As part of a Federation, Hexham Middle School and Queen Elizabeth High School share a single Governing Body of nine members. We currently have two vacancies for Co-opted Governors.

The Role

The Governing Body has three core functions:

  • Defining the ethos, objectives and strategic direction of the schools.
  • Holding the Executive Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the schools.
  • Ensuring the sound, proper and effective use of the schools’ financial resources.

Whether elected or co-opted, the role of governors is to carry out these core functions, not to represent any particular stakeholder group from which they may be drawn. The role is very much like that of a non-executive director of a company or trust. The operational, day-to-day running of the schools is carried out by the Executive Headteacher with the Senior Leadership Teams.

What Skills Are We Looking For?

We aim to have a balanced mix of the skills, experience and knowledge needed to carry out our role. This is informed by a Skills Audit, which all current and prospective governors are asked to complete.

We welcome applications from all who are interested in becoming a governor but would be particularly interested to hear from individuals who have:

  • Either strong financial skills, perhaps with a background in accountancy or financial direction;
  • Or recent experience of school improvement, perhaps as a schools advisor or Ofsted inspector.

How Much Commitment Is Required?

Being a school governor is an increasingly demanding role. The Governing Body meets monthly during term time, with paperwork and data to absorb in advance. There are also a number of smaller Committees and groups who carry out detailed work. It would be helpful if you had at least some daytime availability in order to conduct monitoring visits.

Although these are challenging times for all schools, the work is rewarding, as we work together to help our young people become all that they can be.

How Do You Apply?

Please read through the attached Code of Conduct and complete the Skills Audit. It should be returned by email to Lauren Campbell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or marked for the attention of Sandra Thompson, Chair of Governors, by Friday 26 June 2015. Applicants may be invited for an informal conversation with the Chair of Governors and Executive Headteacher. The Governing Body hopes to co-opt Governors at its meeting in July, so that the successful applicants can take up their roles from September.