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Trustees (Education & HR) Aldridge Education

Join the non-executive board of Aldridge Education and oversee a national portfolio of schools and adult education, contributing to our inclusive strategy and helping us to ensure no one is left behind.

  • Location: Brighton, London, Lancashire and Greater Manchester
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Thursday 29th February

About the role

We are looking to attract talented people with experience and knowledge of education sector leadership and HR leadership to join our Trust Board and become Trustees of Aldridge Education. Trustees exercise strategic leadership, promote educational excellence, and safeguard the interests of the schools within the trust, with the ultimate aim of providing the best possible education for all students.

Trustees of Aldridge Education are, collectively, responsible for setting our organisation’s vision, ethos and strategic direction. Our non-executive Trust Board establishes policies and objectives, monitors performance, and holds the Chief Executive and wider executive leadership accountable for achieving educational and operational goals. Trustees also ensure compliance with legal and financial requirements, as well as uphold high standards of governance and transparency.

Trustees provide support and challenge to the executive leadership, offering guidance and expertise to enhance educational outcomes and ensure the best interests of the students both in and outside of formal meetings.

As a Trustee, it is expected that you join one of the committees of the Trust Board, as shown below:

At certain points throughout your 4-year term of office with us, you may also be asked to join time-limited working groups to address specific issues or areas of improvement. We hope that our Trustees will be advocates and ambassadors for not only Aldridge Education but the wider school system.

We expect the time commitment to be roughly the equivalent of 1 day per month. Trust Board meetings take place in person and rotate around the country – at our schools in the North West, London, and the South East– whereas committee meetings and ad hoc meetings take place online. We very much encourage our Trustees to visit our schools. All reasonable expenses for travel can be claimed back.

Who we are looking for

Following a review of Trust Board skills, knowledge and networks, we have identified two specialist areas which we will strengthen by appointing experts in education leadership or policy, and people or HR strategy. Education and improving outcomes for children and young people are the bedrock of Aldridge Education, and with the Trust being nationally spread with a large staff base, having an effective people-focused NED is key to developing and delivering a robust people strategy.

Trustee (Education Leadership or Policy)

We welcome applications from people with broad, diverse, and successful leadership experience gained from within the education sector. We hope to find Trustees who bring significant knowledge and experience in effective teaching and learning, school improvement, and/or curriculum design and development. It is key that you come with an understanding of the classroom and truly understand the nature of effective teaching and learning frameworks to be able to support and challenge our executive team.

Aldridge Education uses a robust school improvement model based on instructional coaching and is looking for an experienced educationalist who endorses this approach to support us as we seek to grow in stature and size.

Trustee (People and HR Strategy)

We are also seeking a Trustee who can come with demonstrable expertise in an effective public or third sector people function that can support us to develop and deliver our people strategy. At Aldridge, we pride ourselves on providing an excellent working environment for all of our valued staff. As our Trustee with specialist strategic HR knowledge, you will play a crucial role in guiding us to ensure effective HR strategies, policies and practices working closely with the Trust’s People Committee.

Candidates should come with proven leadership in public or third-sector bodies and have experience in advising executive and non-executive leaders on people matters. You should be well placed to offer insight and knowledge in matters relating to employment law, recruitment, grievances, pay and reward, learning and development and performance management.

First time Trustees are welcome to apply provided they understand the governance role and how it differs from executive leadership. We are particularly interested in individuals who may be open to taking on a board leadership role at either the Trust Board or committee level.

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Being a Trustee of Aldridge Education offers you a unique opportunity to contribute to the education sector and make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people across the North West, the South East and London. As a member of our Trust Board, you can help shape the strategic direction of Aldridge Education, ensuring high-quality education, effective governance, and improved outcomes for learners. By sharing your skills, expertise, and passion for education, you can play a crucial role in promoting educational excellence, fostering collaboration among schools, and driving positive change within our organisation. Serving as one of our Trustees allows you to give back to the community and leave a lasting legacy in the field of education.

