Do you have the skills, dedication and commitment required to serve your community as a co-opted school governor at Anston Greenlands Primary School?
The Governing Body, school leadership team and staff have a shared vision for the future of Anston Greenlands Primary School – a future that puts children at the heart of all we do, transforms children’s lives and gives them the very best foundations in life as they continue their journey into secondary education. Our ambition for our school is not limited by achieving an Ofsted outstanding rating, but aims for every aspect of the school experience to be outstanding. As Governors, we are “guardians of the vision” and are proud to serve on the Governing Body of our very special school.
The role of a school Governing Body has never been more important – rightly, the government and Ofsted have high expectations of us. Our role is strategic, not operational, with 3 key aims:
• Ensuring the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school;
• Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
• Overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring money is well-spent.
In summary, governance is about overseeing the success of the school, not running or managing it – that is the job of paid professionals. It is about agreeing strategic priorities and monitoring progress towards them.
We already have a strong and effective Governing Body at Anston Greenlands Primary School but are looking to develop and further strengthen our team. We now have a vacancy for a co-opted governor with the skills, dedication and commitment to contribute to our school.
We are looking for a local person with a mix of skills and experience; someone who works well within a team of like-minded, diligent people who are passionate about helping children achieve their very best in an exciting and welcoming school. All Governors are expected to undertake training and development and to comply with our Governing Body code of conduct, including acting in strict confidence and applying Nolan’s Seven Principles of Public Life.
A Governor should expect to volunteer for the equivalent of six to ten days per year, depending on their specific roles; this includes training and development, meetings, preparation for meetings (eg reading papers in advance) and other responsibilities as required (eg as a named governor on one of the school’s strategic priorities). Some of this time will be during the day, but much will be in the evenings – for example we hold full Governing Body and Committee meetings each half-term usually on Wednesday evenings at 6pm.
You can find out more about our school and its governance at www.anstongreenlands.org. In addition, more general information about school governance can be found at:
• www.inspiringGovernors.org – an alliance working together to improve school governance; and
• www.nga.org.uk – the National Governors’ Association is an independent charity supporting and promoting outstanding governance to improve educational standards and well-being of children and young people.
If you are potentially interested in applying to become a co-opted school Governor, or would just like an initial chat, please get in touch with me, on a confidential, no obligation basis, at email@example.com
I look forward to hearing from you.
Chair of Governors, Anston Greenlands Primary School