Volunteering

School Governor for Lady Eleanor Holles School

Location: Greater London

Date Posted: 01/12/2020

Closing Date: 08/01/2021

About Lady Eleanor Holles School

LEH is one of the oldest and most distinguished girls’ schools in the UK educating girls from 7 – 18. Its students successfully balance outstanding scholarship with impressive achievements in sport and exciting creativity in the arts and beyond.

As a Governor the primary responsibilities are to:

  • Determine overall direction and development of School through good governance and clear strategic planning
  • Ensure School complies with its governing documents; charity law; company law; any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • Perform a supervisory oversight role
  • Ensure School is financially stable and responsible

The main duties of a Governor are to:

  • Act in best interest of School, beneficiaries and future beneficiaries at all times, in accordance with governing documents
  • Agree strategic direction of the School
  • Ensure the School achieves its educational goals
  • Ensure the School complies with any other legal or regulatory requirements and monitors compliance with the policies of the School
  • Be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons the School is responsible for
  • Maintain sound financial management of the School’s resources, ensuring expenditure is in line with its objectives, and investment activities meet accepted standards and policies
  • Ensure that all risks to the School and its assets are identified and appropriate steps established to mitigate against those risks
  • Ensure that the School has an appropriate governance structure in place and establish such Committees and working groups as may be required to consider the undertaking of Governors’ main duties
  • Exercise judgement independently of the influence of others

 

What are we looking for?

As a Governor, you will need strategic vision and to be willing to work collaboratively with the rest of the Board and relevant Committee members accordingly. You will have a genuine interest in education and most of all, you will have commitment and enthusiasm to support the School in furthering its aims. In particular you will need:

  • A commitment to the purpose, objects and values of the School
  • A commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to the role
  • Strategic vision
  • An ability to analyse information and challenge constructively
  • To be able to respect the boundaries between executive and governance functions
  • Good communication skills and a willingness to express an objective opinion
  • Non-executive experience or a track record of influencing the direction of an organisation at board level

LEH welcomes applications from a wide range of career backgrounds with good inter-personal communication skills although individuals are sought with expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Finance
  • Technology
  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Mental Health and Safeguarding
  • Education

The Board welcomes applications from a diverse range of ethnic backgrounds and across genders. All appointments will be made on merit following a fair and transparent process. In line with the Equality Act 2010, however, the organisation may employ positive action where diverse candidates can demonstrate their ability to perform the role equally well.

There are four Board Meetings and one Strategy Meeting (full day) per annum.  Additionally, you will be expected to be a member of at least one Committee and attend meetings for those (usually one a term per Committee). If you have the capacity and flexibility you will be welcome to take on any special projects, and sit on working parties such projects may require from time to time. And you will be encouraged to attend other School events as you are able to.

Currently, this role will be completely remote. However, once the Governors can safely hold meetings on site again, they will do.  Whilst there will be some hybrid/remote meetings going forward Governors are expected to attend the School regularly.

 

What difference will you make?

Outstanding governance is vital to the success of LEH, and numerous Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Inspection reports have paid tribute to the role played by our Governors.  LEH Governors carry much of the responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the School and for monitoring all aspects of performance. They also ensure its financial stability. The Board of Governors at LEH work as a team and Governors are at the heart of how the School operates. How they do their job affects the interests of pupils, staff and the reputation of the School in the community.

 

What’s in it for the volunteer?

The Governors are key to its continued success. We hope that in undertaking this role, you will gain a sense of satisfaction through knowing students will benefit from your efforts, particularly during these rapidly changing and exceptionally challenging times. We offer comprehensive training to ensure you are equipped to perform your role as a Governor, with courses available to help you as required.

 

Commitment:

0-3 hours/week. However, involvement is almost exclusively required during term time.

 

How to apply:

Lady Eleanor Holles is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

 

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