Have you ever thought of being a school governor?
We currently have one vacancy for the role of Co-opted Governor, and one for Parent Governor. A Co-opted Governor is one that is elected by our school's Governing Body, and Parent Governors are elected by fellow parents of the school.
The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community. School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies. A governing body monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher.
Governing bodies are responsible for a wide range of matters. Their duties include careful management of the school budget, school effectiveness, target setting and monitoring, plus involvement in a variety of personnel and pupil issues. In your role as a school governor, you will be supported in these duties by other experienced members of the governing body, the headteacher, the clerk to the governing body and the Governor Services Department of the Local Authority.
Please note that the most important duty of any governor is to attend meetings of the Governing Body and you should be sure that you are committed and available to do this before applying. At William Austin Infant School the Governing Body meet 2 or 3 times a term. Meeting dates are agreed at the beginning of the academic year and normally take place on Mondays and commence at 5.00 p.m. and finish at 7.00 p.m. approximately. You will also be required to carry out at least two visits per year at the school, during the day, to research an area of responsibility and liaise with the appropriate members of the school staff. You will provide a written report of your findings to the Governing Body.
Being a school governor is an experience that is interesting, challenging and worthwhile. What is really important is that you have the skills, time and commitment to help drive school improvement and the passion and ambition to achieve the best possible education for children and young people.
The letters of application can be found below: