Governor vacancy for Cranbourne Primary School

Vacancy for a co-opted governor and a parent governor

Do you want to make a difference to our children's lives? Whether you are working or retired and would like to work with us, we would love to hear from you!

About Cranbourne Primary School

Cranbourne is a happy school. You will find a welcoming atmosphere throughout all aspects of school life. Our motto is, "where learning and friendships grow".

The school's values are kindness, respect, teamwork, perseverance and creativity.

As a school we promote self-assurance and independence. We help pupils meet their full potential in a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment.

Cranbourne is an inclusive school providing high quality teaching and learning. We strive to develop our children’s confidence, learning and friendships. We enable and encourage them to become resilient global citizens who have respect for a sustainable environment.

In our most recent inspection (November 2018), Ofsted found us to be Outstanding.

The role of a governor

The role of a school governor is to contribute to the work of the governing body in raising standards of achievement for all pupils.

This involves:

  • making sure there is clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding senior leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils
  • making sure the performance management of staff is effective and efficient
  • overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

Your responsibility, as a governor, is to the staff and pupils of Cranbourne and the school’s wider community.

You must have an interest in our children’s future and be willing to contribute and make a difference. You must respect the need for confidentiality and be able to work as part of a team.

Our governors act with integrity, objectivity, honesty and in the best interests of Cranbourne.

A governor's duties

Our governors are volunteers who attend meetings. They work together to further Cranbourne’s development.

Together with the headteacher, responsibilities of our governing body include:

  • developing Cranbourne’s strategic plan
  • determining our aims, policies and priorities
  • setting our school’s targets
  • monitoring and evaluating the school
  • deciding on the number of staff
  • overseeing the use of our budget
  • securing high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour

As governors, we provide our amazing headteacher with support and advice, drawing on our knowledge and experience. We ask searching questions and respect our headteacher’s position as the professional leader of the school.

We don’t get involved in operational or day-to-day activities. Our headteacher and her wonderful team are far better qualified than us!

A governor's time commitments

The amount of time each person gives to the role will vary.

You will need to be willing to:

  • prepare for meetings - there will be papers that need reading
  • attend meetings - our governing body meets 3 times a term, in the evenings

Managing commitments as a full-time worker

Many of our governors are in full-time work and most of our meetings take place in the evening.

Bear in mind that you might want to spend time getting to know Cranbourne in other ways. You may want to attend activities, which could take place during the daytime.

Support for governors

As a new Cranbourne Primary School governor, we can provide you with:

  • an induction programme covering roles and responsibilities
  • further training on a wide range of activities
  • a clerk to provide administrative and procedural support
  • out of pocket expenses, but being a governor isn’t a paid role

If you would like to know more about being part of our governor team, please email our clerk Jo at