37 days remaining to apply

  • Closing date

    8 January 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    6 November 2023

Job details

Visa sponsorship

No, visa sponsorship not available

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£6,764.00 Annually (Actual) Actual Salary based on FTE Salary of £28,371

Clerk to the Governing Body job summary

post:                Clerk to the Governing Body

Location:        Cowes Enterprise College - An Ormiston Academy

Hours:              10 Hours per week, 40 Weeks per Year

Permanent Part-Time Contract

Due to the retirement of our current long-standing clerk, we are seeking a clerk to work on a part time basis to attend 23 meetings per year and carry out associated clerking duties. The primary role of the Clerk to the Governors is to provide and organise an efficient administrative service. You will also provide guidance to ensure the Governing Board is compliant with legal requirements and advise on procedural matters. You will need to be able to attend evening meetings at the school.

The meetings and associated admin time equate to a notional 10 hours per week, 40.00 weeks per year, worked according to the requirements of the Academy. You are required to work each week during term time plus an additional 10 days during occasional/school closures at times agreed with the Principal

You may be required to attend additional meetings and work such additional hours as may be necessary for the proper performance of your duties from time to time. If this is in excess of your notional hours you will be paid for these additional hours upon the prior agreement of your line manager. 

Reporting to the Chair of Governors and the Principal, your main duties will consist of: 

  • Advise the governing body on governance, procedural, and constitutional matters.
  • Provide administrative support to the governing body and other committees as agreed.
  • Provide advice to ensure the governing body is correctly constituted.
  • Effectively manage information in accordance with legal requirements.
  • Liaise with OAT central governance team in discharging the above duties and responsibilities

Our ideal candidate will have experience of: 

  • Organising meetings: writing agendas, along with accurate and concise minutes
  • Using the internet to access relevant information
  • Developing and maintaining contacts with outside agencies
  • Record keeping and Information retrieval
  • Dissemination of governing body data and documentation
  • Governor Hub

Knowledge of the respective roles and responsibilities of the governing body and Educational legislation is an advantage but not essential as full training will be provided with support from the experienced Governance Team at OAT head office.

We are keen to ensure that we support the physical and mental wellbeing of our staff, this pledge is further supported by our Staff Charter.   Staff are provided with a laptop and many have their own classrooms.  We offer access to an employee advice service which provides information, helpful resources, and a counselling service.  A discount programme provided by the Ormiston Academies Trust for all staff.  Discounted membership is available for local leisure facilities which include a gym.  Staff are able to access travel discounts for ferries and we provide eye sight tests for VDU users and annual flu vaccinations.  We have free parking on site and we also ensure that tea and coffee is available for you during breaktime!

The closing date for this post is Monday 8th January 2024.  Early applications are encouraged and we reserve the right to close the vacancy early if a suitable candidate is found.

Please apply via our Trust Careers site: www.oatcareers.co.uk.  Your application should include a section explaining your interest in this post and why your qualifications, professional experience and knowledge, professional expertise and personal attributes are relevant to this appointment as detailed in this advert.

Cowes Enterprise College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. 

Suitability checks will be undertaken in accordance with KCSIE, including identity, Right to Work, qualifications, Prohibition check, online checks, two references and enhanced DBS check including Children’s Barred List.

Commitment to safeguarding

Cowes Enterprise College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. Suitability checks will be undertaken in accordance with KCSIE, including identity, Right to Work, qualifications, Prohibition check, two references and enhanced DBS check including Children’s Barred List.

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About Cowes Enterprise College, An Ormiston Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 19
Education phase
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School size
1238 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19

Rachel Kitley, Principal

Cowes Enterprise College, situated on the Isle of Wight, minutes from the mainland and international links yet also minutes from the beach, is a wonderful place to work.

The work of everyone at Cowes Enterprise College is defined by the children that we serve. Their future is our purpose and the purpose of everyone who works across the Ormiston Academies Trust. Educating for life is what Cowes Enterprise College is about: developing a love of learning and preparing students for life itself and all it presents to us. Our aim is for students to fulfil their limitless potential – through perseverance and effort.

We don’t select our students, but we do select our staff. We look for highly trained and dedicated staff to be here to support, guide and inspire our students so that whatever their starting point when they arrive, our students will leave with the world at their feet – equipped and ready to continue their learning through apprenticeships, at university and throughout their careers.

We aim to provide the best opportunities – academic, cultural and sporting – and a sense of moral and social responsibility so that each child realises that humanity is their business and the common good their aim. We take our mission to educate for life seriously and this is epitomised by the student entitlement to a key set of experiences summarised in the student charter. We provide our children with a rich and dynamic curriculum and draw upon our local context to show our pupils why they should be proud of our island.

You will be joining team that Ofsted said ‘focuses relentlessly on the quality of teaching and on the progress pupils make’ and should be prepared to do the same. We are proud of our strong results however recognise that there is much work yet to do and our high expectations mean this work will be relentless and ongoing. Our mission to educate for life doesn’t stop with our pupils.

We have a research driven approach to leadership, management and professional development. Taking what is best from the world of education and translating that into our classrooms. We also know that to have high expectations we also need to provide a high level of support for everyone in our community. That is why we have a staff charter, a public promise to all our staff, and make the most of our national network in order to develop staff. From September our professional development network will extend significantly as we work in partnership with HISP Teaching School Hub. We are the Isle of Wight base where we will deliver high quality nationally recognised and accredited courses by island teachers for island teachers. As part of this work we will also working with the HISP Research School and the Education Endowment Foundation to take part in cutting edge education research.

If you have not visited us before we have a comprehensive virtual tour which allows you to get a feel for our amazing facilities, along with a wealth of information on our website. We must succeed, because these are not just other people’s children. They are also our children. Not even one should be allowed to fail while there is more we could have done to change their story.

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