Career Opportunities

Clerk to the Governors - Immediate Start

Donhead is Roman Catholic boys’ day school founded by the Jesuits in Wimbledon. It is a school in which every child is cherished for who they are, a unique person in the eyes of God.

We are seeking to recruit a Clerk to assist the governing body of the school. The role involves preparing and servicing the meetings of the governors and assisting the Chair with the administration of the governance of the school.

It is a vital role which requires a highly organised, diligent individual who is sympathetic to the aims and objectives of Donhead. Previous experience is desirable but not essential.

The role is expected to require 100 hours per annum worked over the school year. It requires attendance at several meetings each term mostly on weekday evenings. There are also occasional weekend meetings. Time is also required to prepare and follow up between meetings.

A fee is offered subject to skills and experience. The role is self-employed.

Applications will be processed upon receipt.

For further information about how to apply or an informal chat about the role, please contact Sian Buckley, PA to the Headmaster, headmasterpa@donhead.org.uk.

Donhead is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The appointment is subject to at least two satisfactory references, receipt of Enhanced DBS disclosure, verification of identity and qualifications, satisfactory medical fitness, evidence of the right to work in the UK and DfE prohibition checks. Additional overseas checks will be required for candidates who have lived or worked outside the UK.

Clerk to Governors Role Description Jun 2021


Parent Governor

The Constitution of the Donhead Governing Body provides that two of the nine members appointed by the Jesuit Trustees shall be parents of pupils currently in the school. There are currently two vacancies and the Board and Trustees have agreed that the nomination of the parent governors shall be by election.

Parent governors are elected to bring to the Board the experience they have gained as parents. However, it is important to recognise that they cannot and should not be considered as delegates of the parent body. The Board has a wide range of responsibilities and it is always helpful to have members with a diverse range of skills and experience. At this time, we particularly welcome applications from people with experience of, or connected to legal practise, marketing, and facilities management. However, we also welcome applications from anyone who feels they have a contribution to make to the governance of the school.

The Board normally meets three times a year, once in each term. In addition, most Governors are members of one of the three sub-committees: Finance and General Purposes; Curriculum and Staffing; Pastoral and Chaplaincy, which all meet termly. The Board and the Committees may also hold additional meetings when required. Governors are also invited to take an interest in specific curricular subjects and to maintain contact with their subject leader.

Appointments to the Board are made normally for a period of four years and may be extended for a further period of four years. However, to ensure parental representation on the Board, a parent governor may not be re-appointed for a further term as a parent governor, if she/he is no longer the parent of a pupil currently in the School.

Application procedure
If you are interested in being a Parent Governor, please complete the accompanying application form, arrange for it to be seconded by another parent with a pupil currently in the school, and send it to Sian Buckley by 11th August at headmasterpa@donhead.org.uk. Please mark your application with ‘Parent Governor Application’. You will find the application form here: http://www.donhead.org.uk

If more than two candidates are nominated, election papers will be sent to parents on Friday 3rd September for return by Friday 17th September 2021. The names of the successful candidates will then be submitted to the Trustees. The aim is to complete the procedure before the next meeting of the Board on Thursday 25th November 2021.

Parent Governor application form