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Foundation Governors - Winterslow

by Michael Ford last modified 12 Mar, 2020 05:06 PM

The Governing Body at Winterslow School currently has vacancies for two Foundation Governors.

To qualify under the category of Foundation Governor, you would need to be part of one of the following denominations:
• Communicant member of the Church of England
• Member of a church which belongs to ‘Churches Together in Britain and Northern Ireland’
• Baptised individual who regularly attends Church of England services
• A Christian who does not belong to the churches listed above but who is committed to the tenets of the Apostles’ Creed, e.g. Gospel Lifeboat Mission, Vineyard Church, City Gate Church
[Based on information supplied from the Diocese of Salisbury]

Becoming a school governor is an interesting, challenging and very rewarding role. There are many benefits in becoming a governor including:
• Developing skills which employers value
• Giving something back to your community
• Making a positive difference to childrens’ futures
• Experiencing strategic board level work
• Learning how to appropriately challenge and support an organisation.

As a governor in a Wiltshire school you will receive comprehensive training from the School Governance team.In addition, the Diocese provides training and support for its Foundation Governors.
The responsibilities of a Foundation Governor are the same of those of other Governors, but in addition, Foundation Governors are the 'formal Christian presence' on the Governing Body; they uphold the religious Trust Deed of the school. The key function of Foundation Governors is to ‘explore, with their partners on the Governing Body, ways in which the Church’s role in the school may be more fully and positively implemented’.

What kind of people are Governors?
It’s a common misconception that all Governors are ‘professionals’. Although Governing Boards do find it helpful to have governors with skills in particular areas, most members are ‘ordinary’ members of the public. The Governing Board at Winterslow CE Primary School are looking for people who:
• Get on with other people
• Are open to new ideas and ready to learn
• Are prepared to work as part of a team
• Have some spare time, especially in the evenings and weekends, to attend meetings or read papers
• Want to put something into their local community.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Foundation Governor at Winterslow school and require further information, please contact the Clerk, Melanie Thomas or the Revd Simon Chambers, Team Vicar, Clarendon Team. Both can be contacted via the school office on 01980 862446, or email .

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