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Join our Board of Governors – Become a Parent Governor

At John Ruskin College we are looking for an interested and motivated parent to join our Board of Governors.

To do a successful job, the Board needs to understand how different groups of people feel about the College, what matters to them, and what to do to keep the College improving and providing an excellent service for its learners. One of the ways that this is done is by making sure that one of our Board of Governors is a parent who can attend meetings regularly and help the other Governors to understand how parents feel about issues.

What’s involved and how much time will it take?

The role of a governor is a voluntary and therefore unpaid position. There are 7 Board meetings that take place during the academic year. Each meeting lasts approximately 2 hours and starts at 6pm. Meetings take place on a Tuesday evening and there is also one Strategic Review day held at the College, again on a Tuesday, in the spring term. You will also need to have the time to read the meeting papers before a Board meeting. These are sent to you a week in advance and you need to allow about 1.5 hours to read them.

Governors are not involved in operational issues; these are the remit of the Principal and the Senior Leader Team. The function of the Governors is to provide strategic oversight; to act as a critical friend; and to monitor performance and outcome. Governors are often referred to as those “plotting the course” whilst it is the Principal that “steers the ship”.

Governors do not have direct contact with students but are encouraged to attend public events run by the College.

Who are we looking for?

A parent governor can be any parent of a student under the age of 19 that attends the College.

Is there training?

Yes. Governors will be supported by a dedicated Clerk and all Governors participate in an on-going training programme.

What’s in it for you?

As a parent governor you will have the opportunity to provide the Board with a unique insight into the issues that really matter to learners and parents – our key stakeholders. It is important that as a Board we understand what parents think and feel about the College and the experience that learners receive. Also you may have professional skills that the Board can benefit from as it continues to respond to an ever changing educational landscape. As a parent of one of our learners you will already be committed to the provision of a first class education for our students. It will also enable you to make a positive difference in the local community.

When are the meetings taking place in the current academic year 2017/18?

26th September 2017; 7th November 2017; 12th December 2017; 23rd January 2018; 20th March 2018; 15th May 2018; and 10th July 2018.

The Strategic Review Day is scheduled for 27th February 2018.

What next?

If you wish to take your interest further please contact Barbara Maude, Clerk to the Corporation (contact details below) and return the attached self nomination form by Monday 5th June 2017.

If more than one nomination is received then the Search Committee of the Corporation (who are responsible for the selection and recruitment of new Board members) will shortlist potential new members and notify those involved if they have been selected for interview.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 20th June 2017. The successful candidate will then be formally appointed to the Board of Governors at the Board meeting, on Tuesday 11th July 2017.

Details of the successful candidate will be published on the College website no later than Friday 14th July 2017.

To download the content on this page and a Nomination Form please click here


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