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Venture MAT are seeking someone with the relevant skills and experience to join the board of trustees in September 2018.

We are particularly seeking someone with school improvement experience, either as a practitioner or in a governance role. You might be a teaching assistant, teacher or school leader, a consultant or a governor. You may be looking for a professional development opportunity or be interested in the chance to shape a new school improvement organisation. If you are interested please contact our clerk Wendy Randle on 07525 044108 or for more information and an informal discussion with the Chair, Jo Osborne.

Venture MAT
Dare to be different

Venture MAT is a creative and imaginative organisation that aims to support schools that are uniquely different from one another in differing communities. We enable them to develop their own curriculum, characteristics and expertise by providing a wide range of school improvement services either through a service agreement, by temporary secondment of staff, by associate membership of the MAT or by joining the MAT.

Venture’s ethos of education is characterised by high standards across the full curriculum at all ages. We enable children to thrive on their success; academically, in sporting competitions and by achieving personal goals that they set for themselves in the outdoors.

Schools -Venture is currently based at Trevithick Learning Academy, Camborne. After a fruitful partnership, St Issey C of E School, near Wadebridge is joining the MAT in October 2018. Venture have a contract to provide interim leadership and school improvement to St Barnabas MAT in the Liskeard area.
Governance – The board of trustees have a range of professional backgrounds including: financial, legal, education, human resources and construction. Their role is to create policy, hold the CEO to account, review the work of the Local Governing Boards, monitor the standards in each school and agree and monitor the budget. Each school has its own School Improvement Plan. This plan defines the school’s priorities and the actions that are to be taken to address them.
Meetings – There are 6 board meetings a year and trustees are encouraged to take a role on one of the committees; Finance and General Purposes or School Improvement that meet three times a year. We will look at the feasibility of combining some board and committee meetings whilst the MAT is small. Training will be provided.
Standards committee – With St Issey school joining the MAT, we will be forming a new committee of the board to oversee the work of the local boards in ensuring standards in both schools continue to rise and that we are making a measurable impact in the other schools in which we work.

An enhanced DBS check will be required for this role.

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