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Local Governing Body Member - Casual

Barton Court Grammar School, Canterbury

  • Ref:KCC886-5444-268S
  • Posted:05/07/2022
  • Pay:N/A
  • Start Date:ASAP
  • App Close Date:18/07/2022 at 09:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Local Governing Body Member

The Trust

Barton Court Academy Trust (BCAT) is a multi-academy Trust which was established in 2017.

It currently consists of two secondary schools: Barton Court Grammar School, an 11-18 years, mixed selective school in the heart of Canterbury, rated “Good” with many outstanding features by Ofsted in February 2020, and The Charles Dickens School, an 11-16 years mixed non-selective school in Broadstairs, which came out of special measures and is rated “Requires Improvement” by Ofsted in June 2019 and is a rapidly improving school.

The Trust is also opening Barton Manor Free School, an 11–18 years non-selective mixed school in the heart of Canterbury on the former Chaucer School site in September 2022 to Year 7.

What does an LGB Governor do?

The role of LGB Governor is a voluntary one, requiring a high degree of commitment and confidentiality. It is a thinking and questioning role, not a "doing" role. Governors are responsible for ensuring that the vision, ethos and strategic direction are implemented and are responsible for holding the Headteacher and senior leaders to account for the performance of the School.

Contribute to the strategic discussions at LGB meetings.
Hold senior leaders to account by monitoring the School's performance.
Ensure the school staff have the resources and support they require to do their jobs well and that the way in which those resources are used has impact.
When required, to serve on panels with Directors of the Trust.
Attending the Local Governing Body Meetings regularly.
Attend briefings/training events run by KCC.

What skills are we looking for?

Dealing with colleagues at all levels;
Ability to challenge constructively and help find solutions;
An appreciation of the value of education.

Time Commitment

6 meetings a year, each lasting approximately 2 hours, there is an expectation to have read’ documents sent in advance for the meeting
Monitoring Visits in school 2-3 times per year
Governor professional development which includes, but not exclusive to, annual online Governor training to include Safeguarding, Prevent and GDPR and a governor training event 1 x ½ day in the year
Invitation to school events on an ad-hoc non-compulsory basis.

What are the benefits of becoming an LGB Governor?

Professional development through a range of training courses;
Being able to take skills back to the workplace: reading and interpreting data, understanding the curriculum and making sure resources are used effectively and efficiently are just a few of the areas involved;
Building relationships through a network of professional local people;
Gaining an insight into how schools operate and identifying other ways that business can become more involved;
Knowing that you are doing something very worthwhile for your community.
If you feel the role of LGB Governor is one that you could contribute to, then please send your CV and a brief personal statement giving information about your skills to clerk@bartoncourt.org

Deadline for applications is Monday 18 July 2022 @ 9am

The Barton Court Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure application via the Disclosure & Barring Service and check against the ISA Barred List for Children.

Information about the school

Barton Court Grammar School is an 11-18 years, selective, co-educational, Grammar school in Canterbury, Kent. The School is highly popular and is oversubscribed.

Mission Statement (Support, Inspire, Achieve)

“At Barton Court Grammar school students are supported, inspired and challenged to achieve their very best in all that they do in order to reach their full potential and academic excellence. Students develop into independent and resilient learners who ae able to succeed in an ever-changing and technological world. When they leave Barton Court, students are articulate, confident and principled young people who have made a positive contribution to their school and the wider community.”

The School has an excellent reputation in the local community and was recognised by Ofsted under the new demanding Ofsted framework, in February 2020, as Good with outstanding features in Leadership & Management, Personal Development and Behaviour & Attitudes. It is an extremely exciting time to be joining the School; the School appointed a new Headteacher in January 2020 to work with the Executive Headteacher on the next phase of the School’s development.

Our focus is on achieving excellence in all that we do to support outstanding outcomes for all our students. This is evident in the way our community of students, parents, staff and governors all work together to provide an engaging learning environment so that each student thrives and achieves their full potential.

Subjects across the School benefit from having a team of highly competent and charismatic middle leaders. Exciting and innovative teaching is enabled by the scaffolding of colleagues’ skills through comprehensive continuous professional development which encompasses everything from bespoke workshops to the opportunity to observe colleagues, including our Leadership Team. Entirely committed to education, our facilities are second to none and include a shared Sports Hall and gym with Canterbury Christ Church University, a new block built in January 2018 which consists of 7 new Mathematics classrooms, 3 state-of-the-art Science Laboratories, new Kitchen/Servery and Canteen.

Excellence in teaching and learning is at the heart of our school. In February 2021 the School was re-accredited for the 2nd time as an Advanced Thinking School in recognition of the outstanding work we do in cognitive education. A Thinking School is “A learning community in which all members share a common language; where thinking strategies and tools are used across the curriculum and teachers and students have sound understanding of metacognition; where all students are developing and demonstrating independent and cooperative learning skills; where the school generates high levels of achievement and an excitement and enthusiasm for learning” (Thinking Matters) We are extremely proud to be the only Thinking School in Canterbury and East Kent and one of a few Advanced Thinking Schools in the UK.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Roberta Light
  • Address:Longport, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1PH
  • Telephone: 01227 464600
  • Email: rlight@bartoncourt.org

Fax: 01227 781399


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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).