Clerk to the Governors
The Governing Board at St Blaise C.E Primary School are seeking to appoint a Clerk to the Governors. This is a key role, providing administrative and procedural advice to the Governing Board. The post holder will work closely with the Chair of Governors and Headteacher, working within the current legislative framework to secure the continuity of Governing Board business and observe confidential requirements.
The purpose of the clerk’s role is to:
- Provide advice to the governing Board on governance, constitutional and procedural matters.
- Provide effective administrative support to the governing board.
- Ensure the governing board is properly constituted.
- Manage information effectively in accordance with legal requirements.
The job offers flexible working hours, often evening work, and an interesting insight into the world of education, particularly leadership and management within our schools.
The Clerk will be responsible for preparing agendas in consultation with the Headteacher and Chair of Governors, taking and writing up minutes of meetings, distributing documentation and other information to the governing Board. When necessary, the Clerk will be expected to liaise with appropriate partners such as the Local Authority. The Clerk will need to be familiar with the DfE Governance handbook and provide advice to governors as necessary.
There are usually 10 meetings of the full governing board per year but attendance at additional meetings may be required. Meetings are currently held on a Tuesdays or Thursdays from 4pm and attendance at meetings is essential. The approximate hours are 90 hours per year. Payment includes time to allow for meeting preparation, attendance at meetings, the completion of minutes and subsequent administrative duties.
Skills for a clerk include being able to write agendas and accurate concise minutes, having good ICT skills, being able to organise their time, work to deadlines, organise meetings and keep records.
Personal attributes include being able to maintain confidentiality, being able to remain impartial, having a flexible approach to working hours, having good interpersonal skills, being able to work at times convenient to the governing Board (including evening meetings) and being able to travel to meetings.
Where needed, the successful candidate will be offered full training.
St Blaise C.E Primary School is committed to safeguarding children and all staff members will undergo and enhanced DBS check.