14 November 2018

Haberdashers' Aske's Borough Academy is looking for governors

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Borough Academy is the new secondary school that will open on Southwark Bridge Road in September 2019. Over time it will grow to have 900 students and 250 sixth formers from the Borough and Bankside local community. School governors are essential to a school’s success. All the schools in the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation Trust are fortunate to have capable and committed governing bodies. We want Borough Academy to have excellent governance too, so now we are advertising for people to become co-opted governors.

 

The governing body of the new school will start work in January 2019, in preparation for the school to open in September 2019. We are keen to attract governors who live or work in the community from which  the school’s students will be drawn. We would also be interested to hear from other people who may not live in the local area, but who could bring valuable skills and experience. We want to create a governing body of committed people ready to work hard for the school and its community. We want a group of people with a range of skills and experiences, and with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

 

Co-opted governors will serve alongside governors nominated by our sponsor, the Haberdashers’ Company. Once the school has opened they will also be joined by governors elected from amongst the parents and staff. All governors, however appointed, have the same role as part of the local governing body. It is responsible for ensuring the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school and holding its leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.

 

It does this by

  • Monitoring the school’s academic performance and its self-evaluation across all areas of its work
  • Providing challenge and support to the Principal and his/her leadership team
  • Ensuring the school is faithful to the values, aims and ethos of the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation and plays a full part in the Federation.

How to apply and appointment process

If you would like to be considered to be a co-opted governor at Borough Academy, please write to boroughacademy@haaf.org.uk telling us why you would like to be a governor and what experience you would bring. Please enclose a CV if you have one, or if not please just tell us about your work or community involvement in your email. In your email please confirm that you are ready to make the level of commitment detailed in the section below titled “Level of commitment required and dates of governor meetings” and that you are available for all the governor meeting dates given.

 

Please write to us by 30th November 2018. We will consider all applications and then invite selected applicants to meet us on Wednesday 12th December 2018. Successful applicants will be appointed by Friday 21st December 2018.

Who is eligible

Co-opted governors can be drawn from the local or wider community. Since there will be parent governor elections once the school has opened, we do not intend to appoint any parents whose children are expected to attend the school as co-opted governors.

 

Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to apply to be a school governor, except for individuals legally barred from being governors. All governors will have to undertake a disclosure and barring (DBS) check for criminal convictions and suitability for working with children. They will also have to complete a due diligence check carried out by the Department for Education. Both of these processes involve completing a form and giving personal details such as name, date of birth, addresses, work history and financial information.

Level of commitment required and dates of governor meetings

There are typically three governor meetings per year (in November, March and June) and one conference (an afternoon in January followed by dinner), which all governors should attend. Governors are expected to visit the school at least once a term and to be available to participate in any hearings that may happen, such as exclusions or complaints. Governors are strongly encouraged to attend any training that is provided for them by the Federation – typically two additional sessions per year.

 

In preparation for the school opening, governors will be expected to attend three meetings:

  • 21st January 2019 – all day event followed by dinner
  • 12th March 2019 – all afternoon
  • 18th June 2019 – all afternoon