Safeguarding Governor- Dean Close Foundation

Published: Thursday August 18, 2022

Safeguarding Governor

Are you interested in becoming a governor at a Christian independent school?  If so, Dean Close in Cheltenham is looking to some new people to join its Council.

Dean Close has grown significantly in recent years, and is now a group of 5 schools and 6 nurseries, with over 700 staff and 1500 pupils.   It has a specifically Christian ethos within the education it provides at all ages, from babies to 18 year-olds.  See  https://www.deanclose.org.uk

The Foundation has a strong, two-tier governing body comprised of volunteers with a wide range of background experience and skills, who are all willing to contribute to the strategic oversight of Dean Close.   However, Dean Close is keen to widen its membership base and gain new Council members who have complementary knowledge and expertise.   Membership of the Council is not onerous in terms of formal meetings, which take place twice a year; the Board of Trustees, drawn from among the Council, meets more frequently and is more closely involved with the detailed work of the schools and nurseries. The Foundation is interested in discussing either Council or Board membership with appropriately qualified and experienced individuals who might find this work interesting and rewarding.

It could be that you have previous educational background, but this isn’t essential.   What is important is a willingness to contribute, to give time, to provide objective input and advice, and to support the Christian principles on which Dean Close is founded.    Maybe you have business and financial skills, or health & safety knowledge, or you work in property or development, or marketing. Whatever your experience, this is an exciting opportunity to be part of an organisation investing in the futures of the younger generations.

In particular, with safeguarding being of core importance within all educational establishments, the Foundation is seeking someone with specific safeguarding experience, who would be able to assist in providing expert oversight and knowledge of the key issues.  While there are a number of trustees who have safeguarding links to individual schools by liaising with the DSLs, the aim is to find someone with expert knowledge of current regulations and requirements, who can meet with the lead Foundation DSL regularly, ensure policies and annual audits are up-to-date, check that trustees’ training is current, and monitor/advise the other less-experienced safeguarding trustees.

Additionally, with the recent growth of its Little Trees Nurseries group, which are based in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Chepstow and Newport, Dean Close is seeking new governors with nursery or early years’ experience.

The process for anyone that wants to get involved, is for them to be considered by the Nominations Committee, after which they are invited in to meet the Chairman of the Trustees and the Warden (CEO) of the Foundation, so they can hear more about the Foundation ethos and structure and for them to ask questions.  If they wish to proceed and join the Council, then their name is put forward for Council members to vote on.  This process gives the potential governor time to consider this volunteer role, and for the Foundation to get to know them and see if their skills are relevant.

So, if this is of interest, then please contact the Warden’s PA in the first instance, by sending your cv and a short email in explanation to

 

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