Make a difference - join our governing body

This information gives an overview of an academy governor’s responsibilities.

Governors have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Principal to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Governors are appointed to provide:

  • strong links between the academy and the community we serve
  • a wide experience of the outside world
  • an independent view
  • a focus on long term development and improvement
  • accountability to the community for the use of resources and the standards of teaching and learning within the academy
  • support for the Principal and staff

Governors are expected to:

  • attend meetings of the governing body
  • work as a member of the governing body (not as an individual) in the best interests of the academy
  • show an interest in academy activities
  • become well-informed about education in general and about our academy in particular
  • become familiar with the rules of academy governance
  • keep up to date with changes in education legislation
  • attend training courses, where appropriate

Governors will also be involved in the following activities:

  • senior staff appointments
  • the financial management of the academy
  • pupil discipline
  • the curriculum
  • community links

What we hope you will get out of being a governor:

  • the knowledge that you are helping our students
  • the satisfaction of giving something back to the community
  • a sense of purpose and achievement
  • new skills which may be useful elsewhere
  • broader horizons

What we hope you can offer:

  • time (approximately eight hours a month)
  • a willingness to learn
  • a listening ear and enquiring mind
  • the ability to assimilate information, make judgements and take decisions
  • the ability to work as part of a team

Specific skills / expertise required at the current time

  • Business and Finance

If after reading this you would like to be considered for one of our vacancies, please contact the Clerk to Governors for further information and details of how to apply.

Clerk to Governors: Mrs Jodie Gourlay E-mail:

Name Date  
GB Membership 2016 17 website 9th May 2017 Download >
Register of interest 2016 2017 9th May 2017 Download >
Governance Structure September 2016 8th November 2016 Download >
Governor Attendance 2015 2016 22nd July 2016 Download >

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