School Governor
Star Academies - West Yorkshire

Job reference: 000188

Closing Date: 31/08/2019

Salary: Unremunerated/Voluntary

Contract Term: Temporary

Contract Type: School Governor

Phase/Establishment Type: Primary

Hours Per Week: Variable

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

We're looking for School Governors for our West Yorkshire Star Partnership

The role of a Star Academies Governor is a serious yet extremely rewarding duty.  Our Local Governing Bodies play an essential role in supporting the school and holding its leadership to account.

School Governors come from all walks of life and are able to bring a mixture of skills and experience to the role.  It is an opportunity to use your existing professional and intellectual skills in a new setting, many people do not realise that the everyday skills from their personal and professional life can add huge value to a school.  Volunteering as a school Governor is a great way to make a valuable contribution to a local school and be inspired by the impact of education.

What do Governors do?

Governors sit on the school’s Local Governing Body and work with the Principal. They are responsible for the strategic goals while the Principal implements those goals and manages the school from day to day. The Local Governing Body:

  • serves as the key link between the school, parents/carers and the local community.
  • champions the work of the school with the local community.
  • advises the Principal and Senior Leadership Team as they plan the development of the school and represent the views of the school and local community within decision making.
  • assists in the delivery of Trust policies and procedures.
  • provides challenging but positive and proactive support on education and operational school matters to the Principal.
  • works in collaboration with the Star Central Team on issues relating to strategic development, education and business operation of the school.
  • challenges extremism and promote fundamental British Values.
  • discharges duties on Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Inclusion.
  • ensures the delivery of Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) Projects in the community.

How do I become a Governor?

Anyone aged 18 or over can be a Governor. You do not need to have children or be a parent of a child at the school. You will need to be able to commit an average of 10-15 hours per term to the role, and if appointed your term of office would be four years, although should your circumstances change, as a volunteer, you can resign.  Meetings are normally held in the evenings, although you will be expected to make visits to the school which will be during the day.

Governors play a key role in leading, supporting and improving schools, and becoming one can be a rewarding experience.

Please note that the position is not remunerated.  Meetings of the Local Governing Body will normally be held in the evening and there will be at least four meetings in the Academic Year.  School Governors are like magistrates or members of a jury and therefore have the right to reasonable time off work, which may be unpaid, for their public duties.  Before you put yourself forward you should talk to your employer.  An employer can refuse a request for time off if they think it is unreasonable.

About Star Academies

Star Academies is a mixed Multi-Academy Trust that runs a diverse network of primary and secondary schools. We are a values-based organisation, committed to enhancing social mobility. All our efforts are geared towards raising the aspirations of children and young people in areas of social and economic deprivation to improve their life chances and help them succeed at the highest levels of education, employment and the professions.

Star Academies is one of the country’s leading education providers, and our schools promote excellence in everything they do.  Our schools work together as Star Partnerships in five cluster areas – Lancashire, Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, the Midlands and London. Schools within the Partnerships collaborate to share expertise and maximise opportunities and experiences for our pupils.

Are you interested?

If this is for you, and if you are interested in becoming a Star Academies Governor, or you would like to find out more about the role we would like to hear from you, by contacting us on 0330 313 9800 or by emailing leaving your details.  We're always looking for people interested in becoming a Governor, so please find out more and get in touch if you’d like to apply.

Star Academies is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff including Governors to share this commitment.  Before your appointment as a Governor is confirmed you will be required to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS).


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