WANTED – GOVERNORS
A Unique Chance to Make a Difference to Young People’s Lives
Being a school governor is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to young people, give something back to your local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment.
You will also be joining the largest volunteer force in the country: there are over a quarter of a million volunteers governing state funded schools in England.
Schools need governing boards that have a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience.
The Governing Board has three key roles:
1. To set the strategic direction of the school;
2. To hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of pupils;
3. To oversee the financial effectiveness of the school, making sure the money is well spent
Anyone aged over 18 years can be a Governor and you do not need to always be a parent of the school. There is plenty of training available to help you learn about the role of a school governor. There is no requirement for you to have an understanding of the education system, just the necessary skills, character and time to contribute. The position of school governor is entirely voluntary and unpaid. The minimum commitment expected is to prepare for and attend 3 meetings per school year (usually 1 a term). These are of approximately 2 hours duration and take place in the early evening, with a focus on curriculum, community and culture.
As a Governor, you will be able to:
· Use your own experience of education and life beyond school to inform conversations;
· Develop and utilise your skills in a board-level environment;
· Make a valuable contribution to education and your community;
· Support and challenge the school so that it improves for pupils and staff;
· Bring your unique experiences, perspectives and insights in to decision-making in the interests of the school community
Our Governors join us through a variety of routes and with a range of different backgrounds, skills and experiences. They are all volunteers who work together for the benefit of the academy. Governors are the most important volunteer workforce in education. We value the link that Governors provide between the academy and the community it serves.
Castle Phoenix Trust is currently looking for new Governors across our Primary and Secondary Schools in Coventry and would be delighted to hear from anyone who has:
- An interest in supporting our pupils from our most vulnerable to our most able
- A desire to provide support and challenge to the school
- An open and enquiring mind – with a good sense of humour!
- The ability to consider issues objectively
- The confidence to ask questions and join in debate
- A willingness to listen and make informed judgements
- The ability to work well with others
- Time to spare
- Sufficient numeracy skills to understand basic data
- And most importantly enthusiasm!
What we can offer is:
- The opportunity to make a difference in some of the most vulnerable young lives
- A real sense of achievement
- The pleasure of helping our pupils reach their potential
- A chance to develop skills in strategic management
- The opportunity to work with our team of governors and staff in improving our school
- Training to develop an understanding of specific school management issues
- An insight into the education system including the structure of a Multi Academy Trust
Are you interested and would you like to apply? Please contact Karen Steele at email@example.com or by telephone on 02476 444822 to arrange a mutually convenient time for a discussion with Michele Marr, Chief Executive of Castle Phoenix Trust, to receive more information around the role of the Local Governing Body.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all governors and volunteers to share this commitment. Governor opportunities are subject to the receipt of a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.