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Governor - Casual

The Canterbury Academy Trust

  • Ref:KCC-F83-15-S
  • Posted:26/01/2023
  • Pay:Voluntary
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:20/02/2023 at 09:00
  • Interviews:TBC

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The Board of Directors of The Canterbury Academy Trust is seeking to recruit local governors to join The Canterbury Primary School Local Governing Body (LGB), The Canterbury Academy Secondary Phase, The Canterbury Academy Sixth Form LGB (including a parent representative) or the Youth, Community and Extended Services LGB.

Each Local Governing Body has its own terms of reference/scheme of delegation to work to and meets six times a year, once each term. Meetings tend to be around 2 hours long and papers are shared with you a week in advance for you to read prior to the meeting. Focus at meetings includes progress and attainment, attendance and engagement, student well-being, teaching and learning, community links, extra-curricular activities and funding.

In addition to attendance at meetings, it will be a requirement for you to get to know the school in more depth through visits to the school (these can include pre-arranged meetings with staff through the clerk, attendance at shows, performances and events, attendance at parent forum meetings to hear parents views on the academy) etc. There will be three opportunities throughout the year to visit during raising standards process, where you will have the opportunity to participate in voicing, observe lessons, work scrutiny etc.

The local governing body’s key responsibility is how improvements can be made that will be better for the children and continually improve teaching and learning and supporting the Trust’s commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

As part of induction as a new local governor, other more experienced governors and directors will act as your mentor. Any questions you have outside of meetings can be directed to the clerk, Chair or your mentor.

The Chair of the Local Governing Body will meet with all local governors at least once during an academic year to complete a contribution report, to seek your views on how effective the local governing body is and suggestions for improvement moving forwards and to discuss any training requirements, either as an individual or for the governing body as a team. You will also be invited to take part in a couple of training sessions set up by the Board of Directors during the year.

Why become a local governor?
Volunteers need to be dedicated people who care about improving education, but they do not need prior board experience. The role involves helping set the culture, vision and strategic direction of the school.
We particularly welcome interest from ethnic minorities to further enrich the diversity of our school community.

If you would be interested in being a local governor. Please contact clerk on 01227 463971 or email clerk@canterbury.kent.sch.uk for more information.

Information about the federation

Based in the heart of the historic City of Canterbury, The Canterbury Academy Trust came into existence in October 2010 when schools judged by Ofsted to be ‘outstanding’ were allowed to convert to academy status, benefit from greater freedoms and shape their futures.

Since then The Canterbury Academy Trust has grown and it now provides a variety of services ‘to improve the life chances of children and to help in the community’. These include: City View Pre-School and Nurseries Ltd; a newly built and expanded two form of entry The Canterbury Primary School; a Specialist Resourced Based Provision for primary ASD pupils; The Canterbury Academy, which has expanded to take an additional form of entry; a Specialist Resourced Based Provision for secondary Speech and Language students; The Cullum Centre, in partnership with The National Autistic Society; The Sixth Form, Enterprise and Employability Centre, which includes one of the largest Sixth Forms in Kent; The Canterbury Youth Commission, The Ashford Youth Commission, and area wide Inclusion and Engagement Service and Professional Learning and Community Centre with café.

The Canterbury Academy Trust consists of ‘schools for all the talents’. Our beliefs which underpin and drive all we do are simple. We believe that every learner matters and that every child is good at something – that all children walk with genius – and that school should be the place where children discover and build upon their own individual talents.

We believe in the comprehensive ideal. We believe that all students should be valued. We believe that academic excellence is important but that there are also other important things. We believe that art, music, drama, sport, practical skills, being a good person, caring for and working with others are all valuable. We believe in team work and that all of our students should have pride in themselves and their contribution to their school.

Our aim is to provide ‘as much as possible, as often as possible, for as many as possible’. We believe that education and learning can be fun. At the end of their time with us we aim for all students to leave as happy, positive, confident individuals, proud of what they have achieved, prepared to be life-long learners and ready to play an active and constructive part in society.

The Canterbury Academy Trust are committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A disclosure and Barring Service Certificate will be required for all posts. All posts will be subject to enhanced checks as part of our Prevent Duty. A satisfactory DBS disclosure must be presented to the Academy before any employment can commence. In line with KCSIE guidance, as part of the shortlisting process, The Trust reserves the right to conduct an online search on shortlisted candidates as part of our due diligence and any relevant information found, concerning a candidate's suitability to work with children, will be discussed at the interview stage.

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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). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Legislation.