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Governor Vacancies - Voluntary Opportunity

What are we looking for?

Our Governors may come to us through a variety of routes and with a range of different backgrounds, skills and experiences, but they are all volunteers who work together for the benefit of the School and are the link between the School and the community it serves. We are currently looking for a new Co-opted Governor and will be looking for Parent Governors in September.  We are looking for anyone who has:

  • an interest in the performance of the school.
  • a desire to contribute to and represent the community.
  • an open and enquiring mind
  • the ability to look at issues objectively
  • the confidence to ask questions and join in debate.
  • a willingness to listen and make informed judgements
  • the ability to work well with others
  • time to spare
  • a child or children currently attending Pathfield School (essential for elected Parent Governors, although Co-opted Governors may also have children at the School)

If you match the above description, you may be the very person to become a Governor at  Pathfield School .  Everyone has something to offer and we want people from as many backgrounds and with as wide a range of interests as possible.

 What can we offer?

  • A chance to develop skills in strategic management
  • The opportunity to work with our team of governors and staff in improving our School
  • Training to develop an understanding of specific School management issues
  • A sense of achievement in making a difference to our School
  • The pleasure of helping students reach their potential

What is the Governing Body’s Role?
The Governing Body of our school plays a key role in:

  • setting targets for raising standards of educational achievement.
  • monitoring progress towards meeting these targets.
  • finding the right balance between supporting and challenging the performance of the headteacher and therefore the performance of his/her staff and the school as a whole.
  • deciding policy and future development plans
  • upholding good governance and working towards the success of Pathfield School.

The Governing Body works together as a team:

  • sometimes the whole governing body is involved - there are a minimum of six meetings of the Full Governing Body each year
  • Governors also belong to one or more committees which meet at least termly.
  • All Governing body meetings are held during the day, usually on a Thursday.
  • sometimes Governors work in smaller working groups or monitoring pairs, looking at specific areas of the school’s work in more detail.
  • Some Governors have specific responsibilities – for example, Special Educational Needs, Health & Safety, Learning outside the classroom
  • In addition to a full and detailed induction programme, all Governors have the opportunity to undertake further training to build on existing skills or to help develop new ones

Being a governor can be enjoyable, stimulating and rewarding. Please don’t be put off by thinking that you have to have specialist expertise or knowledge. Enthusiasm and interest is much more important to start with and there is tried and tested training and support available to help you throughout the four years term of office. And remember, you will be joining a long established governing body and will be supported by fellow governors with many years of combined experience.

Please contact Jo Boydd via e-mail for further information.

Higher Level SaLT Teaching Assistant - Grade E

Grade E

£11.24 - £13.20 per hour

32.5 hours per week

40 weeks per annum

Pathfield School is a vibrant learning environment inspiring interaction, achievement and independence. Situated in the town of Barnstaple, North Devon we maximise opportunities for Outdoor Learning from moor to shore. From EYFS through to Post 16, our pupils access a bespoke learning and communication package to challenge their educational progress, working in partnership with multi-agency professionals and families.

A sound knowledge and understanding of learning opportunities in a Special School is essential.

You will have worked with children for a minimum of 2 years and have a good understanding of speech, language and communication needs and how to deliver bespoke intervention packages to meet the needs of the pupils. You will have a good understanding of how communication can support behaviour, be able to follow instruction, but also demonstrate initiative and creativity in response to the different aspects of the role.

You will have well developed interpersonal communication skills. Experience within an educational setting for children with special needs is advantageous.         

You will be expected to engage in regular training to secure your continued professional development.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check is required for the successful applicant.

This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English

Closing Date 11th June 2018

Interviews 6th July 2018

Please download further information below

Job Description

Application Form 

Please return  completed application forms either by email to or Jackie Hamill, School Business Manager, Pathfield School, Abbey Road, Barnstaple, EX31 1JU