Do you want to be inspired by the impact of education? Do you have the skills to lead an established board of governors? A school in Taunton is looking for a skilled volunteer to drive school improvement
What will you be doing?
Governing bodies are responsible for the strategic management of a school and will make decisions about a wide range of issues
The core responsibilities involved are:
A school governing body is made up of representatives from the school, the parents, and the local community.
What's in it for the volunteer?
Volunteering as a chair of governors is a challenging but rewarding role. As part of the governing board, you’ll:
What are we looking for?
This vacancy is for a Secondary school (11-18). They are looking for someone who has previous governance or board level experience. Ideally, you would have education experience however please still apply if your skills lie in a different industry. You do need to have a deep commitment to inclusive education, ability to form good relationships with the school and Trust leaders and an understanding of and compassion for children experiencing disadvantage.
You must be over 18, but you don’t need to be a parent or have children of school age. Often, it’s the outside perspective you can bring that a school needs. Professional experience in areas such as safe guarding, change management, and leadership skills are all useful to a school. Soft skills such as communication and problem solving are also great additions.
You don’t need any specific skills or experience to be a school governor. You must be over 18, but you don’t need to be a parent or have experience working in education. Often, it’s the outside perspective you can bring that a school needs.
Professional experience in areas such as HR, finance, law, or project management are all useful to a school. But soft skills such as leadership, communication, and problem solving are also great additions.
What difference will you make?
Governors make decisions that affect schools for years to come. Chair of Governors work in partnership with Head Teachers and the Senior Management Team to help deliver the best possible education, and help children realise their expectations and aspirations.
Our recent impact survey found that our volunteers bring £9.9 million worth of value to schools each year, and 9/10 volunteers would recommend being a governor to a friend.
As a chair of governors, you will be encouraged to visit the school to gain an understanding of the culture and ethos and to get the most out of the role. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet children, parents, and teachers, and see the impact of your work first-hand.
You will need to complete an application form and will have an interview with the school. DBS checks will be taken up.