Clerking Vacancies – Part-time

We have exciting clerking opportunities across the Tenax Schools Trust.  We are happy to take applications separately or combined for these roles – please make it clear on your application form.

We are seeking to appoint capable and well-organised administrators to provide clerking support to our Local Governing Bodies across the Trust’s growing portfolio. This is a part-time position paid monthly on the basis of the hours of work undertaken. The demands of the job will be variable from month to month. The work is term-time only.

Reporting to the Clerk to the Trustees, and working closely with the school’s Headteacher and Chair of Local Governing Body, the successful candidates will play a vital role in meeting the administrative and procedural requirements of boards and enabling efficient and effective discussion and decision making.

The Tenax School Trust in a multi-academy trust, and each school within the Trust has a Local Governing Body (LGB) with delegated responsibilities.  Each LGB must appoint a clerk to ensure its efficient functioning.  We have vacancies for a clerk at Leybourne, St Peter and St Paul, and Brenchley and Matfield (both primary schools), as well as Bishop Chavasse, the new free school in Tonbridge opening in September 2017.

Board meetings tend to be held three times a year (the timings of which differ across schools but are likely to be held in evenings – although some may be held in the day) and last approx. 2 hours –  dates are set well in advance. There may be further meetings held during the year, such as extra-ordinary LGB meetings or meetings of Committee Panels.  In addition to preparing for, and attending the Board meetings, administrative duties such as photocopying and filing will be carried out during school hours. Whilst some home working is possible (writing up minutes, etc.) other duties are generally carried out at the school address. The hours for this role will vary per month (4 – 16 per month) dependent on whether there has been a meeting to attend. In general, no work will be required during school holidays.

You will be a dedicated person of integrity, extremely well organised, flexible and be able to maintain confidentiality. Strong administration and organisation skills are essential, as is a keen eye for detail, ability to work to deadlines, and excellent written and oral communication skills. A commitment to the aims and ethos of Tenax is important.  Previous experience of governance may be advantageous although training will be provided on the specific duties and functions of a clerk for the Tenax Schools Trust.

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of the post before applying, please do not hesitate to contact Catherine Dottridge – Company Secretary,  by telephone: 01892 521595 or email: [email protected]

Completed Application Forms should be sent to Claire Isaacs, HR Director, via email at [email protected]  or posted to the Tenax Schools Trust (c/o Bennet Memorial Diocesan School, Culverden Down, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9SH) by the closing date 4pm, Monday 5 June.

Applications should be submitted on the correct Application Form, no CVs will be accepted.

Further details are included in the Job Description

The Tenax Schools Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  All posts are subject to vetting checks and a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.


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