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 We are recruiting… ‘The BAWB Federation’ is seeking a School Governor

Following a recent skills audit, we seek to fill our currently vacant co-opted governor role. Since changes in the Statutory School Governance Constitution, and following Local Authority Governor Support advice, we have reserved our vacant position for a member of any of our communities (could be a parent but wouldn’t be a ‘parent governor’ in the constitution) that currently has no representation on the governing board. At this time this means that our new governor must come from the community of West Burton.

Being a school governor 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.

Schools need governing boards that have a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience to enable it to be effective. Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has repeatedly noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing board. The specific skills and experience we are looking for at this time are:

Legal experience; risk management; managing conflicts of interest
· Promoting community cohesion
· Property and estate management

Our new governor should also be:

  • · from a currently unrepresented community on our governing board (at this time: West Burton)
    · committed to their role and to young people
    · confident in having courageous conversations
    · curious with an enquiring mind
    · able to challenge the status quo to improve things
    · collaborative to build strong relationships
    · critical to improve their own work and that of the board
    · creative in problem solving and being innovative
    · committed to unbiased governance of the federation of all three schools

    As a governor you will have the opportunity to:

  • · Use your own experience of education and life beyond school to inform conversations
    · Develop and utilise your skills in a board-level environment
    · Make a valuable contribution to education and your community
    · Support and challenge our federation so that it improves for pupils and staff
    · Bring your unique experiences, perspectives and insights in to decision-making in the interests of the school

What do governors do?

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

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

Governors set the aims and objectives for the federation 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 communities
    · 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
    · We expect governors to take on a specific link role and contribute to a planned programme of governor
    visits to the three schools


If you feel that you meet the criteria for this exciting role, please contact our clerk, Mrs Dominique Adams, to express
an interest, by Wednesday 3rd April: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Should we receive nominations from more than one candidate, we will carry out a selection process, based on our
skills audit, in the form of candidate interviews. The successful candidate will then be invited to a discussion with the
Chair of Governors and the Headteacher in order to discuss the role and its expectations in more detail.
We aim to have appointed by Friday 12th April with a full induction after the Easter break.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Derek Walpole,
Chair of Governors

Enhanced DBS clearance is required (but can be done after appointment).



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Our schools are located in the picturesque villages of Bainbridge, Askrigg, and West Burton in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  Ours schools are happy places with high aspirations for all our children and we work actively with our parents and community to ensure that we provide the best educational experiences for our children.


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Askrigg: 01969 650331
Bainbridge: 01969 650336
West Burton: 01969 663230