Queen Elizabeth’s Academy has a vacancy for a parent governor on its academy committee.

To qualify for this role you must have parental responsibility for a student at the academy. Parent governors normally hold office for a period of four years, even if their child leaves the academy during this time. You can, however, resign from the academy committee at any time.

The committee is responsible for a wide range of matters, that fall into four areas of work:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the principal to account for the educational performance of the academy and its students, plus the performance management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent
  • engaging with stakeholders, parent/carers, staff and students and the wider community

They do not get involved in the operational day-to-day running of the school.

Governors do not need to be experts in the field of education. What they do need is an interest in the academy, the local community and in the welfare of our children. You will also need the time – preferably daytime, as well as early evenings – and a willingness to get involved.

Governors also need what is known as ‘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 straightforward budget reports and data on academy/school standards.

Governors are expected to:

  • attend all meetings of the academy committee throughout the academic year (meetings may be during the school day or in the evenings)
  • visit the academy formally for monitoring purposes as per the terms of reference
  • visit the academy informally for open and presentation evenings, etc
  • commit to attend training courses, perform additional research as required and take part in monitoring areas within the academy

In return, the academy commits to:

  • provide you with a structured induction
  • provide access to quality training
  • provide you with an experienced governor as mentor
  • support you in your duties

To find out more, or express your interest in applying for this role, please contact Emma Paine: epaine@dalp.org.uk