Expansion of the Governing Board

Following a governance review, the trust is combining the local governing boards (LGB) of two of our schools - Rye College and Rye Studio, reflecting closer alignment of the two schools at Key Stage 4.   

We need to recruit additional governors to achieve this transition.   

The role of the LGB

A key benefit of our multi academy trust is the ability, at local level, to focus on teaching and learning and raising standards rather than on the potential burdens of financial and HR management which are organised centrally. 

This enables our LGBs to concentrate upon their primary purpose of providing focused governance for our schools at a local level to raise standards and ensure all learners progress and achieve to their full potential.  The LGB monitors the schools’ key performance indicators and acts as a critical friend to the principal, providing challenge where appropriate.  The LGB also plays a part in representing the views of key stakeholders.

The full responsibilities of the LGB are set out in the terms of reference.

The delegation of governance functions within the trust is elaborated here

The role of governors

Our governors will possess good strategic awareness, critical listening and appraisal skills and the ability to ask the right probing questions.

We seek individuals who have an awareness of standards in public life, a determination to abide by them and the integrity to participate in collective decision-making in the best interests of our schools. What's really important is that you have the skills, time and commitment to help drive school improvement and the passion and ambition to achieve the best possible education for children and young people. 

You do not have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school.  No specific qualifications are required but there are certain requirements in respect of induction and training. 

It is important to note that governors have a strategic role rather than involvement in operational matters – i.e. governors do not manage a school day-to-day, but are required to oversee its long-term development.

Governors will be able to demonstrate:

  • An active interest in secondary and vocational education
  • A commitment to driving school improvement for the benefit of all learners
  • Ability to provide robust challenge and hold school leaders to account whilst listening to and respecting the views of others
  • A commitment to making an active contribution whilst working as part of a team  
  • A commitment to ongoing development and to getting to know the schools well, including effective induction
  • A commitment to promoting equality and diversity
  • The capacity to shape, implement and monitor policy

Desired skills and experience (in particular):

  • School governance (experience as a school governor or chair of governors)
  • Education management and governance (former senior leaders of schools)
  • Quality improvement, analysis and interpretation of data   

Time commitment
LGB meetings normally take place in the evening (5.30/6.00pm start).  The LGB meets monthly. 

The average time commitment is 10 - 15 hours per term. This includes meetings, background reading and school visits.

School governors are like magistrates or members of a jury and therefore have a right to reasonable time off work for their public duties (this may be unpaid). Check with your H.R. department for your company’s policy.

Term of office

School governors have a term of office of four years. However, as a volunteer you can resign at any time if your circumstances change.


Governing bodies rely on a variety of experiences and perspectives. No prior knowledge is required. Training and support is available for new and existing governors and is free of charge.  All new governors will be expected to attend a governor induction programme.

Next steps

The next step is for you to complete a short form giving us all your information and we will then invite you to have a conversation with us.  The form can be accessed here.

Please e-mail your completed form to sally.welch@ryeacademytrust.org    

Thank you for your interest.  


Rye Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding, safer recruitment and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.  All successful candidates will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) along with other relevant checks.

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