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

Barton Court Grammar School, Canterbury

  • Ref:KCC886-5444-247S
  • Posted:06/01/2022
  • Pay:N/A
  • Start Date:March 2022
  • App Close Date:28/01/2022 at 09:00
  • Interviews:TBC


The Barton Court Academy Trust seeks to appoint a new non-executive Director to join an established Board of Directors

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.

What does a Director/Trustee do?

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. In addition you will attend various sub-committees such as 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. There will be a number of documents to review prior to the meetings.
  • Undertaking 2-3 monitoring visits per academic year – these take place during the school day and provide 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 – these take place approximately 3 times a year.
  • Participating in Director/Governor professional development events/training which includes, but not exclusive to: an induction programme run by the NGA, 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 various school events across the year.

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

Deadline for applications is Friday 28 January 2022 @ 9am

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 Grammar School is an 11-18 years, selective, co-educational, Grammar school in Canterbury, Kent. The School is highly popular and is oversubscribed.

Mission Statement (Support, Inspire, Achieve)

“At Barton Court Grammar school students are supported, inspired and challenged to achieve their very best in all that they do in order to reach their full potential and academic excellence. Students develop into independent and resilient learners who ae able to succeed in an ever-changing and technological world. When they leave Barton Court, students are articulate, confident and principled young people who have made a positive contribution to their school and the wider community.”

The School has an excellent reputation in the local community and was recognised by Ofsted under the new demanding Ofsted framework, in February 2020, as Good with outstanding features in Leadership & Management, Personal Development and Behaviour & Attitudes. It is an extremely exciting time to be joining the School; the School appointed a new Headteacher in January 2020 to work with the Executive Headteacher on the next phase of the School’s development.

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.

Excellence in teaching and learning is at the heart of our school. In February 2021 the School was re-accredited for the 2nd time as an Advanced Thinking School in recognition of the outstanding work we do in cognitive education. A Thinking School is “A learning community in which all members share a common language; where thinking strategies and tools are used across the curriculum and teachers and students have sound understanding of metacognition; where all students are developing and demonstrating independent and cooperative learning skills; where the school generates high levels of achievement and an excitement and enthusiasm for learning” (Thinking Matters) We are extremely proud to be the only Thinking School in Canterbury and East Kent and one of a few Advanced Thinking Schools in the UK.

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.

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).