• Abbey College, Abbey Road, Hollow Lane, Ramsey Cambridgeshire PE26 1DG

March 2019

Community Governor Vacancy – Abbey College Needs You!

The Governing Body at Abbey College currently has a community governor vacancy and is seeking to appoint to this post.

Being part of the Governing Body is rewarding and gives you the opportunity to get your voice heard and use your opinions to make real change in the school. As a governor, you will make a vital difference to the education and future of the children in Ramsey and its surrounding areas.

As you will be aware, Abbey College was recently judged to be ‘Good’ by Ofsted. The report praised the contributions of our governors and their role in helping to establish a culture of high expectations and aspirations for our students. You could become part of this successful Governing Body and help us on our new journey to become an ‘Outstanding’ school and to provide an outstanding education for the children in our care.

Joining the Governing Body will also mean you will have the opportunity to network and make new friends, while developing new skills and undergoing free training. Many employers are very supportive of their staff members becoming governors and value the experience gained from holding a position as a governor so it is also a good thing to be able to add to your CV.

We have answered some frequently asked questions below but a longer frequently asked questions document can be found on the Governing Body section of our website https://www.abbeycollege.cambs.sch.uk/index.php/about-us/governing-body.

What are community governors?

They are individuals from the community who have the skills and experience which the governing body require. They will be appointed by the existing board, following discussions with the Headteacher and Chair of Governors.

What do governors do?

Governors do not run the school day-to-day but are responsible for performance, planning, finance and ensuring that the school provides the best education it can for students, parents and the local community. All governors are also Trustees and Non-executive Directors of the Academy and are registered as such with Companies House.

How much time will it take?

Being a governor does require a time commitment both in the evening and on occasion, during the school day. There are three governing body meetings each year and governors also serve on at least one committee which meet a further five times a year. Meetings are held on a Tuesday evening starting at 5.30pm. In addition, governors may be expected to participate in various evaluation exercises during the school day and attend other College events such as student forums and parent evenings.

Many school governors, however, are in full-time work. Many employers actually encourage their staff to become school governors. They realise that the skills gained through being a school governor are transferable to the workplace. Employment law gives people the right to reasonable unpaid time off and some employers give paid leave for school governor duties.

Who can be a community governor?

There are some circumstances that disqualify an individual from serving as a school governor and you will be asked to complete a “self-declaration of eligibility” form to state that there are no reasons for which you would be disqualified. We also conduct a DBS (formally CRB) check on all appointed governors.

If you are interested in becoming a Community governor, please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 01487 811322) who will be happy to arrange a time for you to visit the school and meet with the Chair of Governors and Headteacher.

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