• Enabling pupils to make the link between what they are learning and the world of work

Current Governor Opportunities

Current Governor Opportunities

The following schools are currently offering governor opportunities.

You may also like to read our factsheet on Becoming a primary school governor.

The Governing Body of Seascale Primary School are seeking a suitably experienced person to take on the voluntary role of Chair of Governors.

The Governing Body are established and experienced and would be able to offer extensive support to someone new to school governance.

The School itself was judged to be ‘good’ September 2018.

The skills and attributes required are outlined below:

  1. Commitment to the school
  2. Personal Integrity
  3. Good understanding of the school’s operating environment
  4. Good understanding of the legal responsibilities,
  5. Strong communication skills
  6. Negotiation and diplomacy skills
  7. Good organisation and the ability to prioritise
  8. Able to think strategically
  9. Ability to chair meetings well
  10. Ability to have courageous conversations and make courageous decisions
  11. Ability to get the best out of the team
  12. Be able to process information quickly and understand relevant data, drawing valid conclusions
  13. Ability and willingness to delegate

For further information, please contact Mrs Avril Spencer, Head Teacher/Mrs Julie Denvir, Chair of Governors:
email: [email protected]
phone: 019467 28403

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The Governing Body of St. Begh’s Catholic Junior School are seeking a suitably experienced practising Catholic to take on the voluntary role of Chair of Governors, ideally from September 2019. Nominees would need the endorsement of their Parish Priest and their nomination approved by the Bishop.

The Governing Body are established and experienced and would be able to offer extensive support to someone new to school governance.

The School itself was judged to be ‘good’ in both a Section 48 RE Inspection in June 2018 and a Section 5 Inspection in July 2018.

The skills and attributes required are outlined below:

  1. Commitment to the school
  2. Personal Integrity
  3. Good understanding of the school’s operating environment
  4. Good understanding of the legal responsibilities,
  5. Strong communication skills
  6. Negotiation and diplomacy skills
  7. Good organisation and the ability to prioritise
  8. Able to think strategically
  9. Ability to chair meetings well
  10. Ability to have courageous conversations and make courageous decisions
  11. Ability to get the best out of the team
  12. Be able to process information quickly and understand relevant data, drawing valid conclusions
  13. Ability and willingness to delegate

For further information, please contact Rev. Deacon Stephen Scott:
email: [email protected]
phone: 01946 67099

The Nomination Of Parents As Candidates

Each parent of a pupil attending the school is to be given the opportunity of putting their name forward with a view to becoming a parent governor. If you want to submit a nomination on your behalf you should do so, in writing, to the Clerk. Letters of nomination must be countersigned by two sponsors, who must also be parents of children currently attending the School. The closing date for the receipt of nominations by the school is Friday 12th July 2019.

In the event of there being no more than one nomination, the person nominated will automatically become a Parent Governor.

The Election Procedure

If the school receives more than two nominations then an election by secret ballot will be held to allow parents to decide who they would like to represent them. Should an election be necessary, it will be held as soon as possible in the last week of term. Each parent * of a child who at the time of the election is a pupil at the school will be entitled to vote. Following an election, parents will be told the name of the successful candidate. In the event of it being necessary to hold an election, the clerk will issue all parents with further details concerning the way in which the ballot (which will be entirely secret and as fool proof as possible) is to be organised and supply the official ballot papers.

Candidates’ Contribution To The Election

Candidate’s nominations should be accompanied by a short (no more than 150 word) summary of your relevant skills and experience which will be circulated to all parents of the school. Should candidates wish to seek support in any other way, this will be entirely their own responsibility.

Term Of Office Of Parent Governors

An elected parent governor will hold office for a period of four years.

Parents’ Participation

It is very important for the efficiency and effectiveness of schools that parents should be encouraged to have an active involvement in their children’s education. Consequently, parents are encouraged to participate and take an interest in the election process whether as candidates or voters. In this way all parents can have an effective voice concerning the running of their children’s school and have a proper vehicle for the expression of their views regarding School policies.

School Government In General

The governing body is responsible for both the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The governing body carries out its role by setting the vision for the school and then ensuring that the school works efficiently and effectively towards achieving its vision. It does this by building a thorough knowledge of the school and its community, by both supporting and constructively challenging the school, and by ensuring accountability and compliance.

Before you decide to stand, you may want to know a bit more about what is involved. Governors do not need to be experts in the field of education. What they do need is an interest in the school and in the welfare of our children, and the time and willingness to get involved. The skills you have may be very useful to the governing body. If you have relevant experience would you consider applying? However, equally important and welcome are more general skills such as the ability to build relationships with a range of people, to be able to work as part of a team and to be able to question.

Our governing body expects governors to:

  • Attend three meetings of the full governing body per year.
  • To attend one staff/ governor training session per year.
  • To sit on one of three committees and attend committee meetings which are held immediately prior to full
    governing body meetings.
  • To visit the school informally at least 3 times per year.
  • To attend training courses relevant to the role.

