Job Title: Trustee
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Watford
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: WSJ-101
Contact Name: Donna Knight-Olds
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 12, 2021 16:34

Job Description

A fantastic opportunity has arisen to be part of the Governing Board for St John’s Church of England Primary School in the next stage of our journey.    Being a school Trustee is a chance to make a real difference for our children, school team and local community. 

A vacancy has arisen on our Governing Board due to the relocation of one of our Trustees.  We are seeking a Trustee with knowledge, skills, enthusiasm as well as experience in accountancy and finance.  You should be willing to chair our Finance and Resources Committee and report on its work to the full Governing Board.  In this role you will be working to support  the School Business Manager and finance team by advising on budgets and the annual accounts as well as the schools financial operating procedures.  As a Single Academy Trust, St John’s Church of England Primary School operates as a charitable company.  This is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to our young people and the local community. 

We are looking for someone who: 

  • is able and willing to abide by the Nolan Principles of Public Life

  • cares about high quality education being delivered to children

  • will commit to maintaining and developing the Christian vision and values of the school and promoting an understanding of other faiths and cultures

  • has an understanding of the importance of safeguarding children

  • is able to identify and assess risk to protect the Trust’s interests and to determine strategy 

  • has experience of finance including managing and planning of budgets (specifically for this position)


We offer: 

  • the opportunity to make a real ongoing difference at a crucial stage of development for our growing school

  • a warm, friendly and inclusive Christian environment with a supportive and friendly Governing Board 

  • the opportunity to gain experience in a director-level position

  • the chance to make a real difference for our children and community


If you are excited by this wonderful opportunity and would like to be part of our enthusiastic team, we warmly invite you to view our website.  


The best way for you to see what our school has to offer is to come and visit us. Please contact Donna Knight-Olds by email if you wish to learn more or to arrange a visit.  Our Clerk to the Governors will be happy to answer any initial questions and can put you in touch with our Headteacher or our Chair of Governors.  We can’t wait to meet you!


To apply, please send us a covering letter setting out your interest in the role and the experience that you bring, together with your CV, to or via post to 32 Clarendon Road, Watford, Hertfordshire WD17 1JJ. 

Applications close at 9:30am on Monday 13th December 2021 with a view to meeting with the Chair of Governors and headteacher at a mutually convenient time before the end of term (21 December 2021)


St John’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and all staff are expected to share in this commitment. Applicants will undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and an application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.  Appointment to this position will involve a check under Section 128 of the Education and Skills Act 2008, which prohibits unsuitable persons participating in the management of an academy.  

The School promotes the practice of using anonymised application forms to manage unconscious bias. 

Data Protection - All information gathered will be retained for the purpose of this specific recruitment process. Data of all unsuccessful applicants will be destroyed 6 months after the completion of this process.