We are currently recruiting for 2 Co-opted Governors and a Parent Governor.
Co-opted governors form a key part of the governing body, bringing skills and expertise in specific areas as well as a more independent view of the school's strategic direction.
Parent governors are welcomed as valued members of the team and play a vital role in ensuring the governing body is aware of the views of parents and the local community. We feel sure that there are parents prepared to take on this important role and give their time and commitment to helping us to continue to improve the school's performance. For parent governors, if we receive more applications thanthere are vacancies, a secret ballot will be carried out.
What does a governing board do?
The school’s governing board is responsible for:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school
- Holding the school leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of the school
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent
The board is passionate about education and committed to continuous school improvement to ensure the best possible outcomes for our pupils.
What we’re looking for
We are seeking governors with knowledge and skills in the following areas:
- Business management / Finance
- Special Educational Needs & Disabilities
What governors recieve
New governors will recieve an induction session in school with senior leaders and the Chair of Governors, as well as regular training opportunities on the role of a governor.
About our school
Meadowside Community Primary & Nursery School was built in 1954, and serves the urban areas of Longford, Orford and Poplars, about two miles north of Warrington town centre, just off the A49. It is sighted on Clough Avenue and used to be known as Long Lane Primary school.
We are a one form entry primary and nursery school which caters for pupils aged between 2 and 11 years. We also have an Early Years & KS1 Development Centre and a KS2 Designated Provision unit for children with cognition and learning difficulties. All children who attend these provisions have Education & Health Care Plans and are placed by the local authority (see the SEND pages on our school website).
Most pupils come from a concentrated area around the school but a proportion of those who attend the Development Centre and Designated Provision come from other areas of Warrington.
Meadowside’s contextual information indicates that our children reside in an area that is within the highest 3% of deprivation nationally. Evidence shows that of the children who persistently experience poverty, 75% arrive at school below average in language development ('Communication Trust, Talking About A Generation', 2017). A child in a low income household, over their early years of life, will hear 30 million less words. Therefore we have created a curriculum filled with learning to talk and learning through talk, ensuring opportunities to acquire a rich and varied vocabulary, delivered in language-rich classrooms.
In 2019 Meadowside made the exciting decision to become part of The Challenge Academy Trust (TCAT), after developing highly effective partnerships with the schools involved in this multi academy trust. For more information on TCAT and the schools involved, please visit the website http://www.tcat.uk.com/
In 2020 we became a Flagship School for inclusivity with Inclusion Quality Mark, acknowledging our determination to provide all of our learners a school they can thrive in.
What we require of governors
In terms of time commitment, we expect that governors will attend up to 6 meetings a year, which will usually take place at 4pm on a Thursday, lasting up to 2 hours. Occasional visits to see the school in action would be most welcome.
Experience tells us that our governors not only make a difference to the school, but also gain much personal and professional satisfaction from the role.
We’re happy to talk with anyone interested, or arrange a visit to the school if you’d like to find out more. Please feel free to email us at email@example.com or call us on 01925 632705
An application form can be downloaded below and emailed to the school office at the email stated above.
Please note that for the protection of children all governor appointments are subject to an identity check.