On appointment/election all governors receive documents and training to help them in their role as a school governor
If you have any queries at this stage regarding the subject of Parent Governors, would you please either email me or contact Mrs Fish and we will try to help you.

Email [email protected]

Posted: Wednesday June 26, 2019

We have some vacancies on our school’s governing body. If you are interested in joining us or would like some more information, please send us a message or drop into the school office.

Posted: Thursday April 4, 2019

Bridekirk Dovenby C of E Primary School are seeking to appoint a Clerk to the Governing Body. This role would suit someone who has proven administration experience and a few hours to spare every week.

The successful applicant will need to have a flexible approach to time. Full Governor Meetings are held in the evening and currently 1 meeting per term.

Experience in the education sector will be an advantage in this role, as you will be supporting our Co-Chairs of Governors to ensure the smooth running of the Governing Body, however this is not essential.

Main Duties

  • Ensuring effective timetabling, administration and organisation of governing body meetings
  • Preparing agendas and organisation of paperwork for meetings, in conjunction with the Chair of Governors and Headteacher
  • Accurate minute-taking of meetings, ensuring timely distribution and filing of all paperwork
  • Maintaining the Governor pages of the school website (full training will be given) and to ensure all paperwork is available to all governors
  • Managing and maintaining records of governor correspondence
  • Close liaison with the Co-Chairs of Governors, Chairs of Committees, Headteacher and School Business Manager regarding governor body matters
  • Providing advice to the governing body over changes to statutory requirements, policies or other governance matters. Support and training for this is provided through Hampshire Governor Services

Key Requirements

  • A good standard of literacy and numeracy with the ability to produce high quality minutes
  • Exceptional IT skills, especially with Word and Excel and access to relevant equipment for working from home (computer, printer, internet)
  • Be an efficient administrator, able to use your initiative and able to work to the meeting deadlines
  • Be a confident researcher, able to manage information and advice from a variety of sources
  • Be able to develop good working relationships with the Governing Body, Headteacher and school staff
  • Be able to maintain absolute confidentiality
  • Willing to undertake any Governor Services training as necessary for legal compliance or personal development and attend network meetings as required

This is an exciting opportunity where you will need to be skilled in supporting colleagues to ensure the very best outcomes for our school. This post will be integral to our ongoing whole school journey to excellence.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and undertake the relevant Disclosure and Barring Service checks satisfactorily.

To discuss further please contact Julie Hodgson (Chair) 07740 258 212 or Julia Fish (Headteacher) 01900 829 889

Julie Hodgson, Chair of Governors

Posted: Thursday April 4, 2019

Distington Community School is looking for somebody for their governing body, preferably with Health and Safety experience. They must be able to attend meetings after school and occasionally be available in school time (notice will be given). Appointment will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Check

Contact
Distington Community School
Church Road
Distington
Cumbria
CA14 5TE
Telephone: 01946 830 526
Email: [email protected]
www.distington-comm.cumbria.sch.uk

Posted: Thursday April 4, 2019

The school currently has two vacancies on their Governor board and are keen to fill them from the local business community. If you are interested in joining their small band of people who work to improve outcomes for pupils at the school please contact us.

Contact
Wendy Figes
Arlecdon Primary School
Frizington
Cumbria
CA26 3XA
www.arlecdon.cumbria.sch.uk

Posted: Thursday April 4, 2019

Moresby Primary School would like to recruit a governor with some/any of the following skills:

  • Auditing
  • Quality assurance
  • HR
  • finance know how

Contact
Ross Peacock
Moresby Primary School
Moresby Parks
Whitehaven
Cumbria
CA28 8UX
Telephone: 01946 599 765
[email protected]
www.moresby.cumbria.sch.uk

Posted: Thursday April 4, 2019

The school would like to recruit another governor. In particular, they are looking for a person with skills in the following:

  • Construction
  • Finance
  • Project Management
  • Buildings Maintenance
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Teamwork

You would be required to commit to attend four full governors meetings and two or three smaller committee meetings a year. The school welcomes governor involvement in school events such as Christmas dinner and summer performances. There is great flexibility to how ‘involved’ governors wish to be.

Head teacher Andrew Beattie adds “The role of the governor can be a bit of an enigma to many outside of education so I am happy to chat informally to anyone who may be interested. We have some new governors who have joined us in the last 12 months so again they would be happy to discuss with any potential interests either face-to-face or over email. I’m sure all of our governors would share that it is both an interesting and rewarding role”.

If you are interested, please contact the head teacher Andrew Beattie below…

Contact
Andrew Beattie
St James C of E Junior School
Whitehaven
Cumbria
CA28 7HG
www.stjamesjun.cumbria.sch.uk

Posted: Thursday April 4, 2019