Rowan Gate Primary School is a successful SEN school with sites at Rushden and Wellingborough in Northamptonshire.
We are looking for a local volunteer who has accountancy/finance and possibly local business knowledge to become a governor on our governing board (meetings six times a year) and on Finance and Personnel Subcommittee (meeting four times a year) in the evenings between 7 - 9 pm in Rushden.
Governors have important role to play - they are collectively responsibility for financial decisions that are made in the context of how the school is run and are answerable to parents and the wider community.
The Governing Body, supported by information and advice provided by the Head Teacher, decides the strategic direction of the school.
Governor role includes:
Managing the school budget, consider the annual budget plan, approve the budget, consider and approve any proposed revisions to the budget plan.
Decide on how to spend delegated budget depending on any conditions set out in the LA scheme within the financial year.
Decide whether to delegate their powers to spend the delegated budget to the Head Teacher. If so, they should establish the financial limits of delegated authority.
Being consulted by the Local Authority (LA) on significant changes to the LA’s fair funding.
Make sure accurate accounts are kept
Determine the staff complement and a pay policy for the school (in accordance with School Teachers Pay and Conditions).
Act as a ‘critical friend’ to the Head Teacher by providing advice, challenge and support.
Establish a written performance management policy to govern staff appraisal, after making sure that all staff have been consulted.
Governors will be expected to undertake a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service check), initial governor training and school financial management training.
The school's budget restrictions mean that the budget is a huge challenge for governors and the schools leadership.