Join The Freeman Primary School Governing Board

The Freeman Community Local Governing Board is seeking to recruit new members from our local community to add to our existing membership. All backgrounds are embraced, and knowledge in finance, HR, social care and education would be most welcome.

What is the governing body?

The Local Governing Body (LGB) takes a strategic role as a critical friend to the school and to be accountable for its decisions. The LGB works with the headteacher to set aims and objectives for the school and agree, monitor and review policies, targets and priorities.

The LGB comprises governors appointed by the trust, parents and staff. It meets nine times a year, with the different committees usually meeting once a term, except for the hearings, appeals and pupil discipline committees which meet only as required.

You don’t have to be a parent or member of staff to be a school governor. A governing board should encompass a good mixture of people, not just parent and staff representation. Governors are also drawn from the local area and come from all walks of life. In fact, community governors often provide fresh perspectives and knowledge from outside an educational viewpoint and are an essential part of the board. The positions are voluntary, and you can nominate yourself.

No prior knowledge or educational experience is necessary; a comprehensive range of free training and support is provided.

Being a governor will help you:

  • Gain exposure to board-level meetings – a great opportunity to develop transferable skills
  • Grow leadership skills involving strategy, budgets, policies, senior performance reviews and disputes
  • Development opportunities from the free training you receive
  • Learn valuable strategic-level experience which can boost employability prospects
  • Contribute to the community – help grow the area you love
  • Participate in teamwork – you will help encourage progress and overcome obstacles
  • Make a real difference to children’s lives

Skills required include:

  • The time and energy to enjoy this challenging role
  • An interest in education and our local community
  • A naturally inquisitive nature
  • The ability to question and analyse results
  • The ability to gently provide direction
  • A willingness to listen and learn

Sound interpersonal skills and a capacity to work as a team member are important, together with an awareness of our community’s needs, strengths and ambitions for our children. Experience in planning, monitoring and compliance, either professionally or in a voluntary capacity, would be helpful and all members need to be able to read straightforward school reports and data on school standards.

How much time will I be committing? If you, or someone you know, have an interest in education and can commit to one evening (Thursday) nine times a year and occasional visits during the school day, we’d be very pleased to hear from you to discuss the role further.

How do I apply? For an informal chat and an application form please contact Chair of Governors Sue Hayter on 01449 613710 or Headteacher Daniel Pettitt on 01449 612067.

You can also visit the suffolk county council website for more information: www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/govern-suffolk.

Completed application forms should be submitted to Sue Hayter, Freeman Community Primary School, Church Road, Stowupland IP14 4BQ.

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