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Job Ref No. ECC8825950-94S Position Type: Administration Pay Range: Local Government Point 28 - 32
Position Start Date: 01/09/2024 Contract Type: Part-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 01/07/2024 4pm Date of Interviews: 9 July 2024  

Job Description

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SEN Trust Southend is looking to appoint a well organised, efficient and enthusiastic Governance Professional/Company Secretary. The successful candidate will work closely with the CEO, Trustees, Members and Academy Committee Clerks. This is a key role within the Trust and would ideally suit a highly organised, efficient, self-motivated and enthusiastic individual who can provide an excellent service for governance across the Trust.

This role will support Trustees in delivering their statutory responsibilities through meetings and sub-committees, including agenda preparation, attendance at meetings and minute taking. You will manage all aspects of compliance, policies and GDPR within the MAT including; statutory returns,(e.g. Companies House returns, Register of Business Interests etc) policy updates and updating/developing the Trust website.

Under the direction of the CEO you will deliver an efficient clerking service for the Trust. You will be able to work independently and be instrumental in providing professional governance guidance. You will provide advice to the Trust on governance and procedural matters, whilst undertaking effective clerking and administrative support for the Trust Board and its' committees.

The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal skills, be confident in their approach, be efficient and maintain a high level of confidentiality at all times. The ideal candidate will have strong IT skills

The role offers flexible and blended working with occasional out of school hours. Meetings will take place at the Trust central office at The St. Christopher School.

There are opportunities for additional hours in order to meet the governance needs of the Trust including supporting local governing board panels as requested or to provide cover for other clerking team members in their absence.

This is a unique MAT of four academy special schools within Southend who work closely together. As such, partnership working is key to the schools' and the MAT's success.

We can offer you:

· a warm and welcoming Trust

· professional development opportunities

· access to the local government pension scheme

· a MAT where all staff are valued, secure and have a strong sense of commitment and belonging

· flexible working opportunities

As this is a newly created post the working pattern may change subject to requirements of the Trust and the skills/experience of the candidates.

For more information about our MAT visit:

As a Trust we are committed to ensuring the welfare and safeguarding of all pupils. All staff will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

For further information about the position, contact Jackie Mullan, Chief Executive Officer (

For an application pack contact Helen Warren/Karen Stevenson in The St. Christopher School office: 01702 524193


Information about the School

The St. Christopher School is a specialist special school for Communication & Interaction for pupils aged 3 - 19. We work with a wide range of pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, communication & interaction difficulties and range of learning difficulties. The school is part of SEN Trust Southend.

SEN Trust Southend opened as a formal partnership on 1 September 2017. The four special schools, The St. Christopher School, Kingsdown School, Lancaster School and St. Nicholas School have always worked closely together to create a strong group of special schools which aim to meet the majority of needs of those pupils who require specialist support in a specialist educational school with Southend. We created the Multi-Academy Trust to help us continue this work.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.


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Contact Information

Dan Woodman
Mountdale Gardens, Leigh-on-Sea
Essex, SS9 4AW
Telephone: 01702 524193

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