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Vacancies available on our governing boards

We are currently seeking dedicated and enthusiastic people to join our governing boards.

Nether Edge Primary, Valley Park Primary, King Ecgbert School, and Newfield School all have vacancies for governors.

What do governors do?

The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools. It has three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

Governors set the aims and objectives for the school or group of schools and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the headteacher. In action, this means:

  • Appointing and performance reviewing the head teacher and senior leaders, including making decisions about pay
  • Managing budgets and deciding how money is spent
  • Engaging with pupils, staff, parents and the school community
  • Sitting on panels and making decisions about things like pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary
  • Addressing a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special needs, staff workload and teacher recruitment
  • Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the school

"You don’t need any experience, all you need is some time, an inquisitive mind, and to want to make a difference.  If you believe every child, whatever their background, deserves the very best chance to fulfil their potential and live a happy and rewarding life, then you will fit right in as a governor at Mercia Learning Trust.” Phil Smith, Chair of the Trust Board

If you could be interested in becoming a governor, take a look at the booklet below which should answer any questions you may have. You can contact us at any time with queries.

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