We are looking to appoint an independent, proactive and efficient Clerk to the Governing Board to start as soon as possible. This is a key role providing administrative and procedural advice to the Governing Board, reporting to the Chair of Governors.
This vital position ensures the effectiveness of the Governing Board by meeting the administrative and procedural requirements and enabling the board to have successful discussions. It is essential that the post holder acts independently from the operational running of the school, and confidentiality of sensitive data is paramount.
Primarily the clerk is responsible for preparing agendas in consultation with the Chair of Governors and Headteacher; taking and writing up the minutes of areas discussed by Governors, and distributing documentation and other information to the Governing Board. Several tasks must be completed annually to comply with legal requirements and The Clerk to Governors is responsible for ensuring these matters are attended to efficiently. The Clerk will also need to become familiar with the DFE’s Governance Handbook and provide accurate advice to Governors, as necessary.
The school pays a fixed amount of 16 hours per month term time only but the hours the Clerk works are variable. Some months the Clerk may work less than 16 hours per month and other months more than 16 hours per month – it is expected that the hours the Clerk works will average out at 16 hours per month during the school year, and is tracked via a timesheet.
There are usually 4 meetings of the full Governing Board per year but attendance at the Committee Meetings, of which there are 3 each holding one meeting per term will be required, as will attendance at any rare extraordinary full Governing Board Meetings. All meetings start at 6pm, 6.30pm or 7pm and last on average two hours. A willingness and ability to attend all meetings is essential.
The successful candidate will also be expected to attend termly briefing session held by the Local Authority which are held during the working day and also take advantage of other training sessions that may be offered.
Good literacy, numeracy and IT skills are essential. The job requires someone who is a good communicator, who works well on their own using their own initiative and as part of a team. It is expected the successful applicant will work from home using their own computer.
Interviews: Friday 13th September
Bracknell Forest Council – Working for Equality. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.
How to apply
Please apply online (see link below) or contact the school for further details. We will only accept applications on Bracknell Forest application forms, please do NOT forward your CV.
We are an equal opportunities employer and are committed to providing equality of opportunity to all. Our aim is to treat all employees and prospective employees with integrity, respect and consideration.
We aim to ensure that individuals are recruited, selected, trained and promoted on the basis of ability, job requirements, skills, aptitudes and other objective criteria. In this respect we will ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, marital status or disability, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which are not covered by legislation or existing codes of practice.
We are a Disability Symbol User and as such have made a commitment to guarantee an interview to all applicants with a disability who meet the essential criteria of the person specification.
To help us with our commitment to this guarantee, please indicate if you have a disability on your application form.
Bracknell Forest Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children/young people and expects all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices share this commitment.
This position requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check because it involves contact with (or access to data concerning) children/young people/adults at risk. On your application form, you will need to tell us about any spent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings which may later appear on your DBS Certificate.
To find out more about the application process for working with children, young people and adults at risk visit https://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/applying-job/applications-work-children-young-people-or-adults-risk
The Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) has responsibility for working together to oversee the safety and well-being of children and young people in Bracknell Forest. Find out more about the LSCB at https://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/keeping-adults-and-children-safe/protecting-children/safeguarding-children-board
Pre–employment medical check
You may be asked about your physical ability to perform the job during interview. As a condition of the Offer of Employment, the successful applicant will be asked to complete an Occupational Health questionnaire from which our Occupational Health Advisor will assess your medical suitability to do the job. You may be required to attend a medical examination.
On your application form you will be asked to provide the names and addresses of two people who will provide a reference. At least one should be from your current/most recent employer. If you are not currently working with children/adults at risk but have done so in the past it is important that a reference is obtained from the employer by whom you were most recently employed working with children/adults at risk.
Employment references must be provided by your current or most recent line manager and will not be accepted from relatives or people writing solely in the capacity of friends. However, your referees may include someone you know with standing in the community i.e. a teacher, vicar etc.
We take up references for all shortlisted candidates and wherever possible we like to apply for these prior to interview.