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Academy Governor


GCE Trust,Copleston High School,Rose Hill School,Britannia Primary and Nursery School

Job Type:

Part time



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Have you ever considered becoming an academy governor?


Gippeswyk Community Education Trust is a partnership of academies located in Ipswich and surrounding areas and we are looking for volunteers to join our governor bodies in the primary or secondary phases. We are proud to serve the rich and diverse communities which comprise our catchments areas and particularly welcome inquiries from under-represented groups. Our aspiration is to have our Local Governing Bodies being more representative of our communities and catchment areas. We would also welcome inquiries from local companies who may wish to involve their staff in community-based activities as part of their Community Engagement Strategy.

 We believe in enabling our students’ aspirations to be successful academically and socially. We pride ourselves on our happy, caring, safe and stimulating learning community which encourages children to progress intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially.

We are looking for additional governors and are seeking to attract people with a range of knowledge, skills and experience from our communities who would like to dedicate some of their time to supporting our young people.

Being an academy governor is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It requires a commitment to attending regular meetings to consider all the issues that go into running a successful, happy, and well managed academy. Our meetings are a mix of academy based and on-line meetings. Local Governors are involved in their academy’s community, constructively supporting, and challenging the Principal and staff.  They can transform the lives of children and young people, helping to improve educational standards by working as a team to support and challenge senior leadership in the running of the academy.

The three key responsibilities for being a governor are

  • Giving the academy a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the academy and its pupils.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent.


Anyone age over 18 years old can be a governor (but there are some exceptions) and you do not need to be a parent. There is no requirement for you to understand the education system, just the necessary skills, character, and time to contribute.  Academies need and benefit from a range of professional knowledge on their own governing committees including education, finance, human resources, legal, marketing, and public relations, property and estates management and organisational change.


If you would like to discuss the role informally in the first instance, please contact Lindsey Misselbrook ( who would be delighted to facilitate a visit to one of our academies.