Governors with Finance, Legal, HR, IT, SEND and Safeguarding Services Expertise Required
The Governors of Iver Heath Infant and Nursery School are seeking to appoint highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals to work with the Governors and Leadership team to take the school to the next stage of development.
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 your local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment.
There is no requirement for you to have an understanding of the education system, just the necessary skills, character and time to contribute. There is plenty of training available to help you learn about education. Schools needs and benefit from a range of professional knowledge on their governing board including education, finance, human resources, legal, marketing and public relations, property and estates management, and organisational change.
As a governor or trustee, 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 in to decision-making in the interests of the school community
The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools. It has three key functions:
· Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
· Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
· Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
Governors set the aims and objectives for the school or group of schools and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher.
· Appointing and performance reviewing the head teacher, including making decisions about pay
· Managing budgets and supporting decisions on how money is spent
· Engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community
· Sitting on panels and making decisions about things like pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary
· Addressing a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, staff workload and teacher recruitment
· Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the school
Governors must be prepared to adopt the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. Governors should also be committed to their role and to young people; confident in having courageous conversations; curious with an enquiring mind; able to challenge the status quo to improve things; collaborative to build strong relationships; critical to improve their own work and that of the board; and creative in problem solving and being innovative.
Iver Heath Infant School and Nursery is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all. All Governors will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS clearance and will be required to complete training to support the role.
If you would like to find out more or request an application form, please contact the school office in to arrange a discussion with the Headteacher or a Governor.