Ashford, Kent
£0.00 - Voluntary
Job description

The Caldecott Foundation provides specialist residential care, fostering families and education for disadvantaged, vulnerable and traumatised young people in the UK.

We are seeking a Trustee with experience in the education sector and with working knowledge of providing education for students with Special Educational Needs. The provision of Education is a significant part of the service we offer and so having this expertise on board will be invaluable for the organisation.

This is a great opportunity to join a team of Trustees and staff helping some of the most vulnerable children in our society to build a future and reach their potential by supporting the board with your knowledge and expertise of the education sector.

You will be an important member of the leadership team and through your involvement contribute to an organisation achieving outstanding long term outcomes for some of the most vulnerable young people in our society. As you develop into the role of Chair of Governors you will provide Trustee colleagues with expert advice on educational matters and leadership of the Board of Governors. Through your work with Trustees and Managers you will be helping us achieve the best educational outcomes for each student and reaching more children who could benefit from our services.

This is an exciting time to get involved with the work of the Caldecott Foundation as we expand our provision to help more vulnerable children whilst also improving the quality of our services. You will be part of a Board of volunteer Trustees providing strategic oversight and helping to shape the future direction of the organisation.

Person specification


  • Experience in the education sector at leadership level.
  • Working knowledge of providing education for students with Special Educational Needs.
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • Good communication and leadership skills
  • Understanding and commitment to the organisation’s cause and objectives.
  • Willing to act as an ambassador to external bodies, charities and companies.
  • A team-oriented approach to problem solving and management.


  • Experience of being in the role of a SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator)

Time commitment

Board meetings are held four times a year. You will also Chair of the School’s Board of Governors, these meetings are held three times a year.

How to apply

All applications are made via Reach Volunteering in the first instance. Your application will require your current CV and covering letter answering the following questions:

  • What motivated you to apply to become a trustee?
  • What other experience or skills do you feel you could offer?
  • Are there any areas of the organisations work you have a particular interest in and/or would like to become more involved in?
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Posted on: 09 August 2019
Closed date: 07 November 2019
Job ref: J62650
Tags: Trustees, Governance