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Community Governor

Description of the role:

Community governor on one of our Local Governing Bodies supporting schools to provide the very best education possible at primary and secondary level. Meetings are usually held half-termly (once every 6 weeks) and there are also opportunities to visit the schools to assist with monitoring different aspects of school life.

Opportunity Activities: Advice, Information and Support, Business, Management and Research, Fundraising, Trusteeship and Committee Work, Under 16 Volunteering
Availability required:


What skills are needed?

You do not have to have a background in education to be an effective governor. We are looking for commitment, a willingness to work as part of a team, the ability to ask questions and help develop the strategic overview required of a local governing body. You will be particularly welcome if you have experience in the following areas: health or social care; banking or finance; the arts; personnel; health and safety or business. Experience of sitting on a management board or committee may be helpful but training will be offered.

What skills will be learned / gained?

Governance is a really extraordinary and important role to the overall success of a school and its pupils. You will become part of the school community getting to know the staff, pupils, their families and how the school operates. You will get a unique understanding of the local educational environment, its challenges and its successes. The strategic insight can provide a better understanding of the ever-changing national educational picture. Working as part of a team with corporate responsibilities should give you a better understanding of collaborative working, problem solving, financial management and strategic thinking.

The National Governance Association says that "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 young people, give something back to your local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment. You will also be joining the largest volunteer force in the country: there are over a quarter of a million volunteers governing state funded schools in England."

DBS Check Required: Yes
Driving Licence Required: No
Details of restriction:

Age of legal responsibility

Mandatory training required for role: No
Extra information:

Unity Schools Partnership is a family of secondary, primary and special schools located mainly in Suffolk, and also on the Essex and Cambridgeshire borders as well as Romford in East London.

We share the same values and face similar issues, while providing a close network of support and challenge.

We recognise the unique characteristics of each of the communities we work in and how they are reflected in distinctive school cultures.

We are committed to a partnership that respects, sustains and supports. We encourage cultural diversity, celebrate the special qualities of each of our schools and recognise that communities must develop and grow to become sustainable.

About the Opportunity Host Organisation

Host Organisation: Unity Schools Partnership
Organisation Profile:

Local Governing Bodies of schools in the Unity Schools Partnership Multi-Academy Trust. Supporting pupils education in Suffolk Schools. Specifically looking for volunteers to join LGBs in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Haverhill and Sudbury.