New Governors Wanted
Would you be interested in joining the Governing Body at Beths? Being a Governor is very enjoyable and rewarding. You would help to set the strategic direction, vision and ethos of the school, support the school in raising standards and help students to achieve their full potential. We currently have vacancies in the following areas:
A vacancy for a Parent Governor has just arisen and a letter explaining the application process will be sent out to all parents at the beginning of the autumn term. Parent Governors are elected by other parents and bring a very valuable perspective to the work of the Governing Body. Please take time over the summer to consider whether you might be interested in this role - any parent/carer with a son or daughter registered at the school can apply. Further information will be sent out next term, but if you have any questions in the meantime, please do contact me via the school office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In addition, we need to recruit two Appointed Governors. These Governors do not have to be parents (although they may be) and are appointed by the Academy Trust for the particular skills that they can bring to the Governing Body. At the moment we are keen to appoint Governors with a background in educational performance/school improvement, finance or law. If you have any of these particular skills, or you know someone who does, and might be interested, please contact me via the school office.
What being a Governor means
The full Governing Body meets four times a year and Governors usually sit on at least one committee, which involves a further three or four meetings a year. Meetings are normally held in the early evening. Some Governors also take on special responsibilities such as safeguarding or health and safety, or take an interest in a particular subject area and are linked to the relevant department. Governors are also encouraged to take part in visits to the school and attend events which will help them to experience and understand how the school operates.
The role of Governor is entirely voluntary. Many employers will support staff wanting to become Governors, recognising the opportunity this provides to develop skills, by allowing time off work for Governing Body duties. Nobody expects you to know everything about being a Governor when you are appointed. You will receive support from existing Governors and the clerk, be assigned a Governor ‘buddy’ and benefit from the excellent support and training programme run by Bexley Council (courses are held during the day and evenings).
We are keen to invite applications from people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.