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Chair of Governors

St Helen’s Church of England Primary School

is looking for a new Chair of Governor’s


St Helen’s Church of England Primary School is located in the Medway village of Cliffe. The school was rated Ofsted Good in June 2019.   With Christian Values at our core, we inspire life-long learning through providing rich diverse opportunities for all in a safe, nurturing environment.

We are seeking an outstanding individual to join our Board of Governors in the role of Chair, commencing in October 2019.  This is an unremunerated voluntary role.


The Role

The governing body is a voluntary group which works in close partnership with the Head Teacher, staff and the local authority; Governors are involved with such things as staffing, school buildings, safeguarding and finance.  We do not assess teachers, but we do ask challenging questions in order to ensure high standards across the school.  Being the Chair of governors is a key role in the leadership and management of the School.


The Chair:

  • works with the Head Teacher to promote and maintain high standards of educational achievement
  • ensures that the governing body sets a clear vision and ethos and effectively delivers the strategic direction for the school
  • with the governing body holds the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and for the performance management of staff
  • ensures oversight of the financial performance of the school and effective use of the schools resources
  • uses practical experience to guide the work of the school, participating in its various committees.


The Candidate

Being a school governor is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to young people, make a valuable contribution to your local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment.

We recognise a strong and diverse board is essential to ensure that our School is well run and making the right strategic decisions. We are particularly looking for individuals with senior level experience in any of the following areas - Education, finance, fundraising, human resources, legal and governance, property management, risk management, organisational change and safeguarding.


Anyone aged 18 or over can be a governor (but there are some exceptions) and you do not need to be a parent.  We just ask that you hold the necessary skills, character and time to contribute. There is plenty of training available to help you learn about education.

If you would like to an informal conversation about the role, please contact Joanne Shorter via email on


St Helen’s Church of England Primary School is committed to ensuring the highest standards of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk of harm. Safer recruitment of staff and volunteers is central to this commitment. 

                                                           Closing date: Monday 14th October 2019