Chair of Governors

  • Pack Ln, Oakley, Basingstoke, UK
  • Contract
  • Service type: MAT School
  • Department: The Coppice Spring Academy
  • Contractual type: Unpaid

Company Description

The Catch22 Multi Academies Trust is the vehicle for our sponsorship of an expanding number of academies focusing on learners who can benefit from small, supportive alternative education provision.

Academy sponsorship is about using partnerships to provide specific expertise and skills to enhance standards. Catch22, with our existing wide experience of alternative education & SEMH provision, brings a focus on academic and behavioural improvement leading to positive destinations at the end of Year 11, infrastructure support, improvement to pastoral provision and greater focus on preparing young people for the world of work.

We look to increase access to one to one and mentoring opportunities through a mixture of off-site and extra curricular events in order to improve the self-esteem and self-confidence of learners. We also implement speech and language development programmes.

We offer a full national curriculum as well as a nurturing environment  and vocational subjects for older students. We have high aspirations for all learners, with an expectation that all secondary learners will work toward achieving at least five GCSEs.

Job Description

The Chair of Governors role is voluntary and the key requirement is to lead the work of the Governing Body in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school by:

  • Supporting the Academy’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;

Key Responsibilities

As part of the Governing Body team, the Chair is expected to: 

1.    Lead on, and contribute to the strategic discussions at governing body meetings which determine:

  • clear & ambitious strategic priorities and targets
  • that all children, have access to a broad and balanced curriculum;
  • the school’s staffing structure and key staffing policies;

2.    Hold the senior leaders to account by monitoring the school’s performance; this includes:

  • agreeing the outcomes from the school’s self-evaluation and ensuring they are used to inform the priorities in the school development plan;
  • considering all relevant data and feedback on all aspects of school performance;
  • asking challenging questions of school leaders;
  • ensuring senior leaders have adapted the required Catch22 policies and procedures and that the school is operating effectively according to those policies;
  • acting as a link governor on a specific issue, making relevant enquiries of the relevant staff, and reporting to the governing body on the progress on the relevant school priority;
  • listening to and reporting to the school’s stakeholders: pupils, parents, staff, and the wider community, including local employers.

3.    Ensure the school staff have the resources and support they require to do their jobs well, including the necessary expertise on effective appraisal and CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and monitor the impact of these resources.

4.    When required, assist the MAT in matters such as; 

  • appointing the Headteacher and other senior leaders;
  • involvement with staff grievances and disciplinary matters;
  • hearing appeals about pupil exclusions.

5.    Liaise with the Clerk to the LGB in ensuring that;

  • agendas and relevant papers are circulated to the LGB at least a week before the next meeting
  • meetings are conducted in accordance with the MAT Scheme of Delegation and Terms of Reference
  • accurate minutes are produced for each meeting, with a summary of actions required and by whom
  • Annual Returns including Register of Interests, Meeting Attendance and LGB Skills Audits are completed and submitted within 1 month of year end.
     

6.    In order to perform this role well, a Chair of Governors is expected to: 

  • get to know the school, including by visiting the school occasionally during school hours, and gain a good understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses;
  • attend induction training and regular relevant training and development events;
  • attend LGB meetings and read all the papers before the meeting;
  • act in the best interest of all the pupils of the school;
  • behave in a professional manner, as set down in the governing body’s code of conduct, including acting in strict confidence.

Qualifications

Personal Attributes
We are looking for a Chair of Governors that can provide the following key skills & areas of expertise; governors should have experience in at least some of these areas.
•    Experience of organisational leadership (essential for the Chair)
•    Performance Management in the context of outcomes and progression
•    Safeguarding
•    Educational delivery in an AP, SEMH, ASD and/or mainstream context
•    Financial Management and Fund Raising
•    Human Resource Management, including staff development
•    Knowledge of the local area, including the labour market

Additional Information

This is an unpaid role.

Under usual circumstances, as an estimate, you should expect to spend the equivalent of 20 days a year on your governing responsibilities. Under Section 50 of the Employment Rights Act 1996, if you are employed, then you are entitled to ‘reasonable time off’ to undertake public duties; this includes school governance. ‘Reasonable time off’ is not defined in law, and you will need to negotiate with your employer how much time you will be allowed.

Catch22 is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post.  Any offer of employment will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

 

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