Become a governor

Are you interested in becoming a governor at one of our academies?

The organisation

CHAT Academies is a limited company with the objective of delivering high quality education at all of its academies via a broad and balanced curriculum for pupils and students from the local community. Trust has an income of £14 million, employing approximately 350 staff.

The Board of Trustees sets the Trust’s broad strategy and has responsibility for the Trust’s educational performance, finance, premises, staffing, audit and for complying with legislative and other requirements. This is overseen by sub committees of the Board. 

The Trust has five academies comprising four primaries and one secondary; each with its own Local Governing Body which is also responsible for monitoring, measuring and reviewing educational performance and progress.

The  role of governor

Joining the Local Governing Body as a governor offers you the opportunity to make a real contribution to the life and work of the academy.

Governors play a key role in the strategic leadership of the academy. They monitor and review progress against the academy development plan objectives and targets, oversee safeguarding and make recommendations with regard to budget and premises. 

Being a governor can be very rewarding and will provide you with the opportunity to work as part of a team and gain new skills. Don’t worry if you have no experience as support will be available from the academy and your colleagues on the Local Governing Body. We are also currently developing training sessions for governors of all academies across Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust.

Further details can be found in the governors terms of reference featured in the related forms and documents section below. The most important duty of governors is to attend regular Local Governing Body evening meetings and be able to visit the Academy during the day. You should be sure that you are committed and available to do so before applying.

Types of governor

When at full capacity, our governing bodies have nine members which comprise:-

3 x Staff

Appointed by election

The Headteacher will always sit on the governing body

Where a vacancy is advertised, staff may nominate themselves for a position at any of our academies

2 x Parents

Appointed by election

Where a vacancy is advertised, parents may nominate themselves for a position at the academy where there child attends.

A parent who may also be an employee of the Trust can only be considered as a staff governor

4 x Co-opted

Appointed by the governing body

Co-opted governors are members of the community who wish to make a contribution to one of our academy schools

Co-opted governors cannot be Trust staff or a parent of the academy which their child attends

Relevant skills and experience

We want our Governors to be interested in serving the local community and who have relevant skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  •     Education and learning
  •     Leadership, target setting, monitoring and evaluating performance and programmes
  •     Communicating with diverse groups
  •     Financial management
  •     Legal matters
  •     Fundraising
  •     Recruitment and personnel management, including knowledge of employment legislation
  •     Public relations
  •     Marketing
  •     Computers and information technology
  •     Community engagement

Personal Qualities

Important personal qualities are:

  •     Integrity
  •     An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities and adherence to our Code of Conduct
  •     A willingness and ability to devote necessary time and effort to the duties of Governor, including visits to academies, and to utilise experience and skills
  •     Strategic vision, good and independent judgment and ability to think creatively
  •     A willingness to express personal views in an open and constructive way.

Parent and staff governor vacancies

Parents and staff will be informed if there is a vacancy on the governing body, a time frame in which nominations can be submitted and to where they should be directed (usually the academy office).

Elections will be held where the number of received nominations exceeds the number of vacant positions.

Co-opted governor vacancies

Members of the community interested in becoming a co-opted governor at one of our academies can either check the academy website for vacancies or submit an email enquiry to  

A Co-opted governor nomination form and additional information can be found in the related forms and documents section below.

A representative of CHAT Academies will then contact you to arrange an informal discussion, possible site visit or try to answer any questions you may have.

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