Foundation Governor - Part-time

St Ethelbert's Catholic Primary School, Ramsgate

  • Ref:KCC886-3722-40S
  • Posted:31/01/2021
  • Pay:Voluntary
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:21/07/2021 at 12:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Do you have the skills needed to be a Foundation Governor of a Catholic school?

Could you spare a few hours a month?

Do you want to be part of a strategic team to help develop a school?

Do you have a financial, educational, strategic or HR/Legal background?


This is a fulfilling role that isn’t without its challenges. Governors work together as a team to ensure an outstanding standard of education is being achieved. Being a governor is an opportunity to develop the skills you have and to improve the futures of children today.

You do not need to be a parent or work in the education sector.


St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School is looking to appoint a Foundation Governor

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

  • to be a practising Catholic.
  • the right attitude;
  • for a willingness to share and develop your existing experience and skills;
  • time to take on the commitment.


What does a Foundation Governor do?

The Governing Body of each school plays a critical role in a school’s success and the success of its children. 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 are the benefits of becoming a Foundation Governor?

  • Preserving the links between Church, School and Diocese
  • Ensuring that collective worship and religious education at the school are appropriately monitored
  • Professional development through a range of training courses;
  • Being able to take skills back to the workplace: reading and interpreting data, understanding the curriculum;
  • Building relationships through a network of professional local people;
  • Gaining an insight into how schools operate;
  • 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, annual online Governor 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 a Foundation Governor is one that you could contribute to, then please send your CV and a brief personal statement giving information about your skills to


If you would like to discuss this role further then please phone either:


Claire Turner (Chair of Governors)


Simon Marshall (Headteacher)

Information about the school

St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School is a one form entry school set in the heart of the Georgian town of Ramsgate, Kent, just a short walk from the beaches overlooking the English Channel. The school had its last Ofsted Inspection in June 2019 and is rated Good. Our staff and governors are hard-working, caring, supportive and friendly and the children are very well behaved. With our church being on the school site we are building strong links with our local community. Our school motto is ‘High Expectations for all, in the Light of Christ’. Children are encouraged to fulfil their potential through a creative curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils, develops independent and enquiry-based learning skills and offers appropriate challenges so that they achieve the highest possible standards in all areas of their lives. Our school values are 'THOUGHTFULNESS; KNOWLEDGE; INCLUSION'.

Job Contact Information

Fax: (01843) 570689


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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.