Bid to recruit governors

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A CAMPAIGN to recruit more governors for schools in and around Sudbury has been launched.

A national charity is running the recruitment campaign, and says vacancies for governors are currently available at Great Cornard Middle School and Kersey Primary School.

And it says a number of schools will have vacancies arising in September.

School Governors’ One-Stop Shop is a charity established in 2000 by the Department for Education to recruit skilled volunteers to become school governors, and it has placed more than 11,000 people in schools across England.

Hannah Bambridge, the charity’s area manager, said: “Contrary to popular belief, anyone over the age of 18 can be a school governor, regardless of whether or not they have children of their own.

“The most important qualities are enthusiasm and a desire to have an impact on local education, with no particular qualifications or past experience of the education system necessary.”

Acting as the headteacher’s “critical friend”, she said governors provide management and support.

“They are involved in making a range of important decisions about how a school is run, from managing its budget to appointing senior staff and planning the school’s future,” she said.

For more information, call 020 7354 9805 or visit www.becomeagovernor.com.