April 2021

Volunteers sought for school’s governing body

Following a number of recent departures, through retirement and terms of office drawing to a close, Withernsea High School is currently seeking members of the local community to join its governing body.

The school’s core purpose is to “inspire confident young people who thrive in a changing world” through delivery of a strong and varied curriculum of ambition. This is underpinned by the aim of broadening horizons, by encouraging students to stretch themselves intellectually and creatively, while developing the knowledge, skills and attributes required to achieve excellence.

Governors are instrumental in supporting the school’s teaching and non-teaching staff, led by the Senior Management Team, in the successful delivery of these aims and ambitions – ultimately ensuring the continued success of all students and the success of the school as a whole.

While the role of governors is more strategic than that of day-to-day operational involvement, the governing body exists as an impartial body to hold the leadership to account, oversee financial performance and plan the strategic direction of the school.

The governing body itself comprises representatives from the school’s teaching and non-teaching staff, the local authority, the local community and parents of current students.

At present, the school has vacancies for parent, community and local authority governors. Prior experience of working in education is not necessary as full training will be given and, quite often, it’s an outside perspective that brings with it the greatest strength to the governing body.~

Professional experience in areas such as HR, finance, law, or project management are all useful to a school. But skills such as leadership, communication, and problem solving are also great additions, as are simply having a general enthusiasm and the desire to help support the young people in our local community.

Fay Crawforth, Clerk to Governors, commented: ‘Governors provide an external perspective and an ability to challenge assumptions and look for the best solutions. They bring enthusiasm, experience and expertise from other areas of life and can act together as a well-balanced group of people to effectively support the Headteacher and his team, to drive the school forward.

Volunteering as a governor is a great way to contribute to your local community, meet new people and improve the lives of local children. You will develop transferable skills and learn more about the education system whilst putting existing skills and experience to good use.’

Alex Henderson, Vice Chair of Governors, has served as a school governor for over 20 years, eight of which have been spent as a member of the Withernsea High School governing body. Commenting on her experiences, Mrs Henderson said: ‘I have found the role of governor challenging, interesting but ultimately very rewarding. I have always had an interest in education and recognise its value. I first became involved whilst working for the NHS and found my skills helped with the role, but also taught me valuable lessons in boardroom responsibilities.

Many employers recognise the importance of school governors and it is viewed by many as a valuable personal development opportunity. Now retired, I still enjoy the variety of experiences that being a governor offers me. The links with the students is a joy in terms of their enthusiasm and views on life.

If you have an inquiring and challenging mind, believe in the value of education and want to make a difference in your local community, you will really enjoy the role.’

- If you are interested in joining the governing body and would like to find out more, please contact Mrs F Crawforth (Clerk to Governors) for an informal chat: crawforthf@wscampus.net

- Anyone over the age of 18, with no criminal offences or bankruptcy proceedings against them in the last five years, is eligible to apply.

- If applying for the role of Parent Governor, the applicant must have parental responsibility of a student who is currently in the school at the time of election.

- Future meetings will be held in person and on Microsoft Teams, enabling participants to join remotely when required.


Download: Please click here to download the Role of a School Governor guide from Governors for Schools to find out more about the role in general.