About The Skylark Partnership
Thank you for your interest in the role of Chief Executive Officer at The Skylark Partnership, a specialist Trust for young people with medical and mental health needs.
As Chair, I am immensely proud of the Trust and of the service we provide to our young people and the wider community at our two academies, Hospital and Outreach AP Academy in Northamptonshire and The Cherry Tree Learning Centre in Dudley. Our work is underpinned by the core values that we hold: honesty, hope, trust, compassion, co-operation, respect and resilience. We use the Ethical Leadership Framework in all that we do, having been one of the pathfinder projects.
Our vision is simply that ‘Together we Can’. This vision is what we aspire for and is as relatable to every employee and partner of our Trust, as it is to our young people and their families. We hope the information in this pack will be helpful to you in conveying exactly what we are looking for in a CEO, and inspires you to apply. In short: An exceptional Chief Executive Officer who is passionate about making a difference to young people with medical needs, and who shares our vision and values.
As a Trust, our priority is to support every young person and their families who are either in the general hospital, the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Units or in the community, by providing an excellent, personalised education during their time with us, and subsequently helping to ensure their successful return to their home school/college or post 16 provision when they are well enough. Our academies are commissioned by the local authorities in which they reside, to meet their duties as set out in Section 19 of the Education Act 1996.
The Trust is renowned nationally for it’s best practice in the education of young people with medical needs. Our leaders, teachers and support staff aspire for excellence in everything they do and are open and committed to exploring new and innovative ways of delivering our outstanding provision across all of the settings.
The Trust is a progressive organisation, with a growing culture of research and development designed to promote understanding of the education of young people with medical and mental health difficulties, and seek out new models and methods of working. We place great emphasis on the importance of engaging and collaborating with our partners, particularly professionals in the NHS, in other medical needs settings and in our young people’s home schools. This approach enables us to share our specialist knowledge and collaborate on new initiatives that support the wider education system and enrich our young people’s learning experiences. For example, as a Trust we are continuing a DfE research project looking at the efficacy of the AV1 telepresence robot in supporting young people with medical needs to remain connected to their home schools.
As Chief Executive Officer, we expect you to have the confidence and capacity to lead the Trust into the next phase of its journey, keeping the values at the core of all you do. You will be supported in these efforts by myself, the Trust Board, the Academies dedicated staff and the local communities. In moving the Trust forward, we expect you will be happy to innovate and be comfortable taking well considered risks, but always basing decisions on evidence, thought and the contributions of others, operating within the Ethical Leadership Framework.
While you are comfortable taking ultimate responsibility for the decisions under your control, and can act with the minimum of direction, you have a clear political awareness and an understanding of when to involve others.
The successful candidate will have proven leadership skills in several roles involving either education of young people with SEND / medical and mental health needs and your colleagues will value your strong sense of duty, your empathy and your ability to build relationships at all levels. You will have worked hard to build a climate of openness, respect and trust in your present role so that staff at all levels feel comfortable raising issues knowing they will be heard and valued. Equality and diversity are part of your core values based on your respect for people.
You will be able to demonstrate that you care fundamentally about young people with medical and mental health needs, about staff and about the right of all young people to an education, and because you understand the vital importance that education has in their lives. You will always drive for high standards in all areas, with no ceiling on the aspirations for our young people, and have the experience, skills, drive and energy to enable others to have the same ambition.
You will be leading a Trust which is financially very strong. You will be a great ambassador for the Trust, with the capacity to be seen as an expert by the leaders in the Trust, modelling ethical leadership, being at ease in promoting the Trust in the local communities, and nationally. This is an ambitious role with high expectations, but it will be an exciting and immensely rewarding role, in which you will build on the current good practices in the Academies to meet the challenges for the Trust ahead. We are keen to grow the Trust, so you will be supported by the Trust Board in your efforts to ‘scan the horizon’, see potential as it emerges and begin to plan and build capacity in advance of an opportunity to attract additional alternative provisions into the Trust.
Our ideal candidate will be energetic, ambitious, forward-thinking, with highly developed interpersonal skills able to embrace the ethos of our schools and develop and enhance our Trust for the 21st century.
This appointment is being supported by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). If you feel this opportunity is for you, please contact Bal at ASCL Leadership Appointment Service on
07492 353368 or email Bal.Kaur-Pierpoint@ascl.org.uk for further information.
I hope you will be inspired by the information in this pack and feel passionate, as we do, to take on this exceptionally rewarding challenge. I look forward to hearing from you and receiving your application.
Chair of The Skylark Partnership Trust
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Head office location
Off Main Road, Far Cotton, Northampton, NN4 8EN