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Trustees And Local Governors - Part-time

TIMU Academy Trust (Bobbing & Iwade Schools), Sittingbourne

  • Ref:KCC886-2223-25S
  • Posted:06/03/2019
  • Pay:Voluntary role and so is unpaid
  • Start Date:Feb 2019
  • App Close Date:06/03/2019 at 11:00
  • Interviews:TBC

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Have you got what it takes to be a school Governor?

At Timu Academy Trust we are looking for Trust Board Governors (Trustees) and local Governors (known as the Schools Committee). The Trustees oversee the strategic direction of the Trust as a whole whereas the Schools Committee look at the work of the individual schools.

Being a school governor or trustee is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to children, give something back to your local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment.

The Schools Committee is responsible for making sure the schools improve each year. It sets the direction and make sure the schools are meeting their targets, whilst allowing the Executive Principal, the Heads of School and teaching professionals to manage the schools on a day to day basis.

Governors attend meetings where reports about the school's progress are discussed, they test information received by asking questions and make sure the school spends its budget wisely against the priorities shown in the school plan.

What do governors do?

  • Governors work within a structure that gives every governor a role in the governance team
  • learn how the school evaluates its own strengths and weaknesses
  • understand how the weaknesses or areas for development become targets in the annual school plan
  • share decision making to ensure that the school budget supports the delivery of the targets in the school plan
  • receive reports, make focused visits to the school, study results, and participate in other activities to enable them to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the school
  • support the school, act as representatives of the school and provide a link between the school and the community.

Schools need governing boards that have a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience to enable it to be effective. Anyone aged over 18 can be a governor or trustee (but there are some exceptions) and you do not need to be a parent at our schools. There is no requirement for you to have an understanding of the education system, just the necessary skills, character and time to contribute. There is plenty of training available to help you learn about education. Schools needs and benefit from a range of professional knowledge on their governing boards including education, finance, human resources, legal, marketing and public relations, property and estates management, and organisational change.

This is a voluntary role and so is unpaid. School Governors have a right to reasonable time off work for their public duties although this may be unpaid time from your employer.

For further information regarding the role, please visit our website at http://timuacademytrust.org.uk/vacancies/

Please contact our clerk Jenny Lyrakos clerktolgb@timuacademytrust.org.uk for more information or to come and see our schools.

Information about the school

The Timu Academy Trust is made up of two schools, Bobbing Village and Iwade School, both are based in Sittingbourne, Kent. Iwade School is currently an expanding two/three form entry school. Currently rated by Ofsted as Good (Iwade) and Outstanding (Bobbing). Each school has its own individual characteristics and sits at the centre of their community.

Both schools became a formal federation in 2007 and following their successful Ofsteds in November 2012 took the decision to convert to academy status in June 2014. Both schools are geographically near each other and so the staff are easily able to work closely together which they do with great effect "Together Everyone Achieves More".

Timu means "team" in Swahili, a word which represents how we work at all levels within and across the schools.

Within the trust, we recognise everyone as an individual and we nurture, value and develop them. We aim to achieve the highest standards in all that we do and to have happy children and staff, eager and excited to come to school.

We work in collaboration with other schools and organisations seeking the best innovative practice in teaching, sharing new ideas and learning from others. We use research as a springboard for change.

We strive to make our schools even better, recruiting the very best to meet the needs of a changing world. We foster a positive attitude which allows everyone to develop new skills, build resilience and achieve their dreams.

Timu Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and an enhanced DBS disclosure. It is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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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.