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Nottinghamshire County Council

Ashfield schools need governors

12 Dec 2013 - 15:20

School governors are urgently needed in Ashfield to help with the effective running of schools in the area.

Figures just released reveal there are 83 governor vacancies, 13.7% of the positions available, across the district with vacancies in parent, community, foundation and local authority positions.

There are 26 parent vacancies, 14.1% of the total number of 159 posts, 21 community vacancies (15.1%) and 6 foundation governor vacancies (11.5%).

Community governors are recruited from local people or businesses with the skills required by the specific school and foundation governors are appointed by the Diocese, church or a voluntary trust.

Leonie Meikle, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Governor Services Manager, said: “A school runs well when it has an effective and pro-active governing body which means getting the right mix of skills and abilities within the governing body.

“Good governance is vital to a school’s performance, attainment levels and general achievements.”

A governor’s role includes monitoring budgets, appointing senior staff, including head teachers and making decisions on the future of the school.

No formal qualifications are necessary and anyone who is aged 18 or over and has 6 to 8 hours per term to spare is invited to apply.

Neil Walker, chairman of governors at Dalestorth Primary School, Sutton in Ashfield said he been a governor for more than 15 years and had developed a real attachment to the school.

He added: “As a governor you feel that over time you can make a significant contribution to the school’s success both in terms of the way the children are taught and the impact the school has on the local community.

“The real strength of a governing body is that it is a team of individuals with very different talents with the sole aim of improving the education environment for their pupils.”

Current vacancies across the county are:

Broxtowe – 74 vacancies – 13.5%

Gedling – 51 vacancies – 8.3%

Rushcliffe – 63 vacancies – 10.1%

Ashfield – 83 vacancies – 13.7%

Bassetlaw – 97 vacancies – 13.3%

Mansfield – 80 vacancies – 13.6%

Newark – 61 vacancies – 9.3%

The national average for vacancies is 12.5%.

Leonie added: “The most effective governing bodies consist of governors with a blend of experiences, from different cultures and age groups, so whatever your background you could add enormous value to a local school.”

If you are interested in finding out more about vacancies in Nottinghamshire schools please contact Jane Mansell on 0115 8546054 or email jane.mansell@nottscc.gov.uk

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