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Governance Professional/Clerk to the Governing Body - Part-time

Dartford Grammar School, Dartford

  • Ref:KCC886-5406-328S
  • Posted:24/01/2023
  • Pay:Salary: £30,485 (fte)/£3,045 (pro rata) per annum
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:20/02/2023 at 09:00
  • Interviews:TBC


POST:                                    Governance Professional, Term Time Only (39 weeks) + 5 INSET Days (pro rata)

GRADE:                                £30,485 (fte)/£3,045 (pro rata) per annum, 4 hours per week to include approximately 20 hours clerking 10 meetings throughout the year

START DATE:                      ASAP

RESPONSIBLE TO:             Governing Body


The Governing Body (of 18 and 3 associate governors) seeks a professional to provide an efficient, helpful service enabling it to fulfil its duties effectively.

The successful candidate will be largely based in the school administration office (with some opportunity to work flexibly), and work with the Chair of the Governing Body and of the sub-committees and with the Head to: 

  • prepare the agenda for and take minutes at each meeting (10 throughout the year), publishing them to governors.
  • ensure that briefing papers are completed in time for circulation well before meetings.
  • advise the governing body on procedural issues and the background to agenda items.
  • ensure meeting rooms are booked, video calls arranged, as required, and refreshments provided.
  • complete a regular skills audit of governors, recruiting appropriate new governors and contributing to their induction.
  • arrange and document training of governors and their visits to the school.
  • maintain accurate records of meetings, attendance and membership, business interests of governors, including noting updates on the DfE websites and preparing governance files for an Ofsted inspection.
  • complete such other tasks as may be determined by the Chair of the Governing Body or the Head.

The successful candidate will:

  • maintain confidentiality and uphold public trust in Dartford Grammar School and the education profession, keeping high standards of ethics and behaviour.
  • have considerable interest in education and wish to work as part of a collaborative team to ensure the school’s effective governance, developing effective professional relationships.
  • be able to communicate effectively and efficiently orally and in writing, with fine note-taking, minute-taking and appropriate ICT skills. Minutes should capture support and challenge, as appropriate and record agreed actions.
  • demonstrate very good skills of organisation and work to tight deadlines.
  • respect individual differences and cultural diversity, showing highly-developed qualities of tact and discretion.
  • maintain an up-to-date knowledge of educational matters, building on personal skills, and reflecting on and learning from practice and experience.
  • take part in an annual appraisal process. 

The current Governance Professional to the Governing Body and the Head’s PA are available to ensure a smooth handover

Information about the school

Dartford Grammar School is a selective academy for boys, admitting girls to its sixth form. There are six forms of entry in each year group and all of the students joining the school are from the top 25% of the ability range. The students come from Dartford, neighbouring towns and villages, and nearby London boroughs. The current roll is 1,516 including 598 in the sixth form.

Job Contact Information

Fax: 01322 291426


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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.