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Governance Professional and Clerk to the Governors - Part-time

Amherst School, Sevenoaks

  • Ref:KCC886-2141-254S
  • Posted:09/06/2024
  • Pay:Kent Range 6
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:07/07/2024 at 08:30
  • Interviews:TBC


We are looking to appoint a committed, flexible and highly organised person to provide a full clerking service to our Board of Governors and to advise on good practice and compliance with its statutory and regulatory requirements.  This role if for approximately 175 hours per year.  The full time equivalent pay is Kent Range 6 £25,127 - £26,383, which equates to £2,546 - £2,673.

Key duties include:

  • Drafting meeting agendas, distributing papers and minuting meetings;
  • Convening meetings and ensuring they are quorate, inclusive and well structured;
  • Receiving correspondence on behalf of the Governing Body and ensuring necessary and appropriate action is taken;
  • Acting as Company Secretary to the academy trust, maintaining accurate and timely records in accordance with legal requirements and keeping statutory registers and filing returns up to date;
  • Advising on legal duties, governing best practice and compliance with constitutional requirements, statutory guidance and policies;
  • Building professional working relationships with the chair, the Board and school leaders;
  • Communicating on board matters outside of meetings;
  • Advising on governor CPD and accessing external advice as appropriate; and
  • Attending termly briefings and participating in professional development opportunities to keep up to date with current educational developments and legislation affecting school governance.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Hold a relevant clerking qualification, such as a Certificate in the Clerking of School and Academy Governing Boards
  • Liaise confidently with school stakeholders and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Have experience of organising meetings, writing agendas and accurate concise
  • Minutes;
  • Demonstrate a high level of computer literacy, especially word processing and data base software;
  • Work efficiently and accurately under pressure;
  • Be a person of integrity who demonstrates an absolute commitment to confidentiality;
  • Be comfortable working on their own initiative, have good time management skills and be able to prioritise and work to deadlines;
  • Keep accurate records, retrieve and disseminate information to the Governing Board and relevant partners;
  • Be committed to professional development to maintain knowledge and improve practice; and
  • Have the capacity to work flexible hours.

Amherst School is committed to supporting our staff through excellent CPD opportunities. We are looking for candidates with drive and commitment to develop and improve their skills and knowledge.

Amherst School 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 to the Disclosure and Barring Service and check against the ISA barred list for children.

Visits to the school prior to application are welcome.  Please call the School Office on 01732 452577 to arrange.

Information about the school

Amherst School is a three-form entry junior school in Sevenoaks. The majority of our children transfer from Riverhead Infants School.

Our Ofsted inspection in May 2022 reported that:

Amherst School is a warm and welcoming community where leaders do whatever it takes to help every child flourish. Pupils love their time at school, not least because of the enormous range of opportunities on offer.

Pupils describe the school as a special place to be. This environment helps pupils to become remarkably confident and self-assured. Their exceptional behaviour and attitudes reflect the school’s values of trust, kindness, determination, politeness, fairness and cooperation.

Leaders have planned a broad and varied curriculum. Pupils develop a love of learning due to engaging experiences within and beyond the school.

Leaders maximise their impact through the way they inspire, motivate and develop others.

Without exception, staff say that the headteacher is considerate of their workload and well-being.

Governors are part of the school’s open and honest culture. They provide robust challenge to the leaders, which leaders listen to and act upon. Governors know the school well and are right to have confidence in its leadership.

Should a suitable candidate apply, we reserve the right to close the advertisement at an earlier date. Early applications are welcome.

Job Contact Information

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.