Urgent call for more school governors

12 Dec 2013 - 16:08

School governors are urgently needed to help with the effective running of schools across the county.

Figures just published reveal there are 509 governor vacancies in Nottinghamshire schools with Broxtowe, Ashfield, Bassetlaw and Mansfield above the national average.

Vacancies exist in parent, community, foundation and local authority posts and a recruitment campaign is now underway.

In Broxtowe, there are 28 parent vacancies, 15.1% of the total number of 186 posts and 15 community vacancies (11.3%) and in Rushcliffe, there are 24 parent vacancies, 12.2% of the total number of 197 posts, 14 community vacancies (9.2%) and 7 foundation governor vacancies (17.5%).

The situation is slightly better in Gedling with 15 parent vacancies, 8.3% of the total number of 180 posts and four foundation governor vacancies (6.3%).

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.”

The total number of governor vacancies across the county is:

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%.

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.

Christine Bacon, Chair of Governors at St. Peter’s C of E Primary School, Mansfield said that she had been a governor for more than nine years and had loved every minute of it.

She said: “Being a governor is an enormously rewarding role and 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.”

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 jane.mansell@nottscc.gov.uk


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