Chair - Leigh Academy Blackheath

Leigh Academy Blackheath, London, SE3 8SY

62 days remaining to apply

  • Application deadline

    18 July 2022 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    9 May 2022

Job details

Contract type

Fixed term (Flexible - part-time)

Salary

Voluntary basis

Chair - Leigh Academy Blackheath job summary

We are looking for a new Chair for the Leigh Academy Blackheath Board, which is the board responsible for the local governance of this academy.

This non-executive, unpaid position would suit someone with management experience and the ability to build teams. You will need to have a keen interest in the development of young people, education in general and ideally have a connection to the local area.

Leigh Academy Blackheath is part of the very successful Leigh Academies Trust. Plenty of support, induction and training will be offered to enable you to succeed.

The post is offered on a 4-year term initially and is effective from July 2022. Candidates wishing to have an initial discussion can contact our Academies Director, Tracey Trusler via her PA: jo.johnson@latrust.org.uk

To apply, please complete our expression of interest form at the attached link by no later than Monday 4th July 2022. Interviews will take place on Friday 8th July 2022. More information about Leigh Academy Blackheath and Leigh Academies Trust can be found via their websites.

What can we offer?

The opportunity to develop strategic experience as a chairman
The opportunity to work with our team of governors and staff in improving our academy
A sense of achievement in making a difference to our academy
The pleasure of helping students reach their potential
The Governing Body of our academy plays a key role in:

Setting targets for raising standards of educational achievement
Monitoring progress towards meeting these targets
Finding the right balance between supporting and challenging the performance of the principal and therefore the performance of staff and the academy as a whole
Deciding policy and future development plans
Upholding good governance

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About Leigh Academy Blackheath

School type
Free School, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
536 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Working at Leigh Academy Blackheath:​​​​​​​ We are a co-educational 11-18yr comprehensive school and an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. We are driven by the belief that every learner is entitled to an enriching, varied and personalised education; delivered through a broad and balanced curriculum that provides challenge, irrespective of need, starting point or background. Our mission is to ensure all our students develop into powerful citizens of the digital future on both a national and global scale.

Our strong learning community works together and shares the value of collaboration; every member of our academy family collaborates to achieve success, cultivating a strong sense of belonging. Our belief in ‘human-scale’ education, delivered through a schools-within-schools model, ensures every one of our students is known and valued. Strong pastoral care is at the heart of our academy and we place great importance on building strong partnerships with parents and carers.

Since opening in September 2018, Leigh Academy Blackheath (LAB) has established itself as the local community’s preferred choice for their child’s secondary education. We received over 1,000 applications for this September’s 180 Year 7 places, with over 300 first choice preferences. It is an exciting time to be joining our learning community as our

sixth form provision - LABP16, is set to open in September 2023. Building upon our well established IB roots, LABP16 will offer our students the opportunity to study the IB Diploma and IB Career- related programmes.

At LAB, everything we do is built upon our core values of: Respect, Integrity, Ambition, Scholarship and Resilience. We are a strong team and work hard together to ensure every student realises their full potential. Staff have access to a wide range of professional development opportunities both within the academy and across Leigh Academies Trust (LAT).

Our dedicated staff are the most important factor in transforming lives and delivering the best outcomes for every student. Every colleague has access to a wide range of professional development opportunities, tailored to the individual depending on aspirations and key areas of interest.

Our recent Challenge Partners review, in June 2021, found us to be ‘Leading’ in all areas with an area of excellence in Digital Strategy.

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Being part of Leigh Academies Trust: As of 1st September 2021, our Trust comprises 31 geographically organised academies (15 secondaries, 14 primaries and 2 special) educating 20,000 students, and employing over 2,500 talented staff. The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North West Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training organisations, a large teaching school hub and is an accredited apprenticeship provider. Click here to view our future plans in our Vision 2025 document.

As part of Leigh Academies Trust you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust. This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together. You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.

Click here to view the range of benefits available to all LAT staff. ​​​​​​​

Our commitment to safeguarding: Leigh Academies Trust and all of our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We adopt a fair, robust and consistent recruitment process across all academies and business units. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check.

Our commitment to equality and diversity: As a Trust we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals, we all bring something unique to the role regardless of any protected characteristics which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise. We are committed to providing equality and fairness throughout our recruitment and employment practices and not to discriminate on any grounds.

Based on the quality and quantity of applications received, Leigh Academies Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy sooner than the specified closing date. Applicants will be notified of this where possible. Therefore, early applications are encouraged.

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