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Co-opted Governor Opportunity

Varndean Governors are seeking enthusiastic and committed individuals to join their effective cohesive team of people to hold the school to account, to shape the vision of the school and to set the strategic direction. We welcome expressions of interest from all parts of our community and actively seek to reflect the social and cultural diversity of our school community in our membership.

Varndean School is a truly exciting school to be involved in as a governor.

Our aim is that all our students should leave us equipped to achieve their full potential – in whatever field they choose. Underpinning this vision is our rich and varied curriculum, our stimulating range of out of school activities and our unique schools within a school structure. This structure creates a caring community in which students can thrive and is frequently mentioned by parents as one of the key reasons they choose Varndean.

Our governors have a wide range of experience, but all share a commitment to helping the school’s dedicated staff deliver this vision.

Although governors are volunteers, excellent support and development opportunities are provided through an induction process and full programme of training both face-to-face and online to suit individual needs. There are also opportunities to volunteer alongside experienced governors and to take on a responsibility for an area of the school improvement plan.  We don’t expect you to be an expert in education and welcome governors from all walks of life to bring different perspectives and views. You just need to be committed to supporting our vision for the school community and the educational outcomes of our students.

Our school is dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our care and you will be expected to share this commitment. All Governors will be subject to an enhanced DBS check on appointment

All expressions of interest can be submitted using the proforma attached.

Please forward your expression of interest by email to:

The Governing Body have a selection and induction process for appointment of Governors. This will include a meeting with suitable candidates before a recommendation to appoint is made to the Governing Body. It is an expectation that following induction each governor will take on a lead responsibility, undertaking appropriate training for their lead role in addition to the governance induction training.