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Clerk for the local Governing Bodies


We are looking to recruit a new Clerk for our Local Governing Bodies to start from 4 January 2023, subject to the necessary employment checks.


We are a small multi-academy trust situated in Cirencester, serving the needs of families, children and young people in the South Cotswolds. The Corinium Education Trust is currently made up of four schools, one secondary, Cirencester Deer Park School, and three primaries, Chesterton, Kemble and Siddington C of E Primary School. The Corinium Education Trust will be opening a new primary school in Cirencester in 2024.


Each school has its own Local Governing Body which meets 6 times a year. Meetings are scheduled termly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm within The Corinium Education Trust’s annual calendar. Dates for 2022-23 are provided in the letter to applicants, although some have already taken place. Our new Clerk will liaise with our Headteachers and the Chairs of each Local Governing Body to draft and prepare agendas and finalise the minutes of meetings. Papers for meetings are shared in a secure portal.


Our new Clerk to our Local Governing Bodies must:

  • be well organised with a proven ability to work on their own initiative, under pressure and with discretion;
  • ensure a high level of accuracy and confidentiality;
  • have excellent administrative and communication skills and a positive can-do attitude;
  • be familiar with Microsoft Office and have secure IT skills.


Experience of governance or the Clerk’s role would be useful but not essential as training will be provided. The Corinium Education Trust’s Governance Officer will continue to clerk our Trustees’ Board and Committee meetings and will provide induction, support and guidance for our new Clerk to the Local Governing Bodies.  The post is equivalent to 8 hours a week for 38 weeks a year (term time only). These hours will be worked flexibly allowing approximately 2 hours a week per school, but with the fixed commitment of scheduled evening Local Governing Body Meetings on set dates each term. This is therefore an ideal opportunity for anyone looking to work flexibly around other commitments or alongside another job. The Clerk will be expected to plan ahead, attend and minute all meetings. Following the pandemic, most of our local governing bodies have elected to conduct some meetings in person and some online in MS Teams. Furthermore, the allocation of hours includes time for the Clerk to engage in additional activities such as The Corinium Education Trust’s Governance Seminars, line management and quality assurance meetings.


Our new clerk will:

  • Provide confidential, high quality, and timely clerking for The Corinium Education Trust’s Local Governing Bodies;
  • Support all activities of The Corinium Education Trust’s Local Governing Bodies as required;
  • Work effectively with the LGB Chairs, Headteachers and Governance Officer to confirm forward plans and set agendas, etc;
  • Advise the LGB on constitutional legislative framework in line with The Corinium Education Trust’s overarching governance arrangements;
  • Secure the continuity of LGB business and observe all confidentiality requirements.


We anticipate that the Clerk’s role will evolve as The Corinium Education Trust develops and grows and the Clerk will be expected to operate flexibly to accommodate ad hoc projects and analysis and to liaise with The Corinium Education Trust’s Governance Officer on these where appropriate.


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Completed application forms should reach the school no later than 9.00am on Monday 21 November 2022, with interviews provisionally scheduled for Friday 25 November 2022.