Head of Governance

Pontefract Academies Trust, Pontefract, WF8 4HH

16 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    As soon as possible

  • Application deadline

    11 July 2022 at 8:00am

  • Date listed

    13 June 2022

Job details

Working pattern

Contract type



Circa £45,000 per annum dependant on experience

Head of Governance job summary

Pontefract Academies Trust - Head of Governance
The Barracks Business Centre, Wakefield Road, Pontefract, WF8 4HH

Ref: SCH-PAT-0160

Salary: Circa £45,000 per annum dependent on experience
Working pattern: 37 hours per week, all year round
Reporting to: Trust Board (through the Chair of the Board)

Pontefract Academies Trust is a cross-phase Multi Academy Trust compromising of eight schools, six primary schools and two 11-16 secondary schools, all located within a tight geographic hub within Pontefract. It is a thriving trust that has been on a sustained journey of improvement in recent years and is ambitious to improve further, positively impacting more lives.

The Trust recognises the importance of outstanding governance at all levels and is now seeking to appoint its first Head of Governance. This is a key strategic role for the Trust, and you will be the lead governance professional responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring governance arrangements throughout the organisation ensuring all statutory and regulatory compliance requirements are met.

You will be part of the Trust central team and also work closely with individual schools to ensure their governance is fully compliant, whilst at the same time working effectively and dynamically supporting improvements where required. A further key dimension will be ensuring effective procedures and systems link the various layers of governance – School Performance Review Boards, the board of trustees and the members of the trust – so that information flows efficiently.

As this is a newly created role it provides an exciting opportunity to shape day-to-day practice. You will have experience of governance and a sound knowledge of educational legislation, guidance and legal requirements. You must have highly effective influencing and enabling skills, the ability to problem-solve and the confidence to advise the Chair, Trust Board and CEO. You will have excellent communication and organisational skills and a proven track record of strategic planning and people management. The desire to help successfully deliver a long-term vision, and a commitment to doing the right thing are essential.

Joining Pontefract Academies Trust at this point in time is an exciting opportunity. The Trust is proud of the improvements in performance of its eight schools and is well positioned to grow its family of schools with an exciting strategic plan that sets out its priorities for the next three years.

Please click here to view the Trust strategic plan.

For a confidential discussion about the role, or for further information on how to make an application, please contact Martin Blair at Hays Leadership Appointments on T: 07736 791138 or E: martin.blair@hays.com. Please do not use any online “APPLY” options.

The closing date for this vacancy is Monday 11th July 2022 at 08:00am. Interviews are scheduled to take place on Friday 15th July 2022.

We are an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from everyone. Pontefract Academies Trust is wholly committed to ensuring children and young people are fully supported and safe. We are dedicated to safeguarding all children and young people whilst promoting their welfare. Any offer of employment will be subject to receipt of a satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure and pre-employment checks. Shortlisted applicants will also be asked to provide a self-declaration form.

Applying for the job

For a confidential discussion about the role, or for further information on how to make an application, please contact Martin Blair at Hays Leadership Appointments on T: 07736 791138 or E: martin.blair@hays.com. Please do not use any online “APPLY” options.

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About Pontefract Academies Trust

Trust type
Multi-academy trust
Contact phone number
01977 232146

Pontefract Academies Trust is a cross phase Multi Academy Trust comprising of eight schools: six primaries and two 11-16 secondary schools. We are a medium sized family of schools all located within Pontefract. We educate over 3500 children and young people across the town.

The Trust has undertaken a change management programme with a focus upon accelerating the performance of all our schools. The progress to date has been strong but there is more to come. Our collective work has seen one of our secondary schools shift from special measures to being rated good for the first time since 2009. In addition, in 2019 our six primary schools delivered their best SATs outcomes at Key Stage 2 in their history. Consequently, the Trust is in a strong position on which to build. We are honest about our progress as a Multi Academy Trust and whilst we have made great strides recently, we are humble enough to admit that we may not be where we want to be currently and there are things we can do better.

We believe that we have a strong, yet simple mission and vision as a Trust. We have a set of guiding principles that steer our daily work. It is not over ambitious to say that we aim to create something transformational in our schools in Pontefract. We want to be joined by people that share a passion for improving social mobility and who want to make a difference day in and day out. Our children and young people need the skills and qualifications to operate in an increasingly competitive global workplace. To this end, as educationalists, our role in improving the life chances of the children and young people in our communities should never be underestimated.

The ambition of the Trust is shared by our group of talented and highly dedicated support staff, teachers, leaders and SPRB members at our schools. We are equally grateful to our pupils and parents for their support and commitment.

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