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Forest Moor School – Co-opted Governor Vacancy

Would you like to have the chance to make a real difference to the lives of youngsters with social emotional and mental health needs and contribute to the development of our school?

We are currently seeking a volunteer to join our Governing Body as a co-opted governor.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to help our school continue its journey towards becoming a good school and to be part of shaping the future for our children. We would particularly like to recruit someone who has experience in education, so if you feel that you have skills or knowledge in this area, we would very much like to hear from you.

The main responsibilities of governors are to:

  • ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • support the Headteacher;
  • monitor the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure that its money is well spent.

You can find out more about the school and the role of school governor on these websites:

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: “How will I manage to give enough time to the role?"
A: Average monthly commitment is 10 – 12 hours per month during school term. This will allow you to attend the full governing body meetings, participate in one or two of the groups that support the governing body, and do the necessary preparatory reading. If you are in employment, under employment law, employers must give employees who are school governors 'reasonable time off' to carry out their duties, however, they do not have to give time off with pay. The ideal commitment to being a governor is 4 years, but as a volunteer and if your circumstances change, you can resign or be re-elected.

Q: “What qualifications and experience will I need?”
A: Governors do not need to have any specific qualifications or educational experience. However, each governor completes a skills audit enabling the governing body to understand whether training is required, in order for governors to fulfil their statutory responsibilities. Specialised training is available for new governors and there are a number of specific training sessions provided by governor support services within the Local Authority to ensure individual governors have the skills they need. They include ‘getting started’, safer recruitment, introduction to special needs, a governor’s role in school improvement, understanding data and understanding school finance. It can
be a bit daunting, but it is to be hoped that you will be introduced to your colleagues by the Chair at the start of the meetings and that the climate of the meeting will be such that you feel able to comment or contribute – even if it is by asking for something to be clarified. Don’t assume that everyone else understands everything!

Q: I’m still not sure, where should I go for more information?”
A: In addition to the websites already mentioned, the Chair, Vice Chair or Headteacher will always be happy to answer any questions you may have about becoming a Governor at Forest Moor.
If you are interested in meeting us and finding out more, please contact the school by email or telephone: 01423 779232 to arrange to call in for an informal chat. We hope to hear from you soon.
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