Silkstone Primary School

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Do you have the skills, dedication and commitment required to be a co-opted school governor at Silkstone Primary School and to serve your local community?

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Dear parent/carer

The governing body, school leadership team and staff have a shared vision for the future of Silkstone Primary School – a future that puts children at the heart of all we do, transforms children’s lives and gives them the very best foundations in life as they continue their journey into secondary education.   As governors, we are “guardians of the vision” and we are proud to serve on the governing body of our very special school.

The role of the governing body is strategic, not operational, with 3 key aims:

  • Ensuring the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring money is well-spent.

In summary, governance is about overseeing the success of the school, agreeing strategic priorities and monitoring progress towards them.   The work of the governing body is carried out largely through meetings of the governing body and of its committees.   Our governing body meets once every half-term, usually on a Thursday evening at 6pm.  In addition, governors usually serve on at least one committee, which generally meet half-termly or termly.

We have a strong and effective governing body, but are constantly looking to develop and further strengthen our team.   We now have a couple of vacancies for co-opted governors with the required skills, dedication and commitment to join our governing body and contribute to our school.

We are looking for people with professional skills in two main areas: business/finance and also in Early Years Foundation Stage education.  Governors will be expected to undertake training and development and to comply with our governing body code of conduct, including Nolan’s Seven Principles of Public Life.

The overall annual time commitment for a new governor is likely to be up to 10 days per year, which includes training, meetings, preparation for meetings (including reading papers in advance) and specific roles as required (including as link governor on one of the school’s strategic priorities).    You will be required to undertake a check through the Disclosure Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau).

Being a school governor is an incredibly rewarding role – and one that puts our children’s futures first – so please think about whether you could contribute to the effective governance of our school.  You will find further information on our school governance on the school website at

For details of how to apply to be considered to become a co-opted governor, or if you are interested in first exploring further whether or not to apply and would like an informal, no obligation chat about the role, please email me on

Closing date for applications is 9 a.m. on Monday 14th May 2017.

Kind regards

Yours sincerely

Paul Hinchliffe

Chair of governors, Silkstone Primary School

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