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Governance

Hope Valley College joined Chorus Education Trust on 1 September 2019. Governance is undertaken by a Transition Board of Governors, appointed by the Chorus Board of Trustees. You can find out more about the membership of the Transition Board here.

The Chair of the Transition Board of Governors is Ms Alex Migali. You can contact her via the college.

 

Apply to be a PARENT governor

Hope Valley College has a proud history at the heart of the local community. It has served local people for generations, providing a rounded education in a friendly and supportive environment.

Now it is turning to the local community for support in the next stage of its development. In September it joined Chorus Education Trust and, since then, a Transition Board has had responsibility for governance, primarily focused on resolving the issues highlighted in the 2017 Ofsted report.

The aim is to have a new Local Governing Body (LBG) in place soon, who will shadow the Transition Board until some point in the autumn term when they officially take over. This provides new governors with the rare opportunity to learn from experienced colleagues before taking on responsibility for governance.

As part of this process, the college and Chorus Education Trust are seeking two volunteers to become Parent Governors. This is a chance to make a positive difference to the college, supporting the leadership team as we take the next important steps in the college’s development.

What’s involved in the role?

The school Local Governing Body’s main tasks are:

  • To ensure the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • To hold the Principal to account for the educational performance of the school and its students.
  • To oversee the financial performance of the college and ensuring its money is well spent.

The role is often described as being a ‘critical friend’ – offering support whilst not being afraid to question and challenge, holding the leadership to account.

Being a governor is a voluntary position, i.e. unpaid. 

What time commitment is needed?

You will be expected to attend the full meeting of the LGB and one or two of sub-committees every term. These meetings usually take place at the college and last for up to two hours on a weekday evening. You will need time to read the papers beforehand and to plan any questions or comments you wish to make during the meeting.

You will also need time to undertake training for the role. Much of this can be via online courses, but there are also opportunities to attend courses in person.

There are also additional daytime activities you may be invited to participate in. (These are not compulsory, as we appreciate that governors have other commitments). These could include helping on specific projects, sitting on interview panels or attending a school event. 

How will this work during lockdown?

During the Covid-19 lockdown we are holding governor meetings via online video conferences. All papers are shared via our online hub as usual.

What skills and experience do you need?

Above all else, you need to be committed to the college and want to make a difference to young people’s lives. If you have experience of governance or education, that is useful, but full training and support is given. This will include in house mentoring and support from the governing body members as well as access to external governor training.

If you have experience in any of the following areas that could be useful:

  • The world of education, particularly around the curriculum and student progress.
  • Human Resources.
  • Law.
  • Contracts and purchasing.
  • Facilities management / health & safety.
  • Finance.
  • Governance.
  • ICT.
  • Safeguarding and pastoral.
  • Organisation development.
  • Leadership and management.

The governing body also consists of representatives from the staff and parents/carers. This ensures we have a wide range of skills and experiences.

What are the benefits of being a governor?

As a governor, you can make a meaningful difference to your local community and give something back. You can also gain the opportunity to further develop your existing professional skills with an organisation that really benefits from them, and you can gain valuable experience for your own development.

Who is eligible to be a parent Governor?

Please note that elected governors will be asked to complete a self-declaration form to confirm that they are eligible to serve as a governor.

You must have a child at the school during this or the next academic year. You are not eligible to be a Parent Governor if you work at the school for more than 500 hours per year. In addition, as there is a statutory limit to the number of local authority associated governors who are either currently directly employed by Derbyshire County Council or current or recent county councillors, you will have to declare that on the form. (If you fail to make a declaration and it is subsequently found that you fall into one of these categories and the statutory limit has been exceeded then you will be disqualified).

What happens next?

If you want to put yourself forward for a Community Governor position, please complete the online application form here by the deadline of Friday 19 June

Please note that your application should be supported by two sponsors who must be parents/carers of students in school.

If only two people are nominated, then they will be automatically declared as Parent Governors. If there are more nominations than places, a ballot of current parents/carers will be held to elect the Parent Governors. For this purpose nominees are invited to prepare a short statement which will be circulated with the ballot papers. The length of the statement should not be more than 200 words.

Want further information?

If you would like further information before deciding whether to put yourself forward please contact us via email at: info@chorustrust.org