Vacancies on the boards of governors of six different schools in Penarth are currently being advertised – with a deadline of Thursday September 22nd.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council is hoping to attract new governors who will – in effect – represent the council as the Local Education Authority on each of the governing bodies.
The six schools in Penarth with current vacancies on the governing bodies are :-
- Albert Primary
- Cogan Nursery
- St Cyres Comprehensive
- Dinas Powys Primary
- Fairfield Primary
- Ysgol Pen y Garth (Penarth’s only Welsh medium school)
The Vale Council vacancy notice points out that if monoglot English speakers are appointed to as governors of Penarth’s Welsh-medium school – Ysgol Pen-y-Garth – they won’t be at a disadvantage because “meetings of Welsh Medium Schools are not all conducted in Welsh, and that where they are, translation facilities are provided.”
Those who wish to apply for a seat on any of these governing bodies need to fill in an application form issued by the Vale of Glamorgan Council. Each application will then be considered by the council’s Local Authority Governor Appointments Panel.
There is no formal face-to-face interview in the process. The panel says it will consider each application “on the basis of the contribution applicants can bring to a school in terms of their skills and experience. “
However Vale Council sets out what appears to be a “Catch 22” requirement saying “Factors for consideration include experience as an effective school governor measured in terms of possession of relevant skills, knowledge and experience including skills that match the challenges of the individual school”.
This requirement appears to suggest that applicants need to have already been governors before they apply . In practice however, the Appointments Panel has selected people with no previous experience as governors – as it did in the most recent round of appointments for Stanwell School’s board of governors when – controversially – two long-standing governors were replaced by two new governors who, it was alleged, had little or no previous experience. [ See PDN http://tinyurl.com/zb3lfat ]
The Vale Council says the applicants for the current vacancies in the six Penarth schools should have “a knowledge of modern education issues”, a commitment to turn-up regularly at governing body meetings and should be prepared to attend “governor training courses to update their skills and knowledge”.
Cllr Chris Franks (Plaid Dinas Powys) who is a member of the appointment committee told PDN “Our aim is to attract governors with a wide range of skills. All too often not enough people put themselves forward. The Vale has pressed some of the larger local employers to inform their staff of governor vacancies. I would encourage readers to offer themselves to be governors.”
Anyone interested in applying and receiving an “application pack” can contact Janine Hoare at the Vale of Glamorgan council by email at JHoare@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk or call on 01446 709107. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is Noon on Thursday September 22rd.