Community Governor AppealPosted on: March 18th 2021
- Has lockdown made you appreciate the importance of community?
- Do you have skills and experience that could benefit others?
- Would you like to support a local organisation in its work to deliver top class education and life chances to local young people?
- Could you be our next Community Governor?
I’m Lorna Vickery, Chair of Governors at Amery Hill School, and I’m keen to involve members of the local community in our school as Community Governors: helping shape and guide the strategic direction of the school and ensuring the voices of students, staff, parents and the local community are heard.
What are community governors?
Community governors usually live or work in the neighbourhood served by the school and have a keen interest in the school’s success. Being a governor is a great opportunity for professionals looking to share and improve their business or leadership skills, and we are particularly interested in speaking to people with experience in Finance, Law or Human Resources, Health & Safety and IT systems.
What are the benefits for me?
Governors can get a great deal from the work and time they put into the role, from meeting new people to learning new skills, and experiencing decision making at board level. Most importantly you have the chance to help improve the education and life chances of children and young people: the work is extremely rewarding and interesting.
Do I need any professional qualifications to be a school governor?
No. We need volunteers with a variety of life experiences, however, whilst you do not need qualifications to be a governor, you will need to demonstrate:
- an ability to work in a team and debate issues in a constructive manner
- an interest in secondary education and lifelong learning
- good strategic and general financial awareness
- the capacity to shape, implement and monitor policy
- a commitment to participate in training to enhance your effectiveness in the role.
How much time will I need to commit?
Although the role is voluntary, we do ask for you make a time commitment of twelve meetings spaced through the academic year and a Governor Day in October. There is a comprehensive training programme throughout the year to help you understand the responsibilities of the role and how you can best contribute to the success of the governing team and the school community.
If you are interested in supporting a local organisation, believe you have a skill set that would add value to our Governing Board and/or you would like further information then please contact Katherine Horton, Clerk to the Board of Governors, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information is available on our Governors section of our website.
Note: Successful applicants will need to undergo a DBS check and complete a written application, of no more than 150 words, explaining their interest and clarifying what they bring to the role and the Governing Body as a whole.