We currently have the following vacancy:

School Governor

St Mary’s CE Primary School is seeking to appoint a Co-opted School Governor.  The school is located in the heart of village of Purton where you will find our children ‘Learning Together’ in faith, love and friendship.   As governors we aim to ensure that all children, including those who are disadvantaged, feel valued and special and enjoy attending a school which has a strong Christian ethos.    At St Mary’s, a highly motivated and dedicated team ensure that all children aspire to achieve their full potential, both academically and socially.

Commitment: Twelve meetings per school academic year and additional time for dedicated committees, training, school visits and events.  Governors meetings are usually held in the evenings however training, school visits and some meetings will take place during the school day. 

Salary:  This role is voluntary.

Closing date:  Friday 19th October 2018

Interviews:  Week commencing: 5th November 2018

We are looking for someone who:

  • Is keen to support a school where there are high expectations for the outcome of pupils and a culture that enables both pupils and staff to excel;
  • Is committed to undergoing appropriate training in order to provide effective support and challenge to the school leadership team;
  • Recognises that the need for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is at the heart of the school’s work, underpinned by the school’s Christian values;
  • Is able to be flexible with their time, and fully committed to the role, in order to attend a range of Governor events;
  • Has vision to shape the future of the school with a clear strategy that considers the views of all key stakeholders and protects the longer term interests of St Mary’s and the community of Purton.

Ideally we would like applicants with some or all of the following skills:

  • Strategic Management 
    • Setting direction, decision making, risk management, working collaboratively with stakeholders.
  • Accountability
    • Financial management and monitoring, adhering to standards, analysis of data. 
  • Compliance 
    • Monitoring of statutory and industry compliance.  
    • Health and Safety.   
    • Data Protection. 
  •   People 
    • Knowledge of the educational system, experience of working with young people or those with special needs. 
    • Experience of recruitment, staff and performance management, assessing and developing personal individual and team effectiveness. 

We will offer you:

  • The chance to work with a team of governors, who are highly dedicated, welcoming and receptive to new ideas;
  • The opportunity to support the school Leadership team in shaping the lives of the young people in our community

Please apply in writing, stating your relevant skills and interest in the position (no more than 1 side of A4) to the Clerk to the Governors at  

Further information on being a school Governor can also be found at

St Mary’s CE Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All applicants will be subject to a full Disclosure and Barring Service check before appointment is confirmed