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Trustee/ Non-Executive Director - Part-time

The Canterbury Academy Trust

  • Ref:KCC-F83-94-S
  • Posted:06/03/2024
  • Pay:Voluntary
  • Start Date:ASAP
  • App Close Date:15/05/2024 at 09:00
  • Interviews:TBC

Schools this job is for


What do you need to be a director?

You need a passion for supporting the nurseries to give the children the best possible learning opportunities and where you may have specific formal qualifications or experience this would be a bonus.

The board of directors wishes to recruit suitable candidates to ensure there is a good balance of skills, background, and life experience on the governing body. We aspire for all governing bodies within the Trust to include committed people with diverse ethnicities who represent a range of different ages, sexualities, disabilities, and other protected characteristics. Having a range of lived experiences on governing bodies changes the quality of questioning and challenge making our Trust a better place for our children to learn. They are seeking the following:


  • Experience of the local community
  • Experience of financial planning, budgeting, monitoring, and compliance


  • Experience of marketing, media, and PR
  • Experience of being a governor/trustee of another school or nursery setting or board member in another sector 
  • Experience of nursery or early years education (including practitioner, key worker, or child minder in an early year’s environment)
  • Experience with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)


Time Commitment

Approximately 2 – 4 hours a term, including time for visits and getting to know the nurseries. Non-executive directors will be invited to attend a minimum of three meetings across an academic year, plus visits to both nursery settings, as well as a range of opportunities to attend many events that occur throughout the academic year.

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Governance Structure

The Board of Directors currently consists of four directors, Jon Watson, CEO (Chief Executive Officer) The Canterbury Academy Trust, Bev Farrell, Trust Executive Vice Principal of The Canterbury Academy Trust and Claire Crane, Trust Executive Vice Principal of The Canterbury Academy Trust and Paul Eales, previous owner of City View Pre-School and Nurseries Ltd.

 We are seeking to increase capacity at board level. Focus at meetings include; strategic and operational developments at City View and Wincheap settings, including occupancy, staffing, absences, challenges and successes, next steps; finances; risks and expansion in the future.

Non- Executive Director/Trusteeship is a voluntary, unpaid role for people who have the energy and skills to make a real contribution to shaping the future of our nurseries.  You do not need to have any specialist knowledge of education, although if you have any early years or nursery experience this would be very advantageous. 

All directors will undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check before they start (organised by the Canterbury Academy Trust) and must be over 18 and living in the UK.


Please apply in writing to Debbie Scott, Clerk to the Board of Directors, The Canterbury Academy Trust, Knight Avenue, Canterbury, Kent. CT2 8QA or by email dscott@canterbury.kent.sch.uk.

Please also send a copy of your curriculum vitae.

Please contact Debbie Scott on 01227 463971 or e mail dscott@canterbury.kent.sch.uk for more information.

Information about the federation

Based in the heart of the historic City of Canterbury, The Canterbury Academy Trust came into existence in October 2010 when schools judged by Ofsted to be ‘outstanding’ were allowed to convert to academy status, benefit from greater freedoms and shape their futures.

Since then The Canterbury Academy Trust has grown and it now provides a variety of services ‘to improve the life chances of children and to help in the community’. These include: City View Pre-School and Nurseries Ltd; a newly built and expanded two form of entry The Canterbury Primary School; a Specialist Resourced Based Provision for primary ASD pupils; The Canterbury Academy, which has expanded to take an additional form of entry; a Specialist Resourced Based Provision for secondary Speech and Language students; The Cullum Centre, in partnership with The National Autistic Society; The Sixth Form, Enterprise and Employability Centre, which includes one of the largest Sixth Forms in Kent; The Canterbury Youth Commission, The Ashford Youth Commission, and area wide Inclusion and Engagement Service and Professional Learning and Community Centre with café.

The Canterbury Academy Trust consists of ‘schools for all the talents’. Our beliefs which underpin and drive all we do are simple. We believe that every learner matters and that every child is good at something – that all children walk with genius – and that school should be the place where children discover and build upon their own individual talents.

We believe in the comprehensive ideal. We believe that all students should be valued. We believe that academic excellence is important but that there are also other important things. We believe that art, music, drama, sport, practical skills, being a good person, caring for and working with others are all valuable. We believe in team work and that all of our students should have pride in themselves and their contribution to their school.

Our aim is to provide ‘as much as possible, as often as possible, for as many as possible’. We believe that education and learning can be fun. At the end of their time with us we aim for all students to leave as happy, positive, confident individuals, proud of what they have achieved, prepared to be life-long learners and ready to play an active and constructive part in society.

The Canterbury Academy Trust are committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A disclosure and Barring Service Certificate will be required for all posts. All posts will be subject to enhanced checks as part of our Prevent Duty. A satisfactory DBS disclosure must be presented to the Academy before any employment can commence. In line with KCSIE guidance, as part of the shortlisting process, The Trust reserves the right to conduct an online search on shortlisted candidates as part of our due diligence and any relevant information found, concerning a candidate's suitability to work with children, will be discussed at the interview stage.

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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 Education.