Lydeard St. Lawrence Primary
Clerk to the Board of Governors
Lydeard St Lawrence Community Primary School is seeking a Clerk to the Board of Governors. We are a small, rural primary school, with around 80 children.
The board, through its appointed and elected governors, plays a distinctive and essential role in the continuing success and development of the school.
The clerk’s job is to work with the chair, other governors and the headteacher in dealing with administrative matters for the board and advising on procedural issues of governance and the board’s statutory duties. Central to the role is preparing for, taking notes at and producing minutes for meetings, publishing required documents and maintain the governor areas of the school website and Somerset Learning Platform.
The post involves some evening work and the successful candidate should be available at other times during the day. Good keyboard skills and the ability to draft agendas and produce accurate concise minutes are essential. Integrity and the ability to maintain confidentiality are essential.
New clerks receive advice, support and training from the SSE-Somerset Governance Services Team and our clerk is required to attend termly briefings in the locality to update themselves on the latest developments in governance.
The post will involve 10-12 hours work to prepare for, attend and follow up each meeting of the governing body. Typically, in a school year there will be 8 evening meetings each lasting up to 2.5 hours. In addition, the clerk takes short minutes of the finance committee, which meets up to 6 times per year for less than 1 hour, normally immediately before the governing body meeting. In addition, the clerk will need to work for up to 30 hours during the school year to support governor recruitment, complaints and other activities.
The clerk may be asked to take on additional work according to need and extra hours may be allocated for this, typically up to 20hrs pa. The School has budgeted for 100 hours Clerk time pa plus 20 hours pa contingency.
The post of Clerk to the Governing Body has been evaluated using Somerset’s Job Evaluation Scheme at Grade 13: (£19,696 – £21,748) full time equivalent salary.
Further information can be obtained by contacting the Chair of Governors and an application made via the Apply Now button.