Co-Opted Governor Position

Most governors are now co-opted (become a governor by invitation).

LEO Academy Trust are seeking new Co-Opted School Governors to join our Local Governing Bodies called Academy Committees. As a Governor we would like you to have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance, aims and success of the school.  Governors perform the most important voluntary role in education and a full and diverse governing body can be a source of enormous strength to a school. 

What qualities are needed in a school governor?

  • enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education

  • being willing to question, analyse and learn

  • You don’t need teaching experience, but it’s useful to bring skills from other areas of your life. You will also develop skills as you work as a governor and attend training.

Desirable but not essential criteria:

  • Knowledge and background within an educational setting or primary school. Knowledge of school curriculum, school reports, school process and procedures, Ofsted, previous Governor expertise.

To ensure there is a broad and balanced local governing body, and ensure that there is independence from the school, at this time we will not be considering parents as co-opted governors.


What Is Involved In Being A Governor?

As a governor you will be able to:

  • use your own experience of education and life beyond school to inform conversation

  • develop and utilise your skills in a board-level environment

  • make a valuable contribution to education and your community

  • support and challenge the school so that it improves for pupils and staff

  • bring your unique experiences, perspectives and insights into decision-making in the interests of the school community.

There are four main elements to the role :

Meetings: Our schools currently have one Full Academy Committee Meeting per term which you would be required to attend. 

Reading: There is quite a lot to read before each meeting. You will be sent the Minutes of previous meetings, agenda papers for discussion, and materials relating to current issues: for example, new assessment arrangements; how to involve parents; updated Governance handbooks.

Visiting the school: This is to find out how well the school is providing for its children and managing its resources. Some visits will be linked to the School Development Plan; other visits will be linked to statutory monitoring duties, for example: keeping children safe; standards in learning and teaching. 

Training: You are encouraged to attend training regularly, starting with an induction course for new governors. There are also other courses on such topics as understanding data, the primary curriculum and so on.

Our existing Governors operate on a voluntary basis and they are dedicated to making a positive contribution to the development of Education in the area.

The Trust welcomes all applications and is keen to involve people of all ages and cultural backgrounds and strongly encourages applications from under-represented groups and from all sections of the communities served.

If you would like to explore the opportunity further please complete the LEO Trust application form: 

LEO Trust Application Form

The form requires you to write a short piece about yourself, saying something about the skills you would bring to the governing body and any relevant experience you have. The Trustees will then consider your suitability.   If appointed, your appointment would be subject to a successful DBS safeguarding check and references may also be required.

Thank you for your interest.

Dean Clark, Chair of Trustees