Welcome to the AGBIS Governor Vacancies Board

This board is for our member schools to advertise any governor vacancies they have.  If you are an AGBIS member school and would like to advertise your vacancy on this Board please get in touch on [email protected] and we will support you.

There are currently 4 vacancies. Please find below a list of current vacancies and details of how to apply to each one:



West House School

Vacancy: Governor

Location: Edgbaston

Details of the Role: West House School is seeking two Governors to join the Governing Body, ideally with special interest in the Early Years Foundation Stage and/or Education from January 2024. This is a voluntary position with an expected term length of at least three years.

Governors are required to attend three full board meetings a year in person, with additional support for one other relevant sub-committee (Premises and Finance, Health and Safety, Education, and Safeguarding) around once a term. Agendas and minutes are circulated to the Board.

The role of a Governor is to support the school to run as effectively as possible, working alongside the Headmaster and other senior members of staff to provide an excellent education to the children who attend West House School. More specifically, Governors help to make and challenge strategic and financial decisions.

There are currently six serving Governors with a range of skills and expertise in Finance, Law, Property, Risk and Education. Our current Governors include members who are parents of pupils who attended the school, attended the school themselves, or work at nearby institutions such as King Edward’s School. We welcome Governors with a range of backgrounds and professional experience.

Our Governors are also expected to uphold the ethos, aims and values of the school, to act as ambassadors of the school, and maintain a positive image of its objectives. Learn more about the school on our website: https://www.westhouseprep.com/useful-info/vacancies/.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will have the following qualities:

  • Enthusiasm about education and the welfare of children and young people.
  • Strategic leadership skills, preferably with Board level governance experience.
  • An understanding of the need for clear vision, strategy, plans, motivation, governance and controls.
  • An understanding of the importance of promoting diversity, equality and inclusion
  • The desire to share skills and expertise.
  • The desire to contribute to the ongoing development of an ever-improving school with strong values and ethos.

The ability to demonstrate to a high level of engagement, equality, diversity and teamwork as well as to being effective in an ambassadorial role.

How to Apply: To apply for this role, forward a completed Governor application form (available for download from https://www.westhouseprep.com/useful-info/vacancies/)  and a covering letter addressed to James Gittins, Chair of Governors, outlining why you feel that your skills and experience would equip you to take on this role, by email to: [email protected]

The deadline for application is Monday 6th November 2023 at 9.00am.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted to arrange a suitable time for a visit to the school and a meeting with the Chair of Governors following the application deadline.

If you have any queries about the role, or would like to discuss it in more detail, please contact Jo Robinson, Bursar and Clerk to the Governors, by email: [email protected]

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Heathfield School

Vacancy: 4 governors needed

Location: Ascot, Berkshire

Details of the role: An opportunity has arisen to join our Board of Governors and we are keen to hear from a wide range of individuals; no previous governing experience is necessary.   We are looking for four individuals to join our experienced team and help guide the strategic direction of this ‘Excellent’ rated independent school.  Heathfield School is an all-girls boarding and day school for 11–18-year-olds.  The School is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee; hence Governors of the School are also Trustees of the Charity and Directors of the Company.  The Board of Governors currently comprises 12 governors and has three sub-committees: Finance (including Buildings Development); Marketing, Admissions and Fundraising; and Education, Pastoral and Compliance. 

The Governors include a range of backgrounds and professional experience and includes both former parents and pupils.  If you have skills or experience in any of the following areas, we would be particularly interested to hear from you:  HR / IT / Health & Safety / Education / Buildings & Estate Management / Marketing & PR / Fundraising.  This list is not exhaustive, and we would welcome expressions of interest from anyone interested in educating you people.  All Governor roles are voluntary and subject to enhanced DBS and full clearance checks.

