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Leytonstone Secondary School

Governors Recruitment Information

Leytonstone School is looking for new members for its Governing Board

Our school and its 820 students and over 120 staff are on a journey of improvement. We have a new headteacher and have moved from a school which needed improvement to a good school in 2 years. We now need new, creative dedicated and diverse individuals to join our accomplished Governing Board to take us to the highest level.

Leytonstone School is an 11-16 co-educational, multicultural comprehensive school that has been educating the young people of Waltham Forest in East London for over 100 years.

We are a school that is rapidly improving. Our headteacher, Grainne Smyth, joined us in September 2014 and has a very clear vision for Leytonstone, ensuring that all members of our school community achieve excellence across the board. Last year we received an acknowledgement of this from Ofsted who rated the school as Good and we were particularly delighted that our GCSE results last year were a huge improvement on previous years with 76% of students achieving 5 A*-C including english and maths.

Our facilities are also changing. We have seen a £15 million investment in a brand new four-storey building which replaces two existing blocks on our school site providing new teaching spaces for many subjects, including technology, art and science. This has also involved  a complete renovation of the drama and music spaces, as well as much needed restoration work to our glorious, listed main building.

Our curriculum is designed to support all students in pursuing their individual career and life ambitions. In this curriculum we embed the vital skills expected by employers of team-work, problem-solving, risk-taking and leadership, underpinned by a solid foundation of literacy and numeracy.

We are very proud of our students, many of whom go on to become very successful in life. Our students regularly gain places at top universities. As importantly, many students who excel in sports or arts gain places at such as Central Saint Martins or professional sporting academies in the UK and abroad. Our students have also been very successful at obtaining apprenticeships which allow them to progress directly into the world of work.

Our well established Governing Board has been central to the improvement at the school and will be crucial going forward. It meets twice every term and has various committees looking at issues such as finance and curriculum. Many of the Board members are long-standing but acknowledge that it is time to refresh the Board with new members who will bring significant levels of commitment and skills from education and wider private and public sector involvement.

We are currently seeking both co-opted and parent governors. The closing date for applications is 20 January.

Job Description and Person Specification for Membership of the Governing Board


  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.                   Governance Handbook November 2015

Generic Skills

Governors should be able to demonstrate: –

  1. An active interest in education;
  2. Commitment to promoting equality and diversity;
  3. Commitment to quality and raising standards;
  4. Willingness to promote the school within the community it serves;
  5. Ability to work positively, in a collective decision-making framework and contribute as a member of a team;
  6. Agree policies and strategies and ensure these can be monitored and implemented;
  7. Ability to make reasoned decisions and to act honestly, diligently and in good faith;
  8. Awareness of standards in public life, public accountability and a determination to abide by them;
  9. Ability to contribute to establishing performance targets and the monitoring of performance against these;
  10. Commitment to attend Board Meetings, Committees and Governors’ training and workshops.

Competencies: Moral Purpose and Integrity


  • Governors are required to make an annual declaration of eligibility and of interests.  This is held by the Clerk and is made available to members of the public.
  • A person is not eligible to be a Governor if he or she has been declared bankrupt within the last three years or served a sentence for a conviction within the last five years, or been removed from office as a member of a Governing body within the last 10 years.
  • Governors should not normally have a teaching role or be a student at the school unless they are appointed as staff member.
  • Although not a statutory requirement, Governors are required to agree to an annual DBS check on appointment and on re-appointment.

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