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St Paul's Catholic
Primary School

Local Authority Governor Vacancy

St Paul’s Catholic Primary School Governing Board


St Paul’s Catholic Primary School are actively looking for a Local Authority Governor to join our Governing Board. The term of office is four years from the date of appointment.

Each individual governor is responsible for contributing to the board’s discussions and in meeting its three core functions Boards may choose to, and in some cases should, appoint specific governors to link to specific areas e.g. safeguarding, special educational needs and disability (SEND)

Core Functions - 

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Local Authority Governors are appointed by the Local Authority.

Eligibility: A LA governor is nominated by their LA to the governing board, but it is for the governing board to agree whether to appoint them. It is for the governing board to decide whether the LA’s nominee has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school and meets any other eligibility criteria they have set.

An individual eligible to be a staff governor at the school may not be appointed as a LA governor. An individual does not need to work for the LA to be eligible to be nominated. LA governors may be removed from office by the LA that nominated them. A governing board must have one LA governor. Role: A LA governor is a representative of the local authority.

The role of a LA governor is the same as any other governor, including providing a ‘LA viewpoint’, and they should participate in the same way as other governors. They are not required to be affiliated to a political party, although they should be aware of local issues.

The governors of a school work as a team, in close co-operation with the headteacher and all the staff. 

To deliver the best for our pupils, staff, parents/carers and whole community we need a full complement of governors. To operate effectively, a governing board must have governors with a variety of skills who are willing to share ideas and workload and provide support and challenge in equal measure.

We are looking for FINANCIAL EXPERTISE to complement our board. If you have the time and enthusiasm to be a school governor to help enrich our children’s educational experience they please complete the application form below.

If you would like to find out more about the role or chat to one of our existing governors before making a commitment, then please contact the clerk to governors

Find out more at School Governors and Clerks - West Berkshire Council