applying within your supporting statement.

Please use the subject: “Head of Governance & Safeguarding, EMAT” and send your documents to: response@peridotpartners.co.uk.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.

All applications will be considered solely on merit.


Closing date: 9am, Monday 14th October 2019
Candidates informed of outcome: by 5pm, Monday 21st October 2019
Final interviews: w/c Monday 28th October 2019

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

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