Ark is an educational charity with schools in Birmingham, Hastings, London and Portsmouth. Chairs lead a team of governors working closely with Principals and school leaders, providing both support and challenge.
Chair are asked to spend around 1.5 to 2 days per month; this time will include visits to the school, meeting new governors, preparing for and chairing 4 to 5 local governing body (LGB) meetings a year and accessing the range of Ark training and development. You'll get to know key staff members and develop or extend your knowledge of Multi Academy Trust structure and division of responsibilities. LGBs are supported by the central governance team and a regional governance officer. Chairs may also sit on or chair exclusion review panels and final stage complaints panels (specific training is provided for these activities).
The ideal volunteer for this role will have some experience in school governance (although this is not essential) and will have demonstrated leadership skills in a board or committee setting. They will need to share the Ark values and have a keen interest in providing quality education to the children we teach, while understanding the issues faced within our communities.
They will need an interest in and commitment to the education sector.
Ideally they will also have:
Schools need governors, and local governing bodies need good Chairs. When the right person is in post, meetings are dynamic and ideas emerge, staff and a diverse mix of governors find common ground and the governors' skills and experiences can be drawn upon. A Chair who cares about the school and its staff and pupils, and is passionate about delivering the best possible education, makes all the difference.
Ark has 300+ governors and 30+ Chairs. We offer Chair-specific training and ongoing support for Chairs with courses, updates and Chair's forum. This is a role where you could get really involved in a local school and use your mentoring managing and problem solving skills to make a difference to pupils and their families. We want our local governing body to include members with a broad range of experience, backgrounds and skills that not only reflect the community we serve but contribute to our long term goals and add real value to our strategic decision making. We welcome applications from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds and appoint on merit.