Vacancy: Clerk (December 2021)

School
All schools / The Trust
Job reference
MT/C
Closing date
3 January 2022 at 9.00am
Interview date
10 January 2022
Start date
As soon as possible
Contract type
Permanent
Salary
Grade E Spinal Point 6 - £10.23 per hour
Hours
5 hours a week (260 hours a year). The number of hours needed each week will vary depending on the schedule of meetings. The majority of the meetings take place in the evening, during term time, with some starting at 5pm and others finishing at 9pm. Flexibility to work these later hours is essential. Preparation and administration can be done at any time of day but the Clerk will need to be able to check emails regularly during the week
Location
The majority of the work will be carried out from home, but you may be required to attend face-to-face meetings at any of our schools in Trowbridge, Wingfield, Hilperton and Melksham
Role overview
The Mead Trust is currently comprised of three schools across four sites; The Mead at Hilperton, The Mead at Wingfield and Castle Mead School in Trowbridge, and River Mead School in Melksham. Our schools work closely together and benefit from a strong central infrastructure to enable them to concentrate on providing ‘Inspirational Learning for All’. We pride ourselves on being inclusive, passionate, and principled and are dedicated to ensuring that all of our children achieve the best possible outcomes in all areas of school life.

We have been working tirelessly over the last 12 months to develop our governance infrastructure, and would now like to appoint an experienced, organised Clerk to support us as we move forward and continue to develop our governance plans.

Our Trust Clerk will support our local governing boards (called Academy Advisory Groups), and some Trustees committees, including the Resources Committee. The role is for 5 hours a week (260 hours a year). The number of hours needed each week will vary depending on the schedule of meetings. The majority of the meetings take place in the evening, during term time, with some starting at 5pm and others finishing at 9pm. Flexibility to work these later hours is essential. Preparation and administration can be done at any time of day but the Clerk will need to be able to check emails regularly during the week.

We manage all of our documentation in SharePoint, and many of our meetings are currently held remotely via Zoom, so the Clerk will need to be proficient and confident in using these systems, as well as Outlook, Word, and Excel.

It goes without saying that the Clerk will need to have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, to ensure that they are an effective member of our governance team. They will need to be able to build strong collaborative working relationships with the various Group / Committee Chairs, and work in close partnership with members of our Executive Leadership Team where appropriate. Their organisation skills will have to be second to none, with a detailed understanding of the legal requirements and statutory obligations of the Groups and Committees they are responsible for. Lastly, but certainly no means least, they must be friendly and enthusiastic with a passion for supporting schools and education.

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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All applicants will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check before appointment is confirmed.

What we offer

We recognise the value and contribution every member of our staff makes to our schools, and in return for their dedication and commitment we provide:

  • A laptop to use for all Trust-related work
  • Dedicated, professional and supportive Trustees, Members, Academy Advisors and staff
  • A Pro licence Zoom account
  • A National College training account, with access to thousands of training courses online for free
  • A buddy, to provide support for as long as is needed
  • Access to a comprehensive staff portal
  • Extensive professional development through The Key, the National College, and the National Governance Association