• Children
  • Employment, Education and Training


  • Administration and Office
  • Trusteeship, Committee Work

Are you passionate about education and making a difference in your community?

Pennthorpe School is looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic individual to join us as a Governor. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of our school, with a special focus on our charitable status and giving back to the community. 

Who Are We?

Pennthorpe School, nestled in the picturesque countryside of West Sussex, has a proud history of providing high-quality education to children aged 2 to 13. We are more than just a school; we are a community that believes in nurturing young minds and fostering a sense of responsibility towards society. We are proud to have charitable status, meaning all our fees are reinvested into our school. We are overseen by a committed and knowledgeable Governing Body who help to ensure we provide a high quality and brilliantly balanced education, and a happy learning environment.

At Pennthorpe our mission is to give children the most compelling educational experience possible; to nurture their positivity, tolerance, resilience and collaboration; to prepare them to pursue their individual aspirations and contribute to the world.

The Role

Our Governors play a vital role in shaping our future, working closely with our dedicated team of educators and fellow Governors to:

  • Develop and implement strategies to enhance our charitable status.
  • Oversee community engagement projects that align with our values.
  • Monitor the impact of our initiatives and ensure transparency.
  • Collaborate with local organisations and stakeholders.

The Governing Body has overall responsibility for the school and they have a wide range of experience and skills, and exercise highly effective oversight. They have an excellent understanding of the day-to-day working of the school. The full Governing Body meets once a term with a number of sub-committees providing regular reports in areas such as Education & Welfare, Finance & General Purposes and Remunerations.

On average, Governors would devote around 3-4 days per term to school business, although this will vary depending on the needs of the school.

What skills do I need?

  • We are seeking candidates with a passion for education, a heart for charitable endeavours, and a genuine desire to make a positive impact on the community. Your dedication and commitment matter most.
  • At least 3 years professional experience is essential to the role.
  • Previous experience in Governance or Education is a plus, but not a requirement.
  • We are particularly looking for applicants with skills in Health & Safety and Property Management.
  • Please note, a DBS Check is required for this role.


  • Children
  • Employment, Education and Training


  • Administration and Office
  • Trusteeship, Committee Work


  • Accessibility
  • Age Restrictions
  • DBS Check Required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses Reimbursed
    There is a set limit.
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing Support
  • Suitable For Under 18s
  • Training Provided
  • Volunteer Induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers Covered By Insurance
  • Written Role Description

When can I volunteer?

Slot Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evening Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Availability Details

Our Governors work primarily from home but are expected to attend meetings at the school and participate in various school events, for example, Speech Day and Sports Day.


This opportunity can be carried out whilst working from home.

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