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Chair of Governors - Part-time

Pluckley CEP School, Ashford

  • Ref:KCC886-3142-50S
  • Posted:20/02/2024
  • Pay:Volunteer
  • Start Date:TBC
  • App Close Date:19/03/2024 at 12:00
  • Interviews:TBC


We are looking for a Chair to lead the Local Governing Body for Pluckley C of E Village Primary. The ideal candidate will be someone with strategic-level experience, gained in any sector, who is passionate about the role that education can play in changing the lives of young people.

Role Specification

A key feature of local governance at TKAT are the Local Governing Bodies (LGBs).  While TKAT's Board of Trustees oversees the management and administration as a whole, LGBs provide Trustees with an independent local voice. They combine a passion to make a difference with common sense and a unique perspective. This means their challenge and support compliments how the Board holds schools to account. They have the flexibility to structure and organise themselves in ways that best benefit their community and stakeholders. The LGB’s responsibilities are set out in a Scheme of Delegation which is available here.

The specific tasks and responsibilities of Local Governing Bodies can be summarised as follows:

Represent the Academies' local communities and stakeholders by ensuring that the Academy’s policies and practice meet the community’s needs

Ensure that the Academy’s long-term vision reflects the needs of their communities beyond current post-holders and is in line with TKAT’s vision and values

Support the Directors of Education to improve Academies' outcome

Support the Headteacher to ensure staffing is efficient and effective#

Person specification

The Trust is open to candidates with a range of different backgrounds. The role would suit someone who has operated at a strategic-level in their executive career, who understands the difference between governance and management, and has the interpersonal skills and confidence required to lead the Board. Previous Chair or School Governor experience is welcome, but not essential.  Above all, the appointed individual must embody TKAT's values and be a champion for the Trust's high quality, aspirational educational programme.

Terms of appointment

The Chair will be appointed on a four year term, which is renewable. There are six Board meetings per year for the school which take place on-site. The LGB also has one or two Sub-Committees, which the Chair may decide to sit on. Occasional school visits and attendance at regular and ad hoc events is expected and encouraged. 

About TKAT

The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT) is one of the largest Multi-Academy Trusts in the South & East of England with 45 Primary and Secondary Academies in the TKAT Family. Our ultimate aim is to ensure we drive educational standards through the provision of outstanding teaching, leadership and learning for all. Within the #oneTKATfamily, the shared and common purpose is to work together as a community of schools to ensure that every child, whatever their background, receives a high quality education. We place a high value on collaboration; ‘achieving more together’, giving staff the opportunity to come together and learn, ensuring a shared sense of purpose across our network and by sharing expertise across the TKAT family.





Information about the school

Pluckley Church of England Primary is part of The Kemnal Academies Trust. We are are small friendly school located in the heart of our village.

We are committed to building a culture where our values are evident in our everyday working, where respect and care for each other underpin our aspiration as an organisation.

Our motivation is to ensure all children can access the same opportunities and experiences whilst proudly celebrating their unique differences and backgrounds.

We are proud to have a workforce that has a shared belief of our purpose and values and one in which our staff, as well as our pupils, continue to thrive.

At Pluckley we believe that all children thrive in an environment in which they are happy, challenged and secure: secure in the knowledge they are safe and cared for; challenged to achieve their best; and happy in the knowledge they are each appreciated for their individuality and their achievements.

As a church school, we put Christian teachings and values at the heart of everything we do.

Children at Pluckley Church of England Primary School are encouraged to value:

Respect, by valuing the diversity, rights and property of others

Endeavour, by striving to achieve our best and also valuing the achievements of others

Friendship, by showing consideration to others

Leadership, by understanding that we are all leaders of our own learning

Enjoyment, through active involvement in school life and making the most of our opportunities

Cooperation, by working together appropriately to achieve our aims

Trust, by having faith and confidence in each other to guide us on our journey together

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Lorraine Smith
  • Address:Pluckley Church Of England Primary School, The Street, Pluckley, Ashford, Kent, TN27 0QS
  • Telephone: 01233 840422
  • Email: hrhubteam3@tkat.org
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 Education.