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Clerk To The Governors - Part-time

Fordcombe CEP School, Tunbridge Wells

  • Ref:KCC886-3313-64S
  • Posted:27/11/2018
  • Pay:£9.36 per hour
  • Start Date:Jan 2019
  • App Close Date:17/12/2018 at 12:00
  • Interviews:Monday 7th January 2019, am


We have an exciting clerking opportunity at Fordcombe Primary School, part of the Tenax Schools Trust. 

We are seeking to appoint a capable and well-organised administrator to provide clerking support to our Local Governing Body across the Trust’s growing portfolio. This is a part-time position paid monthly on the basis of the hours of work undertaken. The demands of the job will be variable from month to month. The work is term-time only.

Reporting to the Clerk to the Trustees, and working closely with the school’s Headteacher and Chair of Local Governing Body, the successful candidate will play a vital role in meeting the administrative and procedural requirements of boards and enabling efficient and effective discussion and decision making.

The Tenax School Trust in a multi-academy trust, and each school within the Trust has a Local Governing Body (LGB) with delegated responsibilities.  Each LGB must appoint a clerk to ensure its efficient functioning. 

At Fordcombe, board meetings tend to be held six times a year in the evening and last approx. 2 hours - dates are set well in advance. There may be further meetings held during the year, such as extra-ordinary LGB meetings or meetings of Committee Panels.  In addition to preparing for, and attending the Board meetings, administrative duties such as photocopying and filing will be carried out during school hours. Whilst some home working is possible (writing up minutes, etc.) other duties are generally carried out at the school address. The hours for this role will vary per month dependent on whether there has been a meeting to attend.  The approximate number of working hours is 12 per board meeting plus 1-2 hours administration per week.  In general, no work will be required during school holidays.

You will be a dedicated person of integrity, extremely well organised, flexible and be able to maintain confidentiality. Strong administration and organisation skills are essential, as is a keen eye for detail, ability to work to deadlines, and excellent written and oral communication skills. A commitment to the aims and ethos of Tenax is important.  Previous experience of governance may be advantageous although training will be provided on the specific duties and functions of a clerk for the Tenax Schools Trust.

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of the post before applying, please do not hesitate to contact Christopher Blackburn – Headteacher, by telephone: 01892 740224 or by email to headteacher@fordcombe.kent.sch.uk.

Applications should be submitted online using the Kent Teach application. No CVs will be accepted.

Further details are included in the job description.

The Tenax Schools Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  All posts are subject to vetting checks and a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.


Information about the school

Fordcombe is a rural primary school set in the heart of the Kent countryside. It has up to 105 pupils on-site with approximately 15 pupils per year group. On entry, pupils are fortunate enough to spend their first year in a reception class with 15 classmates. There are three mixed-age classes in Key Stage 1 and 2 with roughly 30 pupils in each.

Graded as Good in our last Ofsted inspection, pupils attitudes to learning, their behaviour around the school and the vibrancy and diversity of our curriculum were all picked out as real strengths. We have been graded as Outstanding in our last Church school inspection with the relationships between staff, pupils and parents highlighted as key positive areas, along with the opportunities all staff have to lead areas of the curriculum.

We have an enthusiastic and welcoming staff team who is committed to seeing the school achieve the best for its pupils. We believe the induction of new staff members is key, and have training opportunities available both in school and in the local cluster of schools in order to support initial practice. We have a very supportive parent body that have funded the development of our library and improvements in our music curriculum. We are part of the Tenax multi-academy trust, and also the Sevenoaks Partnership of Schools, benefitting from the close links with other local schools in both networks. We are looking for someone who is willing to join our small and dedicated team, working alongside other staff to continue learning and continue moving learning forward.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mr C Blackburn
  • Address:Fordcombe CEP School, The Green, Fordcombe, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 0RY
  • Telephone: (01892) 740224
  • Email: office@fordcombe.kent.sch.uk

Fax: Same


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Our School and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.