Symondsbury Church of England VA Primary School

The Church of England

Foundation Governor Vacancy

Symondsbury CE VA Primary School is looking for new Foundation Governors – and we need the skills and experience of people from our community.

Our school vision is ‘You, me, us and everyone – we are a school that believe we have the power to change the world!’ Our governors play a huge part in that. Come and help us make our world a better one!

School governors are volunteers who work together with the Headteacher to make sure our pupils get the best out of their education and their school, receiving the best opportunities to learn in an environment in which they feel happy and secure.

Governors cover a huge range of issues, from deciding what kind of school we want to be and thinking about how we want it to get there, to setting school policies and making sure money is spent on the right things.

We are looking for Foundation Governors, who are committed to making sure our children develop both academically and spiritually within a distinctive Christian ethos.

We need enthusiastic individuals from all walks of life that can that bring different skills, experience and perspectives to the table. Governing Boards that are diverse make the best decisions. And you don’t need to have any previous experience of being a governor!

Maybe you have experience in finance, IT, building – or any other skill sets which would benefit our school team. As a Foundation Governor you are required to have strong links with a church, but you don’t need to be an expert in education!

What do governors do?

Working as part of a governance team, your role would be:

  • to support the school in preserving and developing its Christian ethos
  • to promote the continuous improvement of the school by monitoring and reviewing the school’s policies, targets, performance and strategic direction
  • to oversee the financial performance of the school
  • to support and challenge school leaders.

We can provide you with any training you may need.

What is expected of me?
Our Governing Body usually meet together once or twice a term. Meetings are being carried out on online platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic, until it is safe to meet together again in schools. We also hold regular committee meetings that focus on certain areas (for example, curriculum or finance) and have governors who focus on certain areas of work (for example, Special Educational Needs). You will also be expected to carry out school visits, although this type of monitoring is being approached differently at the moment. The amount of hours varies from week to week, but you should expect to spend around 10 days per year on regular duties and then also join us for celebrations, fab finishes and performances!

What’s in it for me?
You will meet new people, develop skills and learn more about how schools work. Above all, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have made a real difference to the development of our children, our school and the community.

If you are interested in finding out more about the role of a Foundation Governor at Symondsbury CE VA Primary School, we’d love to hear from you!

Please contact the School Office for further information on office@symondsbury.dorset.sch.uk

You can also visit our school website, www.symondsbury.dorset.sch.uk for more information on the school, staff and governor roles.

We really look forward to hearing from you…