Community Governor

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About the role

Aspire Academies is a Multi Academies Trust (MAT) comprising of six primary schools, and a Teaching school across Hemel Hempstead and Watford.  We currently supporting over 2500 students and 350 staff and have openings on two of our Local Advisory Body’s for new Governors.

The Local Advisory Body (LAB) are responsible for carrying the Trust vision forwards, challenging and supporting the academy to operate effectively in line with the responsibilities defined by the Trustees.  LAB members are expected to question and challenge the Academy’s leadership and to hold them to account.  This is a position to start in January 2021 with a term of four years.

The LAB is in no way legally responsible for the statutory functions of the academy, this rests with the MAT board of Trustees. The LAB has an important role in challenging and supporting the school on a local level to operate effectively in line with the responsibilities defined by the Trustees.

Key responsibilities:

  • An understanding of one or more of governance, strategy and communication, education, finance, human resources and operations.
  • Act as a ‘critical friend’ by evaluating and challenging under performance, supporting and understanding progress and being consistent in the drive for educational excellence at all levels of academy life.
  • To bring their skills, experience and community knowledge to enrich the work of the LAB and the academy.
  • Work with the academy to build a unique vision to support the academy in achieving its Education Plan.
  • Taking on a community focused role by using the collective knowledge and skills to promote the academy and to enhance relationships with the local community and businesses.
  • To act in line with the Governance Code of Conduct, particularly with reference to conflicts of interest and confidentiality.

In addition we are looking for the right blend of skills, experience and commitment to eventually become vice-chair or chair of the LAB.  Ideally somebody with experience of leading a team, chairing meetings or have board level experience.

The Local Advisory Body’s meet six times over the academic year, these are mostly evening meetings on the school premises.  You will be expected to attend the meetings, comment on reports and visit the schools to see first-hand the impact of their work. This is an unpaid role though the rewards are many as you enable our children to get the best education possible.

If you would be interested in hearing more information about our vacancies we would love to speak with you. Please contact Sarah Pugh, 

Aspire Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.  We expect all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicants will be expected to undertake an enhanced DBS check and provide character references.


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Contact details

Lynn Taylor , Senior HR Officer
The Aspire Academies Trust High Street, Bovingdon,
Hertfordshire, HP3 0HL

Telephone: 07398 140241
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