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Are you, or do you know someone who might be, interested in becoming a school governor?

We currently have vacancies for co-opted governors – please see below for more information.


Please note we do not currently have any vacancies for parent/carer governors.


Co-opted Governor Vacancies

We are looking for committed people to join Aldington Primary School’s Governing Board as Co-opted Governors. Our Governing Board is made up of parent, staff, local authority and co-opted governors.

The Governing Board operates at a strategic level and is not involved in the day-to-day running of the school. We are responsible for the conduct of the school and the promotion of high standards. We carry out this role by setting the vision for the school, ensuring that the school works efficiently and effectively towards achieving its vision, and that the school provides a high quality education for its pupils. This is done by building a thorough knowledge of the school and its community, by supporting and constructively challenging the school, and by ensuring accountability and compliance.

Governors need not be experts in the field of education. What they do need is an interest in the school and in the welfare of its pupils, together with the time and willingness to get involved.

Governors also need ‘soft skills’ – the ability to be able to build relationships with a range of people, to be able to work as part of a team, to be able to question, and to make connections between different types of information. All governors are expected to be able to read budget reports and data on school standards. Training is available.

We would particularly welcome applications from people with experience in:

  • finance (accountant, finance manager etc)
  • human resources
  • legal (paralegal, solicitor etc)
  • health and safety (H&S officer, union rep etc)
  • capital projects management

but whatever skills and experience you have could be useful.

The first stage of the recruitment process is completion of an application form (attached). The next stage may be the completion of a skills audit, to allow the Governing board to understand your skill set. The final stage is an interview with the Headteacher and Chair of Governors.

Our Governing Board has certain expectations of governors, which currently are:

  • to attend and contribute to termly (6 times a year) meetings of the full Governing Board
  • to monitor an area within the school, eg numeracy, Special Educational Needs, Early Years and meet with the staff subject leader (3 visits per year) reporting on each visit to the Governing Board
  • to visit the school formally for monitoring purposes as directed by the Governing Board
  • to visit the school informally on occasion
  • to commit to attend training courses
  • to comply with the expectations set out in our Code of Conduct.

In return, our Governing Board commits to:

  • provide you with an experienced governor as mentor
  • provide you with a structured induction
  • provide access to quality training
  • develop your skills in strategic management
  • offer you an insight into the wider perspective of the school
  • give you the opportunity to make a difference to our school and the outcomes for our pupils.

Being a school governor is a public office and you may be given time off from work, but you would need to check this with your employer.

If you would like to find out more about how you can contribute to governance at our school, or have any questions, then please contact the school office, which will then arrange for a governor to contact you.

To apply for one of the vacancies please complete the attached form and return it to the school office for the attention of the Headteacher.

Thank you for your interest.


Dr Lynne Graham-Matheson
Chair of Governors