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Being a governor

What is the role of a governor?

The role of our governing body is to improve educational standards so that our young people have the chance to realise their full potential.

We oversee the management side of an organisation supporting and challenging strategy, policy, budgeting and staffing.

The three main areas of responsibility are

  • Setting the strategic direction
  • Creating robust accountability
  • Ensuring financial stability

What is it like to be a governor?

Being a college governor is a commitment to attending governing body meetings which consider issues such as setting the college vision, mitigating financial risk, and scrutinising educational outcomes. We are also involved in the college community, acting as critical friends to the CEO and senior leaders. We may visit college campuses or attend committee meetings. Governors have to read agenda’s and familiarise ourselves with documents and make relevant notes. Governors can be called upon to speak with external agencies and take part in specific panels or be the lead on a key area such as Safeguarding.

Being a governor is rewarding but can be challenging at times. Experience is not necessary and full training is provided. However, we do encourage people to apply who wish to grow personally and/or professionally. Being a governor is a good introduction to gaining leadership skills, knowledge and understanding.

Who can be a governor?

We encourage a diverse representation of governors at Pinc college

Governors bring a wide range of skills and expertise from their personal and professional lives to the governing board and the college benefit greatly from working with skilled volunteers, for example anyone with experience of finance, law, premises management or human resources and those with experience of special educational needs, disability or health and wellbeing. A governor with business know-how can transform the running of a college. We also welcome approaches by those who have additional experience that we have not considered.

When do governors meet?

Governors meet every term to learn about and discuss college improvement and achievement. Other interim meetings may be held to review policies or discuss a pressing matter.

Our calendar of meetings can be viewed here.

We can also be asked to meet at times additional to this to support with specific tasks such as complaints, celebration events, staff management committees etc.

How can you become a governor?

If you are interested in becoming a governor at Pinc college. We would love to hear from you. Please contact our clerk to governors Julie Lynes Doherty at [email protected]

All governors’ are required to apply for an enhanced DBS check via college policy and procedure.

All potential governors are required to complete a Pinc college application form, provide 2 references, complete our skills audit and declaration of interest.

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