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BCAT Non-Executive Member - Casual

Barton Court Academy Trust

  • Ref:KCC-F85-19-S
  • Posted:09/10/2023
  • Pay:Voluntary
  • Start Date:ASAP
  • App Close Date:31/12/2023 at 09:00
  • Interviews:TBC


BCAT Non-Executive Member

The Trust

Barton Court Academy Trust (BCAT) is a multi-academy Trust which was established in 2017. It currently consists of three secondary schools: Barton Court Grammar School, an 11-18yrs, mixed selective school in the heart of Canterbury, rated “Good” with many outstanding features by Ofsted in February 2020; Barton Manor (Free) School, an 11 – 18yrs non-selective mixed school in the heart of Canterbury which opened in September 2022 and now has students in Y7&8 from September 2023 and The Charles Dickens School, an 11-16yrs mixed non-selective school in Broadstairs, rated “Good” by Ofsted in March 2023.

Role Summary

Academy trusts are founded by Members, who may then appoint additional Members to join them. The first Members are the signatories to the memorandum of association which is drawn up when the academy trust is first established. These first Members agree the academy trust’s first articles of association, which include the academy trust’s charitable purpose.

Members have a general duty to exercise their powers, to further the academy trust’s charitable purpose. Members play a limited but crucial role in safeguarding academy trust governance. While they must ensure they do not stray into undertaking the Academy Trustees' role, they should assure themselves that the governance of the trust is effective, that Academy Trustees are acting in accordance with the trust’s charitable object(s) and that they, the Members, use their powers to step in if governance is failing.

Members should not be involved in the day-to-day business of the academy trust and must ensure they do not assume the powers of the Academy Trustees. However, they do have an important role in an academy trust, based on a number of key powers set out in the DfE’s model articles of association and in company law.

Members have a general duty to exercise their powers to further the academy trust’s charitable object, which in the majority of trusts is ‘to advance for the public benefit education in the United Kingdom’. It is essential are aware of the powers available to them and know when and how to use those powers effectively.

Appointment and Term of Office

Members are appointed for a period of 4 years by the BCAT Members. New Members will be required to declare that they meet certain eligibility criteria including restrictions relating to bankruptcy and convictions for an offence.

What to do next...

If you feel that the role of Member is one that you could contribute to, then please provide a CV and brief personal statement about your skills and reasons for applying. This should be emailed to clerk@bartoncourt.org for the attention of the Chair of the Trust.

If you would like to know more about the role or would like to speak to someone who is already serving as a Member, then please contact the Clerk (clerk@bartoncourt.org) who will be pleased to help you

Information about the federation

BCAT Mission Statement

BCAT provides aspirational educational opportunities in all its academies to improve the life chances of its children and young people; delivered through strong partnerships between staff, students and parents that share our core values of excellence and equity.

Barton Court Academy Trust consists of 3 secondary schools • Barton Court Grammar School (The Lead School) • The Charles Dickens School (joined on 1 March 2017) • BCAT Free School, Barton Manor School, opened in September 2022

BCAT VALUES Achievement Challenge High Aspiration Independent thinkers Equality Valued Excellence

We place the child first in all that we do and to all that we aspire. We are uncompromising in our desire to sustain improvement, deliver on standards and provide an outstanding educational experience for all. We are forward looking, equipping our young people with the skills, knowledge and aptitude to succeed but also strive to instil traditional values of hard work, resilience and respect for others. Despite the complexity of MAT organisation we remain in agreement with Professor Hargreaves (Self Improving School Systems, National College for School Leadership) who stated “Great classrooms make Great Schools” and Great schools therefore make a Great Trust. We are a school-based Trust that agree with this simple, yet profound statement.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Roberta Light
  • Address:Longport,
    CT1 1PH
  • Telephone: 01227 464600
  • Email: rlight@bartonmanor.org



Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Legislation.