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East Dulwich

Governor vacancies at The Charter School East Dulwich

Appointed Governor Vacancies - The Charter School East Dulwich

A brief overview of governing bodies and what they do

Governors bring a range of experience and interests from many walks of life. They work as a team with the Headteacher and staff to help the school provide a good quality education. Raising educational standards is their key priority. Governors sit on the Local Governing Body (LGB) of the school and are either appointed by The Charter Schools Educational Trust (the Trust) or elected by parents and staff. The LGB is a sub-committee of the Trust and exercises powers delegated to it by the Trust. The Trust itself is a charity and company limited by guarantee but, except for the Chair of Governors, the governors are not trustees of the charity or directors of the company.

This is an exciting time to become a governor at The Charter School East Dulwich. The school currently has 600 students on roll in years 7-10 and will have its first set of GCSE results in the summer of 2022. The school moved into Phase 1 of its brand new buildings in January this year. Plans are well under way for the Phase 2 build, which will see the addition of new multi-purpose sports courts and a designated sixth form area to accommodate the brand new sixth form, which is due to open in September 2022, together with new administration and library facilities.  Once the school moves to its full PAN it will serve over 1600 young people in East Dulwich and neighboring areas.

Who can be an Appointed Governor?

The Trust can appoint local governors. They are a delegate of the governing body not a representative. Individual governors have no power; they may not act independently of the rest of the local governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the local governing body. 

As a Trust, we are keen to reflect our diverse community on our local governing bodies. We are mindful of Lord Nash’s speech in 2013 to the NGA where he advocated attracting highly talented people to volunteer as governors and trustees and the need to have a ’dynamic board’. The role does require commitment and you do need to be able to work as part of a team as well as care about education. You also need time to attend meetings, reply to emails, to get to know the school and to undertake training. As a governor, you would be agreeing to attend regular training on top of meetings and induction training is an essential part of that.

We currently have potentially two vacancies on the local governing body at The Charter School East Dulwich:

  1. We are seeking a governor who has financial management skills to work with the school in oversight of budgets and monitoring expenditure. For this role, we would encourage candidates with a professional financial expertise and budgetary skills in a large organisation to apply.
  2. We also continue to try to make our local governing bodies more representative of our diverse school communities and may appoint a further governor accordingly.

Time needed

The dates and times of meetings of the LGB of The Charter School East Dulwich will be in the evening and last approximately two hours. The LGB will meet at least once each half-term (6 meetings per year) and there may be the opportunity to sit on committees and working parties to look at certain areas of governance in greater depth. Governors are also encouraged to attend school events and any appropriate training. The School buys into the training provided by Southwark, this is free to attend, and all governors have access to the National Governance Association’s online training suite.

An appointed governor’s term of office is usually four years. 

Why have governing bodies?

To help schools provide the best possible education for their pupils by:

  • Thinking and working strategically to help to raise standards
  • Monitoring and evaluating progress towards the school’s priorities and targets
  • Supporting the Headteacher and staff as well as challenging their expectations
  • Accounting to all stakeholders for the school’s overall performance and for the decisions, they have made.

Governance Functions:

The LGB exercises its powers within the strategic direction, broad policies and scheme of delegation set by the Trust.

There are three core governance functions:

  • Setting the direction  - to take a largely strategic role in the running of the school
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its students  
  • Monitoring the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent.  

The responsibilities and powers have to be exercised in partnership with the Headteacher and staff.
Governors should not intervene in the day-to-day running of the school.

Application process:

  1. If you are interested in applying to be a governor at The Charter School East Dulwich, please download and complete the application form below and return it to Shalene Varcoe, Head of Trust Governance, at svarcoe@tcset.org.uk.
  2. Suitable applicants will be invited to interview with a panel including The LGB Chair of Governors or Vice Chair, a member of the school senior leadership team and the Head of Trust Governance
  3. The successful candidate will be officially invited to join the LGB and the Head of Governance will initiate the induction process.

If you would like more information about the role, please contact Shalene Varcoe on 020 7346 6636 or alternatively you can contact the Chair of Governors, Stephen Potter, at chair@chartereastdulwich.org.uk