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School Governor Vacancies

17 October 2019

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Several governors at Gt Barton Primary Academy are coming to the end of their terms of office at Christmas, so we will shortly have up to six vacancies on the school governing body for new governors: two or three of these are open to parent governors and the rest to members of the community who might have an interest in school governance, known as appointed governors.

Do you have time to visit the school to observe lessons and to attend meetings out-of-hours? If so, have you ever considered being a governor at the school? It’s an enjoyable way of making the school a better place and understanding why it runs the way it does – it may also give you useful skills to add to your CV. Some employers allow time off for community activity such as this.

Did you know you don’t have to be a parent to be a governor? Do you have friends or relations who you think would make a great school governor? It creates a really good blend if we have governors with links to the wider community or who can bring specific professional skills or experience. Do you, perhaps, know any retired teachers interested in staying engaged in education?

If you know of anybody interested in becoming a parent or appointed governor please ask them contact  Mrs Ratley (via the school office or claire.ratley@greatbarton.suffolk.sch.uk). Mrs Ratley  will happily talk through how governance works with any potential volunteers and provide a tour of the school if needed for anyone unfamiliar with it. All candidates for appointed governors shall be invited to meet a panel of governors in advance of any recommendation for appointment to consider the skills, attributes and commitment required to be an effective governor. Depending on how many applications are received, it is  hoped to have elected/appointed new governors by the end of term (subject to references and DBS checks for safeguarding purposes).