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: 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.