Peridot Partners and Aldridge Education 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 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 consultants at Peridot Partners:

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

To contact Drew Richardson-Walsh please make an appointment with
Abbie Johnson | abbie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07398 140 818

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Eddie Caviezel Cox

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About Aldridge Education

Aldridge Education is committed to equipping young people with the skills and mindset required for success in the modern world, fostering their entrepreneurial spirit, and empowering them to make positive contributions to society.

We are an enterprising multi-academy trust that operates a network of entrepreneurial schools and adult learning across three English regions – the North West, the South East and London. Our mission is to create a positive and enriching educational environment for young people, with a focus on developing their entrepreneurial skills and preparing them for future success.

We were established by Sir Rod Aldridge, the founder of the global outsourcing company, Capita, in 2006 and currently have nine schools, and more than 700 employees, and educate and support more than 5,000 students in locations across London, Brighton, Greater Manchester and Lancashire. Our strategy revolves around three key principles:

  1. Enterprise and Entrepreneurship: At Aldridge Education, we believe in fostering an entrepreneurial mindset amongst our students. We aim to equip our learners with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world. We encourage creativity, problem-solving, resilience, and a ‘can-do’ attitude.
  2. Employability: We recognise the importance of preparing young people for the world of work and provide them with a broad range of experiences, including work placements, apprenticeships, and interactions with businesses and employers. By connecting education with the world of employment, we enhance students’ employability and ensure they are well-prepared for their future careers.
  3. Community Engagement: We place great emphasis on community engagement and social responsibility, developing strong partnerships with local organisations, businesses, and community groups to create opportunities for our students. We do this because we believe that by working with our different communities, we can provide a holistic and supportive educational experience for young people.

In pursuit of our mission and strategy, Aldridge Education operates a network of state-funded schools, known as the Aldridge Academies. Our academies follow a curriculum that integrates academic excellence, entrepreneurship education, and practical skills development. The organisation also provides additional support and resources to its schools, including access to business mentors, entrepreneurship programs, and career guidance.

The Aldridge Advantage

Our mission is to provide Aldridge Advantage to all, including the hardest to reach, leaving no one behind.

This means that, above and beyond the high-quality education that we provide, we offer Aldridge Advantage through:

Curriculum and culture

Our school leaders set the culture and require 100% engagement with it. Both the content and the structure of our curriculum must support great learning and required outcomes for all students; we focus on ensuring everyone is learning and we check to make sure this is happening.

Levelling the playing field

Every family has dreams for their children; we aim to help where required so that every child is helped to turn dreams into aspirations – both at home and at school, in partnership with parents.

Closing the gap

We have a culture of ‘review and refine’ – from a student error in a classroom task through to Trust-wide gaps in performance; we aim to get better faster so we look for gaps, we name them and then we fix them as fast as we can.

Aldridge Enterprise

For us, enterprise means facilitating opportunities for every learner to make an impact with their knowledge. We have identified a set of skills and exposures which we believe will lead to both the capacity and the aspiration for our learners to thrive; they add up to our ‘enterprise formula’.

Benefitting our communities

As part of our reason for existence, we look for opportunities to bring positive things to the communities around our schools. This could include adult learning opportunities, sports facilities or other comparable projects – offering economic uplift, retraining, leisure and hobby facilities and enhanced buildings for the whole community. In addition, the mutual respect and common manners we expect from our learners and the sense of citizenship they develop will benefit their local communities for many years to come. We exist to serve the needs of all in our communities,  including those who are the most disadvantaged and the hardest to reach.

We believe each young person has skills to be developed and the potential to enjoy life and contribute to their community in a meaningful way.

Accessibility information

Aldridge Education (the Trust) is committed to promoting and achieving equality of opportunity for all employees, workers, students, parents, governors, visitors and job applicants.

We offer the following amenities:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Applicants with a disability 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 role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

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

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

To contact Drew Richardson-Walsh please make an appointment with
Abbie Johnson | abbie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07398 140 818

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    To contact Drew Richardson-Walsh please make an appointment with Abbie Johnson | abbie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07398 140 818

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    Closing date: Thursday 29th February 2024
    Informal virtual meeting with the Chair and CEO: Tuesday 5th March 2024
    Interviews in London: Tuesday 12th March 2024

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