Learn more about the role on our website: www.heathfieldschool.net/about-us/job-vacancies/

How to Apply: To make an application, send your Letters of Interest and CVs for the attention of Mrs Rachel Frier, Bursar and Clerk to the Governors to [email protected] 

Closing Date: On-going
Interviews: On-going


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Vacancy: Governor

Location: Tiverton, Devon

Description: Founded in 1604, Blundell’s is a co-educational independent school for pupils aged 3 – 18 years.  Boasting excellent facilities and the best in pastoral care, we are committed to providing an outstanding learning experience for all students.  Based in 90 acres of beautiful Devon countryside, Blundell’s fosters a friendly and open environment where both students and staff can thrive.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Board of Governors and we are keen to hear from a wide range of individuals.  Governors are required to attend up to six days for meetings per year and online attendance may be possible on occasion.

What will this role involve?

  • Know and support the aims of the school and its mission statement and ensure that these are achieved.
  • Determine the overall direction and development of the school through good governance and clear strategic planning.
  • Promote and develop the school in order for it to grow and maintain its relevance in society.
  • Provide support and challenge for the head and senior leaders.
  • Ensure that the school and its representatives function within the legal and regulatory framework of the sector and in line with the school’s governing document.
  • Act in the best interest of the school, beneficiaries and future beneficiaries at all times.
  • Maintain sound financial management of the school’s resources, ensuring expenditure is in line with its objectives, and investment activities meet accepted standard and policies.
  • Interview and appoint the Head and monitor the work and activities of the senior team.
  • Maintain absolute confidentiality about all sensitive/confidential information received in the course of governors’ responsibilities to the school, and to accord with the conflicts of interest policy.
  • Contribute expertise to the discussions of the Governing Body.
  • Attend Board meetings, Committee meetings and any other Governor events and training.  There are approximately 8-10 meetings per year over 6 days and virtual attendance may be possible on occasion.
  • Attend and provide support at school events, including undertaking periodic visits to School throughout the academic year.

What skills and experience are required?
We are seeking individuals with strategic leadership experience and the ability to communicate effectively and make sound judgements.  We are specifically looking for individuals with experience in the following fields; Marketing, Development, IT, HR and EDI.  We are also very keen to hear from anyone with experience of working in a Senior Leadership role in a Co-Educational Day/Boarding Establishment.

How to apply: To apply for this role, please forward a CV, including a full employment history, and a covering letter to [email protected]Covering letters should not exceed two sides of A4 and should detail how your skills, knowledge and experience would support the Governor role.

Blundell’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Closing date:  08/12/2023
Interview date:  January 2024

This is not an exclusive list of duties but gives an indication of the level of ability required.  All volunteers will be expected to undertake relevant training and may be required to update their skills.

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Vacancy: School Governor

Location: Sibford Ferris, Near Banbury, North Oxfordshire

Description: Sibford School is a co-educational, independent school for children aged 3-18, founded in 1842 by, and based on the principals of, the Society of Friends (Quakers).

We have a large campus and a wide range of facilities available to our pupils, where we offer small class sizes alongside a diverse education that builds on the strong Quaker principles to develop a love for learning while encouraging our students to learn about themselves and the world around them.

Sibford is looking to recruit Governors who feel passionate about the education of children and have a desire to help develop Sibford to be the best place a child can learn and grow.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor and have a willingness to give up your valuable time to support and progress our excellent education establishment, then we would love to hear from you.

We would love to hear from anyone interested in becoming a governor, but we are particularly looking for candidates with an education background at a senior level, experience in Early Years or Boarding, legal experience or a background in HR.

Sibford School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All Governor roles are volunteers and are subject to an enhanced DBS check, Right to Work check.

How to apply: Please visit our website Work With Us | Sibford School for an information pack and more detail on the school and role of School Governor. 

To apply please submit your CV with a covering letter stating why you would like to become a Governor of Sibford School and what skills and experience you can bring to the School Committee, Please address your application to Clerk of Governors, via the School HR department at [email protected]

We will be closing the advert for applications on Wednesday 17th January 2024.