Parish NewsGovernor Vacancy

Sulhamstead and Ufton Nervet Primary School is overseen by a governing board made up of parents, staff, and representatives from the diocese and local area. A vacancy has arisen for a Local Authority governor to join our governing board.

Who is eligible?
Any member of the Sulhamstead and Ufton Nervet community, and/or a professional wishing to volunteer their skills to contribute to the effective governance of the school, is welcome to apply.

A Local Authority governor is not appointed or employed by the LA, but would make an effort to understand the LA’s priorities and views, and to represent these in governing board meetings.

We would particularly welcome nominations from people with experience of, or interest in, financial management and/or business management.

Being a governor requires a willingness to learn, a commitment to the school’s vision and ethos, and an interest in ensuring that our pupils receive the best possible educational outcomes. Our school is greatly enriched by the contributions and perspectives of supportive members of the local community.

What does being a governor entail?
Our governing board has three core functions, as laid out in the Governance Handbook:

  • to offer clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • to hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • to oversee the financial performance of the organisation and make sure its money is well spent.

A successful candidate will be appointed to the full governing board for a term of four years, and also to a committee specialising in a particular area of governance.

The full governing board and each committee meet once per half term. Meetings are held usually in the evenings and are approximately 60 to 90 minutes in length. Given the current situation with COVID-19, all full committee meetings are held virtually.

Induction training and governor skills training are plentiful, and offered free of charge.

If you are interested in joining the governing board or would like more information about the role, please email Angela Hartley-Kane (Chair of Governors) at to make an appointment.


Parish Council

P.O Box 7381,

0118 983 1748