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School Governor

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Victoria Community School, Burton upon Trent
Salary details
This is a voluntary and unpaid appointment
Job term
Part Time
Appointment type
Fixed Term
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Closing Date
02 June 2024


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 the local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment. Please note, it is not essential to reside in the immediate community to join our school governors! 

It is a very exciting time to join our school with a new name, logo and uniform planned for September, to signify a fresh start. The current Headteacher has only been in post just over two years, and is working hard to build a team to drive the school forward. 

We need a governing board that has a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience to enable us to work effectively. As a governor you will be a volunteer who makes a vital contribution to the success of the school. School governors have three main roles. Governors ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. The governing body helps to set long-terms plans for the school, decide where improvements need to be made and how to make them. 

Governors hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and the effective and efficient performance management of staff. The governing body looks at the quality of education being offered and ensures the head is doing everything possible to improve results. In July 2022 an Ofsted Inspection rated our school as Requires Improvement. The new Headteacher and staff are working hard to refocus the curriculum to improve our standards and we have embraced many new schemes and ideas e.g. Power Maths & Little Wandle. 

Governors oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent. Governors examine budgets and spending proposals to monitor whether the school is getting value for money and ensure the money is spent in the right areas.

This role may be particularly of interest if you have skills in finance/accounting, human resources, data analysis, procurement, or compliance but we invite applications from anyone who is interested in helping the school be the best it can be – having a diverse group of people on the governing body is vital to ensure that all viewpoints of stakeholders are taken. 

Full training is available, and governors are encouraged to attend regular training sessions, either in person or online.

This is a fixed term appointment for a maximum of four years from the date of appointment

We are looking for someone who can attend approximately four full governing body meetings per academic year and around three sub-committee meetings per year. Meetings are held in school, usually on an evening. These meetings are usually around 2 hours long.

Governors may also spend time in school during the day, around two visits per term.

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 into decision-making in the interests of the school

Anyone aged over 18 can be a governor and you do not need to be a parent. 

All governors will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. 

Remember, there is no requirement for you to have an understanding of the education system, just the desire to support school, education, and have time to contribute. 

Completed application forms should be returned to the school by e mail to office@victoria.staffs.sch.uk

Additional information

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

This position is subject to a “disclosure” check under the “Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974”. Further details regarding this check and Staffordshire County Council’s employment policy will be found within the guidance notes.

Please be aware that Derbyshire County Council is placing this advert on behalf of this organisation and you should refer directly to its website for details of the terms and conditions attached to this post. Any queries regarding this advert or the recruitment process should be made directly to the organisation.