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Governance Clerk & Support Officer - Penn Hall School

Employer
Amethyst Academies Trust
Location
Penn Hall School Central Offices, Penn, Wolverhampton, WV4 5HP
Salary
NJC Grade 5 FTE: £27,803 - £31,364 (Pro rata: £14,542 - £16,405)
Closing date
15 Jul 2024
Reference
SANDED000006971

Start Date         September 2024    

Are you interested in joining a Trust with a commitment to making a real difference to children and young people? Do you have an interest in education and helping schools be the very best they can be through effective organisation, high expectations and a clear vision? 

We are looking to recruit a dynamic Clerk to School Governing Boards and Support Officer with excellent administration, organisational and interpersonal skills. 

In this role you will be a key part of a small but friendly central MAT team, and have the opportunity to develop towards governance professional role and make a real difference to the governance of 4 schools across Amethyst Academies Trust. 

In return, we can offer you the opportunity to join a family of schools who are committed to providing high quality education within our ethos, culture and values. We truly believe our staff are our greatest asset in delivering that vision, and we are looking for an exceptional and motivated individual to join our central team.

The role is term-time only and part time, working 22.5 hours per week flexibly across the year, to meet the needs of the governing boards. The majority of the Trust’s governance meetings take place in the late afternoon or early evening. A flexible approach to working hours is essential as the successful candidate may be asked to service additional meetings in order to meet the governance needs of the Trust (for example pupil disciplinary committees, complaints panels, HR hearings) or to provide cover for other team members in their absence.

The successful applicant will have a base at the Trusts Central team office in Penn, Wolverhampton, although we anticipate that they will undertake the majority of their work from home. Attendance at academies for meetings is required, and travel expenses will be reimbursed. A laptop and mobile phone will be provided.

Knowledge of how schools and governing bodies operate would be an advantage along with previous experience of similar work however full training and support will be provided to candidates who demonstrate the necessary skills. There is an expectation that regular training and development will be undertaken to maintain knowledge and develop practice.

The core responsibilities of the post will include: 
•    Working closely with the Governing Bodies and Chairs of Governors, along with the Headteacher. 
•    This role will support and co-ordinate the distribution of papers, take the minutes and follow up on any further actions accordingly. 
•    Supporting the Executive Director of Governance, Legal and Compliance in the fulfilment of the School Governor Service within the Trust, with regard to the smooth running of the Trust’s Board and Governing Board meeting programme. 
•    Providing support to the Governors and schools through advice, guidance and the Governor/ Trustee training programme. 
•    Providing various administrative tasks as required. 

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Benefits include:
•    Flexible working arrangements
•    Local government pension scheme
•    Childcare vouchers
•    Amethyst Academies Trust flexible benefits, including cycle to work
•    Enrolment into the trust’s health and wellbeing scheme
•    Exposure to high quality CPD and professional development opportunities. 

Applications forms and information pack can be obtained by emailing ljones@aatrust.co.uk or via the website www.aatrust.co.uk 

Completed applications should be emailed to ljones@aatrust.co.uk

Closing date for applications: Monday 15th July 2024
Shortlisting: Tuesday 16th July 2024
Interviews: Monday 22nd July 2024

We do reserve the right to close this advertisement early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.

Safeguarding 

We are deeply committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Children and expect all Staff and Volunteers to share this commitment. All necessary Safeguarding checks will be undertaken which must have satisfactory outcomes, otherwise the conditional job offer may be withdrawn. Details of the checks that will be undertake can be found at: Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2024.

This role has been assessed as working in regulated activity and is subject to an Enhanced DBS plus Children’s Barred List Check.

It is an offence to apply for this role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (2013 and 2020).  This means that certain convictions and cautions are considered ‘protected’ and do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account.  Guidance about whether a conviction or caution should be disclosed can be found on the Ministry of Justice website: Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (2020)

Hours: 

22.5 hours per week – term time only, Permanent 

Salary:

NJC Grade 5 FTE: £27,803 - £31,364 (Pro rata: £14,542 - £16,405)

Address:

Penn Hall School Central Offices, Penn, Wolverhampton, WV4 5HP

Closing Date:

Monday 15 July 2024 

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