Interested in becoming a Governor?
Governors have an important part to play in raising school standards through their three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring and evaluating school performance.
Every school has a Board of Governors which often includes parents of children at the school, citizens appointed by the local authority, members co-opted from the community and school staff, including the Headteacher. Together, they are jointly responsible for providing strategic leadership and ensuring accountability.
Dedicated to school development & improvement, they work in partnership with the school management team and make important decisions with regard to the running of the school. This is in relation to curriculum provision, pupil targets, school development plans, budget management, staffing, health and safety and management of premises. They also act as a source of challenge – a critical friend.
Childwall Sports & Science Academy currently have a number of vacancies for Co-opted School Governors, due to membership changes within our Board of Governors.
If you have skills and experience in financial management, HR, or strategic business planning and have approximately 20 hours per term to be able to make a real difference to the education and life outcomes of young people in our area, then we would love to hear from you. Appointments usually last for four years.
What would you gain personally from becoming a Governor?
- A chance to develop transferable skills in strategic management.
- The opportunity to work with our team of governors and staff on developing and improving our school;
- The satisfaction of making a contribution to the community;
- A sense of achievement in making a difference to children’s lives;
- Training to develop an understanding of governance and specific school management issues.
What does the Board of Governors have responsibility for?
- Working with the Headteacher on the strategic planning and management of the school, including agreeing and monitoring key policies.
- Ensuring that pupils receive high quality education and that the management of the school reflects this aim.
- Discussing and approving the targets for improvement.
- Appointing the staff including selecting the Headteacher (as and when needed).
- Setting and monitoring the school Budget and Resource plans.
- On occasions, making difficult decisions about individual pupils or staff.
- Monitoring the overall performance of the school
- Reporting to the parents and community on how we have accomplished our tasks
- Making sure the National Curriculum is taught.
- Deciding how the school can encourage pupils' spiritual, moral and cultural development.
- Making sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with additional needs.
How to express an interest
If you would like to be considered for appointment to a governor role – please send a letter detailing the specific skills and experience you can bring to the role to Deborah Moss, Senior Clerk to Lydiate Learning Trust at the following email address – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that we always carry out pre-appointment checks including one with the Disclosure & Barring Service (Previously CRB) to ensure you have clearance to work with children and young people.