Governor Opportunities

BDAT is a Diocesan Multi Academy Trust. We work with our schools to provide a network of support and challenge; working together we can achieve our vision of improved outcomes and results for our children and young people. We are looking for civic-minded and skilled individuals like you to champion and challenge our work. This is your chance to make a difference!

Taking on a Governor role is not only a fantastic way to support our Academies, the teachers and students but it’s also a brilliant investment in your own development. There are very few opportunities that allow you to both share your professional expertise and broaden your skills and experiences, all without attending a traditional training course.

We are currently looking for new Governors within our schools. Please click on the links below for further details.

What do we need from you? We want your skills, strategic thinking and willingness to challenge and push us harder. We believe in effective and independent governance at Trust and local academy level.

We could really do with you on one of our Local Governing Bodies. We are looking for skills/expertise in finance, strategy, law, HR, data analysis, risk management, health and safety, and marketing. And we have scope for new governors in our academies.

Experience of the education sector would be a bonus but is certainly not essential. Joining one of our Local Governing Bodies would involve you in:

  • 2-3 meetings per term, three terms a year – meetings take place at the academy and dates/times are scheduled around members’ availability as far as possible
  • 2–3 classroom visits or similar per year during school hours.  Occasional other events e.g. to meet parents or governors from other schools

What will you get out of it? Aside from the buzz of making a difference to young people? You can:

  • Develop/broaden/deepen your expertise in another context
  • Team-building and team-working skills
  • Network with other professionals and community leaders

Apply to be a Governor

It is recommended that, to support your application, you familiarise yourself with the ‘The Governance Handbook and ‘Competency Framework for Governance’ both available on the BDAT Governance Opportunities section of the BDAT website.

Personal Details

Current or most recent employment or voluntary role

Relevant training or CPD

Please give details of training and other CPD that may support your application.
Governance is a collective responsibility and governing boards are made up of people who bring a diverse range of skills, knowledge and experience. Effective governance requires the following skills and knowledge to be present in the membership of the board. No single governor is expected to have experience in all the areas outlined below, and training and a full induction will be provided. Please indicate your areas of skill and knowledge below.

Skills and knowledge

Understanding of governance

Please provide a brief summary of your understanding of the role of a school governor. This information will not be used to assess your application but will enable the Board to identify the level of support and information new governors may need:

Reasons for applying

Please outline your reasons for showing an interest in becoming a school governor at a BDAT school:

Suitability for the role of governor

Please note, all Trustees are required to undertake an enhanced DBS check within 21 days of appointment.

Confirmation statement

I confirm that the information provided in this application form is accurate and that I have not and will not withhold information from any representative of BDAT. I confirm that I am not disqualified from holding office for any of the reasons as set out in The School Governance (Constitution)(England) Regulations 2012 (please see appendix 1).


Please provide the names and addresses of two people who know you well and can provide confirmation of the information included in this application. Please include, where possible, your current or last employer or organisation you have most recently volunteered with.
Referee 1
Referee 2
Data protection The Trust will process the data collected in this form in accordance with the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018. For further information about how the Trust will process your data, please see our Privacy Notice.

For further information please contact: or phone 01274 909120.

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