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Non-Executive Director/Trustee for Barton Court Academy Trust - Casual

Barton Court Grammar School, Canterbury

  • Ref:KCC886-5444-223S
  • Posted:10/03/2021
  • Pay:N/A
  • Start Date:September 2021 or Sooner
  • App Close Date:19/04/2021 at 09:00
  • Interviews:TBC


The role of Director/Trustee

The role of Director/Trustee is a voluntary one, requiring a high degree of commitment and confidentiality.

It is expected that Trustees will be able to participate fully in the work of the Trust Board and where possible in the life of each school in the Trust. It is envisaged that a Trustee would need to set aside an average of 8 -10 hours a month in order to fulfil the following expectations:

Attending 3 Director meetings and 1 AGM per year, plus various sub-committees, ie 4 Finance Meetings, 3 Quality Assurance Meetings, 3 Audit and Risk Meetings and 3 Personnel Meetings. Each meeting lasts for about 1.5 - 2 hours and takes place on a weekday evening, usually 2 meetings are held consecutively in the evening, typically from 5pm - 8pm. Documents are available to review prior to the meetings.

  • Undertaking 2-3 monitoring visits per academic year – these take place during the school day providing an opportunity to develop the Link Director role: this involves building a relationship with the lead member of staff for the area you are linked with and monitoring procedures and performance relating to it.  A written report is required following each visit and help is available for new governors so that the level of information recorded is clear.
  • Attending some of the Local Governing Body Meetings on a rota with other Directors.
  • Attend briefings/training events run by KCC – approximately 3 times a year.
  • Participating in Director/Governor professional development events/training which includes, but not exclusive to, annual online training in Safeguarding, Prevent and GDPR in addition to other training events as required to fulfill the role and skill set requirements of the Board.
  • Attending school events across the year.

What skills are we looking for?

  • Someone with experience and expertise from outside the educational setting or an experienced educationalist at secondary Headship level or higher.
  • Dealing with colleagues at all levels;
  • Ability to challenge constructively and help find solutions;
  • An appreciation of the value of education.

Appointment/Term of Office

Directors/Trustees are appointed for a 4 year term. The ideal person would join us for September 2021 or sooner if available for induction/training.

If you feel the role of Director/Trustee is one that you could contribute to, then please send your CV and a brief personal statement giving information about your skills to clerk@bartoncourt.org Do not use the application form.

Deadline for applications is Monday 19 April 2021

The Barton Court Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure application via the Disclosure & Barring Service and check against the ISA Barred List for Children.

Information about the school

Barton Court Academy Trust (BCAT) is a multi-academy Trust which was established in 2017.

It currently consists of two secondary schools: Barton Court Grammar School, an 11-18 years, mixed selective school in the heart of Canterbury, rated “Good” with many outstanding features by Ofsted in February 2020, and The Charles Dickens School, an 11-16 years mixed non-selective school in Broadstairs, which came out of special measures and is rated “Requires Improvement” by Ofsted in June 2019 and is a rapidly improving school. The Trust is also opening Barton Manor Free School, an 11 – 18 years non-selective mixed school in the heart of Canterbury on the former Chaucer School site in September 2022 to Year 7.

At BCGS, we promote the values of serving others, humility, achievement, respect and equality. We are a school which embraces our British heritage and British values. As a result, we welcome staff from a range of backgrounds and faiths to join our vibrant and inclusive environment.

Our focus is on achieving excellence in all that we do to support outstanding outcomes for all our students. This is evident in the way our community of students, parents, staff and governors all work together to provide an engaging learning environment so that each student thrives and achieves their full potential.

Subjects across the School benefit from having a team of highly competent and charismatic middle leaders. Exciting and innovative teaching is enabled by the scaffolding of colleagues’ skills through comprehensive continuous professional development which encompasses everything from bespoke workshops to the opportunity to observe colleagues, including our Leadership Team. Entirely committed to education, our facilities are second to none and include a shared Sports Hall and gym with Canterbury Christ Church University, a new block built in January 2018 which consists of 7 new Mathematics classrooms, 3 state-of-the-art Science Laboratories, new Kitchen/Servery and Canteen.

Job Contact Information

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

Fax: 01227 781399


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

Our School and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.