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Clerk to the Governing Body

Sandy Lane School
From £9.68 to £11.24 per hour dependent on experience
Sandy Lane Primary School, Sandy Lane, Bracknell
Working Pattern:
Approx 20 to 25 hours per month.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
27/01/2019 at 23:55 PM
Sandy Lane School

Sandy Lane Primary School is a large, vibrant school, situated on the outskirts of Bracknell town centre.  We have a nurturing and inclusive community with a safe, happy and inspirational environment.  The school is driven by the leadership team which includes the governing body, who play a key role in strategic direction.  To help continue Sandy Lane’s development journey the governing body is seeking to appoint a new clerk.  

Part time - approximately 20 to 25 hours per month

This is a key role providing administrative and procedural advice to the Governing Body, 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.

 Primarily the clerk is responsible for preparing agendas in consultation with the head teacher and the Chair of Governors; taking and writing up the minutes at Governors’ meetings, and distributing documentation and other information to the Governing Body. The Clerk will also need to become familiar with the DfE’s Governance Handbook, and provide accurate advice to Governors as necessary.

 There are usually five meetings of the full Governing Body per year but attendance at additional committee meetings will be required. These are usually held at 7pm so willingness to attend evening meetings is essential.  The school will provide a laptop as document preparation will be carried out at home. 

The successful candidate will also be expected to attend two termly briefing sessions 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.  Ideally, the successful candidate will have document management and minute taking experience coupled with a track record in working within a process driven environment.  Applications from existing clerks who wish to work for more than school will be welcome.  

Closing Date: Sunday 27th January 2019

Interview Date: Thursday 31st January 2019 

For more information or to arrange a visit to our school, please contact our school business manager via email at the following address sbm@sandylanebracknell.com.

This School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment.  All staff employed in the school must be aware that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be undertaken.





Equal Opportunities

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.

Equal Opportunities

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.

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