Clerk to School Governing Boards

£30,000 - £39,999
10 Nov 2019
12 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Part Time
The Role

Do you have the enthusiasm, commitment and skills to help support governing board business?

Would you like the opportunity to help shape and influence the governing boards on constitutional matters, duties and powers?

Does a role where you can work flexibly and independently appeal to you?

If yes, we have the perfect role for you!

We are looking for a clerk to join our School Standards and Improvement Service team on a part-time, fixed term basis until 31 March 2020, with a possible extension.

Wandsworth Governor Services is a successful and well-regarded organisation offering professional support and advice, including clerking to school governing boards in Wandsworth and beyond. As a result of the continuing development of the service, we are recruiting additional clerks.

Governing Boards set the strategic direction, hold school leadership to account and oversee the school's financial performance. Ofsted consider the quality of a school's governance to be a key element in the Leadership & Management judgement. We offer a range of support packages to these school governing boards with a focus on clerking, governance advice and information, as well as links to training.

The clerk's role is best suited to candidates with an interest in education, strong interpersonal, time management and administrative skills. It offers a part-time, flexible job, working both at home and in schools. The role requires you to work independently, but with support from the central Governor Services team. Your key accountabilities will include the provision of professional advice to Chairs of Governors and Headteacher, as well as support to ensure that governing board meetings run effectively. You will be expected to take high quality minutes; training will be provided.

To be shortlisted to interview for this position your CV and supporting statement will clearly evidence:
  • That you are organized and self-motivated
  • Are able to work independently and remotely
  • Have clear and concise note taking skills
  • Have the ability to be diplomatic, persuasive and influence

Additional information

This is a part time position (7.5 hours per week). The weekly working pattern will vary considerably with no set pattern, according to the meeting schedule of the boards. This is usually planned by schools ahead of each academic year. Boards meet mainly mid-week evenings in term time, so the workload is focused then with school holiday periods clear.

For an informal conversation about this role, please contact Keith Revell (Governor Services Manager) on 07795 159 864.


In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops, and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities are also offered.

Richmond and Wandsworth are currently reviewing our pay, reward and benefits framework, in partnership with Trade Union colleagues. We are developing different options that make sure we have a fair and transparent system in place.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline
  • Closing Date: Sunday 10th November 2019
  • Shortlisting Date: Week Commencing 18th November 2019
  • Interview Date: To be confirmed

Useful Information:

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change.

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Equality statement

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information:

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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