Become a Governor

The role of a governor can be very rewarding, and volunteering within our schools will provide you with the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to your local community and the future of our young people. Governors ensure students are receiving the best education possible and that all resources are being used effectively to support this ambition. A governing body is made up of a group of people who will contribute various skills and experience, and who will commit to working together for the benefit of the trust and the local communities in which we work.

The Role of the Local Governing Body (LGB)

The school LGB is to support the Cockburn Multi-academy Trust Board in delivering the Strategic Plan, whilst ensuring the clarity of the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the academy, which aligns with the Strategic Plan. The LGB holds heads of school and senior leaders to account for the educational performance of the school. The LGB will actively embrace community, parental and staff engagement to raise the profile of the school within the locality and beyond and support in staff recruitment and retention, making Cockburn MAT the employer of choice. The LGB is passionate about education and committed to continuous school improvement to ensure the best possible outcomes for our students.

We have vacancies for Governors and Trustees

How school governors work

School governors are the largest volunteer group in the country and are drawn from all walks of life. What governors share is a passionate belief that all children deserve to have access to effective schools.

Are you enthusiastic about education? Would you like to make a contribution to your local community? If so, then you might be  just the person we need. 

 We are looking for committed people to join Cockburn Multi-academy Trust (Cockburn MAT) as Trustees and Governors

We have a number of vacancies in the Trust and would welcome applications from people with experience in:

* Finance (Accountant, Finance Manager etc.)

* Human Resources

* Marketing

* Health and Safety (H&S officer, union rep etc.)

* Capital projects management

The Local Governing Bodies are made up of parent, staff, and co-opted governors.

The recruitment process initially requires you to complete an application form available.

Governor Application Form

The next stage is the completion of a skills audit, to allow the Governing Body and Trust Board to understand your skill set.

The final stage is an interview.

The Local Governing Body operate at a strategic level and are not involved in the day-to-day running of the school/academy. They are responsible for both the conduct of the school/academy and for the promotion of high standards.

They carry out this role by; ensuring that the school/academy works efficiently and effectively towards achieving the Vision, and that the school/academy provides a high quality education for its pupils. This is done by building a thorough knowledge of the school/academy and its community, by both supporting and constructively challenging the school/academy, and by ensuring accountability and compliance.

The Cockburn MAT Board Trustees have overall responsibility and ultimate decision making authority for all work of Cockburn MAT including the establishing and running of academies.

Governors and Trustees need not be experts in the field of education. What they do need is an interest in the school/academy and in the welfare of its pupils, together with the time and willingness to get involved. The skills you have can be very useful to the Trust.

Governors and Trustees also need soft skills – the ability to be able to build relationships with a range of people, to be able to work as part of a team, to be able to question, and to make connections between different types of information.

For further information please contact Sharon Burns, Chief Operating Officer, on in the first instance.