We are currently seeking a trustee to join the board of Fylde Coast Academy Trust, a trust of 10 schools, with an annual budget of £48.4 million.

As a trustee/director your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Hold executive leaders to account – both for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the effective and efficient performance management of staff
  • Oversee the organisation’s financial performance and ensure its funds are directed to the best possible educational outcomes for young people

By volunteering as a trustee/ director you will be responsible for contributing to the strategic decision-making of the board, helping the trust to realise immediate and long-term goals, and ultimately ensuring transparency, accountability and, challenge.

About Fylde Coast Academy Trust (FCAT)

Fylde Coast Academy Trust (FCAT) was established in 2012 by Fylde Coast Teaching School, a partnership of Blackpool Sixth Form College and Hodgson Academy, both ‘Outstanding’ learning organisations recognised for their contribution to education on a national level. Since 2020 FCAT has taken over sponsorship responsibilities of the academies but continues to work in close collaboration with Blackpool Sixth Form College and Hodgson Academy.

The Trust’s aim is to ensure first class learning opportunities for all young people on the Fylde Coast and across Lancashire. FCAT is a multi-academy trust (MAT) working in partnership with educational institutions across the local community, fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing – which is critical to its culture of continuous improvement.

FCAT consists of ten academies: Armfield and Unity Academies (all-through schools), Gateway, Hambleton, Mereside, Westcliff and Westminster (Primary schools), Aspire, Garstang and Montgomery (High schools).

– Total number of staff: 800
– Total number of students: 6,200
– Total number of EAL students: 320
– Total number of Pupil Premium students: 2,700
– Total number of SEND students: 1,500

The Trust’s requirements

FCAT is currently seeking a trustee to join the Trust on its journey.

The Trust is looking for people with experience in the following areas:

– Governance and Leadership experience
– Risk management
– Curriculum / outcomes – in particular Secondary-phase education
– Law
– Communications and Marketing

The Trust is introducing an aspirational project to develop a career-focused curriculum with a strong foundation in local industry and supported by further education providers. With the strategy and direction of the Trust being reset candidates will have the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives and futures of children across one of the most deprived areas of the country.

The Trust has a number of priorities it seeks to address going forward:

– One school is currently subject to a Termination Warning Notice from the Regional Director
– One secondary school has received a ‘Requires Improvement’ from Ofsted
– One secondary is adjudged to be at risk of ‘Requires Improvement’ at its next inspection
– There are high numbers of ‘English as an Additional Language’ (EAL) pupils in the Trust
– Increasing Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) needs
– Curriculum development at Key Stage 4, linking with careers
– Recruitment and retention of staff

What difference will you make?

Volunteering on an academy trust board is deeply rewarding as it allows you to impact the life chances of young people. Academy trusts support schools to give children a better future. For young people to have the best possible opportunities in later life, it’s vital we have individuals with the right expertise leading schools and holding executive teams accountable. Becoming a trustee is a fantastic opportunity to give back to your local community by strengthening education.

As well as looking for new opportunities to give something back to society, you may be looking for opportunities to build your experience in strategic decision-making at senior level or demonstrate your ability to perform in a non-executive position as part of a portfolio career.

All roles are pro bono

People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Governing boards should represent the communities they serve, as well as wider society. We welcome interest from underrepresented groups to ensure academy trust boards are diverse in background, skillset, and thought.

Diversity is a powerful instrument for effective governance. Trustees are required to make choices that impact the daily lives of children, from school finance all the way through to staff and pupil recruitment. It’s essential that boards possess a broad set of beliefs, experiences, and ideas to inform their final judgements. We believe that true representation at board level enables all children to fulfil their potential.

Useful information – about the trust

Trust website: www.fcat.org.uk

Companies House information: https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/08364709

Get Information About Schools: https://get-information-schools.service.gov.uk/Groups/Group/Details/3155


Useful information – academy trust governance

Academy Trust Handbook: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/64a52424c531eb000c64fe78/ATH_2023_FINAL_040723__digital__tracking_off.pdf

Academy trust governance guide – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/-governance-in-academy-trusts