Becoming a Trustee

Could you help us with the next stage of our growth, and make a real difference to the lives of local children and young people?

We’re seeking someone dedicated and skilled to join our excellent Board of Trustees as our new Finance Trustee.

We currently serve just over 7,800 students within Nottingham City and Derby/Derbyshire, with many of them coming from backgrounds of deprivation and living in challenging areas.

We are aiming to grow our trust, becoming large enough to achieve economies of scale, whilst still being able to focus on our local communities so that genuine school-to-school improvement can take place.

Archway Learning Trust has been providing a Church of England education to children in Nottingham since 1706. Not all our academies are designated as faith schools, and we plan to grow with both faith and non-faith schools over time.

Board members of all faiths or no faith are welcomed, and we seek to ensure our Board represents the communities we serve. We do ask that our Board members support our Christian ethos.

The key priorities for the Board over the next 12-24 months are:

  1. Build additional capacity to grow the Trust further, particularly but not exclusively in the primary sector.
  2. Further refine the Trust’s systems to capitalise on the increased scale and with a view to achieving even better economies of scale allowing additional investment in resources for pupils.
  3. Ensure the Trust’s strategic plans and operational activities remain focussed on the high-quality provision and ambition for existing schools and that the vision, values and culture are palpable in all the Trust’s academies.

Board meetings are held in the Nottingham area, six times a year. One of these meetings forms an extended leadership conference where the trust board is joined by wider trust executives and local chairs to evaluate and look ahead strategically.

The Board also has a committee structure which oversees Finance, Curriculum & Standards, Audit & Risk, and People. The successful candidate will be invited to be a member of a committee depending on their skills and interests after discussion with the Chair.

The trust encourages trustees to gain an understanding of its work by making occasional visits to one of its academies (by prior arrangement) to see how boardroom decisions impact the day to day operation of the schools.

In total, trustees are likely need to commit (on average) 6-8 hours per month which would include reading time for meeting preparation which can be done remotely at leisure.

If you would like to find out more about this role, we’d love to hear from you.

Please contact Michelle Walshe on and we’ll be in touch to arrange a conversation. 

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