School Governors - Cumberland Infant School

The Cumberland Infant School (CIS) governing board has vacancies for governors that we would like to fill. Being a governor is a volunteer role that will help support and improve our school. It can provide a rewarding experience as well as help develop transferrable skills. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to young people, give something back to your local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment.

What does a governing board do? The school’s governing board is responsible for: • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school • Setting the aims and objectives for the school and setting the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. • Holding the school leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of the school • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent.

CIS is a great school and governors are passionate about education and committed to continuous school improvement to ensure the best possible outcomes for our pupils.


Governors need not be experts in the field of education. What they do need is an interest in the school and in the welfare of our children and the time and willingness to get involved. The skills you currently have can be useful to the governing body. Most important to us are the soft skills you have for example: the ability to be able to build relationships with a range of people, to be able to work as part of a team, to be able to question, and to make connections between different types of information.

Our governing body expects governors to: • attend 6 governing board meetings, plus an annual strategy meeting. These are typically held on a Thursday evening, starting at 5.00pm and lasting between 2-2.5 hours. • take part in monitoring visits. The time commitment will vary depending on any specific role you choose to take on but will also include a whole governing board monitoring visit. This will be once a year and be during a school morning or afternoon. • contribute in between meetings by reviewing information provided by the school and asking questions or providing comments. • undertake a Disclosure and barring service (DBS) check.

In return, our governing body commits to: • provide you with induction to help you learn your new role. • provide access to training. CIS has access to Hampshire Governors training service as well as online resources provided by the Key for school governors. • provide you with an experienced governor as mentor.

Whilst previous experience of school governance is useful, this is by no means a pre-requisite for this role as full support and induction training is provided. Most importantly, we seek a governor who has the passion and commitment to contribute to effective governance, learn in the role and is keen to work in a supportive but challenging way with the Senior Leadership of the school, to ensure the continued delivery of high-quality education for children of families in our local community.


  • Limited Physical Access
  • No criminal record (DBS) check required
  • Not suitable for under 18's
  • Suitable for 14yr olds
  • Suitable for 15yr olds
  • Suitable for 16 year olds
  • Suitable for Families - (under 16's with an adult)
  • Suitable for Under 18's
  • Will require a criminal record check (DBS)
  • Will require a driving licence
  • Will require own vehicle or access to a vehicle
  • Will require references

When can I volunteer?

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Cumberland Infant School
Methuen Road

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