Chair of Governors

We are a family of three small Church Infant Schools based in the villages of Copythorne, Lyndhurst and Netley Marsh, who all work closely together under the leadership of our Federation Headteacher and Governing Body. In partnership with our parents, we aim to ensure children grow up to lead safe, happy, healthy and successful lives by providing the highest standard of education within a Christian environment, giving the opportunity for each child to attain their own, full potential.

With Federation status we are in the exceptional position of each of our three schools being able to share expertise and resources and are therefore able to achieve more together than any one school can individually. However, as you will see for yourself, it is important to us to retain each of our three schools’ unique and individual characters within their own community.

We are looking for an inspirational and strategic leader, who can collaborate with our Executive Head Teacher and colleagues on the Governing Body to continue our Federation's journey. Set in the beautiful New Forest, all three village infant schools are currently OFSTED rated Good. The Oaks Federation aims to provide the highest standard of education within a Christian environment. We place a strong focus on reasearch to continuously improve outcomes for our pupils and develop our staff:

To find out more information about this volunteer position and to apply, please contact us via the volunteer site.

Please answer the questions below and send your responses to Marie Kirk included in the above.

Application Questions

·         In 1-2 sentences, please describe how your previous experience is relevant to this role? Why are you a good fit for this job?

·         What about this role excites you and made you want to apply? Please describe your interest in working with us.


We are looking for a chair who can:

·         demonstrate passion for the holistic education and wellbeing of children

·         facilitate the board of Governors to set the strategic vision for the federation

·         inspire the senior leadership team to deliver great education to all

·         lead a team of enthusiastic governors

·         ensure that the children remain at the heart of this governing body's decision making.


We can offer

·         a real opportunity to make a difference

·         a skilled, supportive and proactive board of Governors

·         training and development

·         three rural schools set within a six mile radius in the New Forest

·         fun and friendly team

The Chair is a critical role working in collaboration with the Executive Head Teacher and governing body. Ensuring that the governing body functions effectively within the law and always upholds the highest professional standards.

In collaboration with the governing body, this volunteer position is responsible for:

Working within the guidance provide clear leadership and maintain focus on core strategic functions. Including but not limited to:

·         Recruitment of senior staff

·         Satisfaction survey staff and parents

·         Retention of staff

·         Monitoring and reviewing action plans against key deliverables.

• Working with the Head to promote and maintain high standards of educational achievement
• Ensure that the governing body sets a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school
• Ensure that the governing body holds the Head to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and for the performance management of staff including the Executive Head Teacher.
• Ensure oversight of the financial performance of the school and the effective use of the schools’ resources.
• Along with the Senior Leadership team, ensure the Christian values that underpin the culture, behaviours, relationships, and spirit of the school permeate every aspect of school life.
• Leading the governing body team at time of inspection representing the governing body to the external agencies
• Responsible for ensuring that all governing body members understand what is expected of them and receive appropriate induction training and development.
• Responsible for setting the culture of the governing body, encouraging effective teams delivering against the strategic plans.
• Working closely with the clerk, to ensure compliance, set agendas for meetings and administer paperwork on behalf the governing body
• Develop and maintain a great working relationship with the Executive Head Teacher, enabling mutual support which is encouraging and challenging.
• Conduct themselves in manner that demonstrates integrity and trust.
• Responsible for attending training to increase their skill and knowledge on how to effectively chair a governing body.


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

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