Governors in academies and schools are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.
The role of the Academy Governing Board (AGB) is absolutely key to the effectiveness of our academies. Time and time again Ofsted has noted that the most effective academies and schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including the academy board.
The AGB is responsible for a wide range of matters, with three core functions:
Being an academy governor is a hugely rewarding form of voluntary work. It offers the opportunity to make a real contribution to the education of our younger generation right at the cutting edge.
In return for the commitment that all our governors make, they benefit from:
Governors offer their time voluntarily. In terms of time commitment, becoming a governor of an academy will mean that you ‘sign up’ for a period of two years.
Each year you will be expected to attend at least six meetings per annum, and additionally sit on one committee which take place three times per year. All meetings usually take place in the late afternoon or early evening.
All governors are usually linked to a faculty or specialism, drawing on their own experience or knowledge forming a close link and becoming more involved with its activities. As part of their role link governors are often expected to arrange a visit once per term, and provide a short report for the board.
AGB’s within our multi-academy trust consist of governors from all walks of life, falling into one of a number of categories; parent governors (also open to grandparents and foster carers), staff governors and governors appointed by the Trust.
To be eligible as a governor you must be over 18 years of age and not have been declared bankrupt. There are no particular qualifications or requirements other than a willingness to give time to the role, a capacity for working with other people and a desire to ensure that all children receive the best possible outcomes. However, at times we may specifically look to recruit governors with particular skill sets (eg Finance or HR) according to a governor audit.
Any particular skills or experience will be utilised wherever relevant, to enable the academy to benefit from this knowledge for the benefit of our pupils, students, staff and community.
Applications are welcome at any time, whether we have a vacancy or not. You can complete one of our nomination forms, which is attached to this web page, and return it to the address on the form.
If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a governor within one of our academies, please contact us to find out more about how to apply. Please speak to Helen Young, Trust Executive Assistant on email: HYoung@legereducationtrust.com