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Local Governing Body Governors - Casual

Barton Court Academy Trust

  • Ref:KCC-F85-20-S
  • Posted:09/10/2023
  • Pay:Voluntary
  • Start Date:ASAP
  • App Close Date:31/12/2023 at 09:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Local Governing Body Governors

Barton Court Academy Trust (BCAT) is recruiting Governors (Voluntary Work) for each Local Governing Body of its three Schools:

The Charles Dickens School (Broadstairs, Thanet)
Barton Manor School (Canterbury)
Barton Court Grammar School (Canterbury)

You don’t need any special qualifications, all we ask for is:

The right attitude;
A willingness to share and develop your existing experience and skills;
Time to take on the commitment.

What does a Governor do?

The Local Governing Body of each school plays a critical role in a school’s success and the success of its students. 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.

What skills are we looking for?

We are recruiting Governors with experience and skills in:

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

What is the 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: an induction programme run by the NGA, annual online 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

If you feel the role of 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

In line with KCSIE 2023 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 interview stage.

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 Childre

Information about the federation

BCAT Mission Statement

BCAT provides aspirational educational opportunities in all its academies to improve the life chances of its children and young people; delivered through strong partnerships between staff, students and parents that share our core values of excellence and equity.

Barton Court Academy Trust consists of 3 secondary schools • Barton Court Grammar School (The Lead School) • The Charles Dickens School (joined on 1 March 2017) • BCAT Free School, Barton Manor School, opened in September 2022

BCAT VALUES Achievement Challenge High Aspiration Independent thinkers Equality Valued Excellence

We place the child first in all that we do and to all that we aspire. We are uncompromising in our desire to sustain improvement, deliver on standards and provide an outstanding educational experience for all. We are forward looking, equipping our young people with the skills, knowledge and aptitude to succeed but also strive to instil traditional values of hard work, resilience and respect for others. Despite the complexity of MAT organisation we remain in agreement with Professor Hargreaves (Self Improving School Systems, National College for School Leadership) who stated “Great classrooms make Great Schools” and Great schools therefore make a Great Trust. We are a school-based Trust that agree with this simple, yet profound statement.

Job Contact Information

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



Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

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.