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Member and Trustees Woodside Primary School

We are looking to appoint new Trustees and a new Member to join our board and support us on our journey to ‘Outstanding’ and add value to our strategic decision-making and contribute to our organisational success.

  • Location: Oswestry, Shropshire
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: Rolling applications

Who we are

With over 650 children, Woodside Primary School is Shropshire’s largest provider of primary education. At Woodside, we transcend traditional educational boundaries. We firmly believe that a school should not only impart knowledge but also foster, support, and safeguard its community. In pursuit of this philosophy, we are actively seeking accomplished individuals with a strategic vision to propel us into the next phase of our journey. We are looking for four individuals, ideally with career expertise in finance, risk and audit, or education leadership, who can enhance our existing board structure and bring fresh perspectives to achieving our objectives and addressing challenges.

Our board plays a pivotal role in ensuring the delivery of the highest quality education and value for money. They hold the executive leadership team accountable for realising our strategic intent.

About the roles

Trustee

As a Trustee, you will contribute substantively to our forward momentum. Your responsibilities will include overseeing our formal processes and procedures and ratifying decisions. Prospective Trustees should be prepared to commit to 6-8 meetings per academic year. Additionally, you will be invited to participate in key events such as recruitment days, fairs, and school visits. Understanding and contributing to our strategic proposals, goals, and problem-solving efforts is integral. A comprehensive grasp of the operational landscape is required to guide our progress.

 

Member

In the role of a Board Member, your purpose is to act as a ‘critical friend.’ Candidates for this position should be ready to commit to attending 1 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and 1 Members Committee, along with other occasions deemed necessary for your attendance. Similar to trustees, members will engage with our strategic proposals, goals and challenges. A deep understanding of the operational landscape is crucial for guiding our trajectory.

Finance

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds and are particularly interested in individuals who possess:

  • A proven track record as a finance leader.
  • A history of significant impact within their current or former organisation.
  • An understanding of the public sector.

Risk and Compliance

We are in search of an individual with a solid grasp of risk management. As our board diversifies, it is imperative to have a Trustee who can guide us in effectively managing risks and maintaining compliance.

In light of the recent government whitepaper, being an empty multi-academy trust (MAT) opens up a realm of possibilities for our future. Given our commitment to providing the highest quality education, care, and opportunities in Shropshire, we are evaluating our strategic direction of growth, and with this, we need to ensure that we remain diligent and holistic in our approach to risk management from a people, systems, finance, and compliance perspective. You will offer positive challenges and new perspectives to our executives.

Direct education experience is not mandatory, the essential requirement is the ability to quickly grasp and adhere to intricate regulations. This ensures our continued financial health, educational excellence, and alignment with government requirements

While our commitment to the well-being of children remains central, it is imperative that our Trust Board acknowledges the necessity for Woodside Primary School to sustain financial health and identify areas requiring investment. The new appointee must actively contribute to strategy development, propose changes, and ratify key decisions to ensure the financial well-being of the school.

Peridot Partners and Woodside Primary School are, together, committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and our client expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate(s) will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references before any final offer can be made.


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

Chloe Cox | chloe@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07539 386980

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About Woodside Primary School

At Woodside our mission is to ensure that our children are happy, confident and aspirational, always trying their best. Woodside children are encouraged to be respectful, resilient and to take responsibility for their own actions, making positive contributions that are recognised and celebrated by the wider community.

Our school values of creativity, aspiration, respect, and empathy are woven into all aspects of life at Woodside. Children are given guidance and responsibilities and have opportunities to contribute to the wider life of the school and beyond. We actively promote the well-being of our children to ensure barriers to learning and thriving are overcome.

To achieve our mission, we provide our children with a safe and nurturing space to discover and grow. Our children have access to high-quality resources, including experienced, caring and dedicated staff who respond to each child as an individual, as well as ensuring all members of our school community feel part of the Woodside family.

Our curriculum is carefully sequenced, and tailored to our children, reflecting our unique Woodside context. From the moment children start at Woodside, we ensure each child’s foundations for learning are strong, enabling them to become lifelong learners. We understand that language and communication is the glue holding together all other learning. Reading, writing and mathematics lay the foundations for enriching, engaging and connected teaching and learning opportunities providing our children with experiences and knowledge that light the spark of aspiration, a love for learning, and support them to navigate their way through the challenges they may face in the future.

We aim to equip every Woodside child with the tools to enable them to live happy, fulfilled lives and contribute positively to society.

Woodside Primary School is a large and very popular primary school serving the town of Oswestry whilst also attracting pupils from local villages; many of the children’s parents and grandparents also attended this school. We converted to an academy on 1st May 2013. In May 2022 there were 661 pupils on roll from Nursery to Year 6, organised into 23 single-age classes. A Sure Start Delivery Centre on site closed in Dec 2018 and the building transferred to us. We are currently developing our vision of it becoming a Wellbeing Centre to support children with social, emotional and mental health needs, together with their families.

There are relatively high levels of deprivation locally; our school is situated in the Gatacre Ward of Oswestry, the thirteenth most deprived ward in Shropshire and 9812/32482 nationally. Castle Ward, in which 10% of our children live, is the fourth most deprived ward and 6833/32482 nationally.

Areas of improvement the Trust is looking to address include future direction of the Trust (SAT or MAT), anticipated Ofsted inspection from Spring 2023, better indoor sports facilities and closing the gaps in learning as part of the Covid recovery process.

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    This is a rolling application recruitment process. We are moving to interview as soon as we receive enough suitable interest, and we will be in touch as soon as possible regarding the next steps. We want to provide everyone with the opportunity to apply. If you are concerned that this role may close before you are able to apply, please get in touch with our advising consultant to discuss your options. 


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