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Sponsor Governor

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Would you like to shape the future of one of our thriving academies as a Governor?

Would you like to shape the future of one of our thriving academies as a Governor?

Outstanding local governance is vital to the success of Harris academies, with numerousOfstedreports paying tribute to the role played by the governors of our academies. Harris Federation governing bodies carry much of the responsibility for setting the strategic direction of our academies and for monitoring all aspects of performance.

What to expect

  • Join a welcoming and friendly Academy Governing Body
  • Working with the Principal to ensure an effective academy Improvement plan
  • Making a valuable difference to young people across London and the local community
  • Gain an insight into Education, the workings of an Acadmey and develop your skillsas a governor

Governors will need to commit to term-time link visits during school hours as well as attending governor meetings which typically commence in early evening (5pm-6pm) take place in the morning, afternoon or evening depending on Academy type.

About the Harris Federation

We wererecognisedas a ‘top performer’ in primary and secondary education in the Department for Education’s first set of performance tables comparing academy trusts in England. Three consecutive research reports by the Sutton Trust, a social mobility think tank, have highlighted that the Harris Federation is among ‘the best academy chains (for) having a transformational impact on pupils’ life chances.’ And data expertsWatchstedrank us first out of 26 sponsors for improvingOfstedoutcomes in schools.

Social mobility is the Holy Grail for the pupils we serve, the key to their futures is a high quality education. Our governors shape and guide our schools and are vital to their success. Being a governor is a voluntary position and we are incredibly grateful to the highly skilled group of people who commit their time and expertise to our academies.

We offer an extensive training programme for governors, as well as access to online training and a mentor, and our central Governor Services Team also offer guidance and support to all governing bodies across the Federation.

All governors take responsibility for a linked area; depending on the needs of the academy this could be a curriculum area such as Maths or Art, or an area such as Health & Safety or Safeguarding. We would expect governors to make at least one visit a term to the academy to meet with the Department Head or Lead, and report back to the rest of the governing body. Our governors meet with Ofsted inspectors during inspections, and need to be able to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the academy; from the inspectors’ point of view, governors are part of the leadership and management of the academy.

If you want to become a governor and if you share our aspirations for our children and teenagers, we would be delighted to hear from you.


If you are interested in becoming a Harris governor, please apply to complete a short registrationform. Once received, these details will be shared with the CEOs office and Governor Services Officer, and you will receive an update on your application within 7-10 working days.

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