The Weatheralls Primary School

Advisory Body Parent Member Vacancy

Could you contribute to the Kennett Primary School Advisory Body?

We currently have a position for a parent or carer to join the Advisory Body for Kennett Primary School from March 2022.

Advisory Bodies pay a crucial role in our governance. They know and understand the strengths and weaknesses of the school. They support and challenge the school leadership to ensure high standards of provision and achievement for all children.

You do not need any professional qualifications to offer support but you will understand that governance is not the same as a parental forum.  In order to perform the role well, an Advisory Body member is expected to: 

  • Embody the Nolan Principles for public life
  • Behave in a professional manner, as set out in the code of conduct, including acting in strict confidence
  • Act always in the best interests of our children and young people to create positive change for them
  • Get to know the school, including visiting the school occasionally during school hours and in agreement with the Headteacher, and gaining a good understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Attend development events and undertake online training
  • Attend meetings and read all the papers before the meeting
  • Contribute to discussions and commit to agreed actions; be ready to challenge appropriately. Have a commitment to safeguarding young people, to equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice

Your time commitment would be to attend three meetings a year (currently held virtually) with the possibility of a focused visit to the school or perhaps membership of a Trust committee in addition to the main Advisory Body meetings which are held jointly with The Shade Primary School.  

Advisory Bodies work as committees of the Staploe Education Trust which is the legal, accountable body for its schools. Many trustees serve on an Advisory Body and several of our trustees began their involvement in our governance through the Advisory Bodies.  You can find out more about the work of the governance of the Trust and the Advisory Body in the Trust Governance Handbook.

If you would like to discuss the role of the Advisory Body and to see if you would like to contribute to its work, please get in touch with either Rachel Earl Clerk:, 01353 724100 or Scott Horsley, Headteacher.

To apply for the role please complete the attached application form and return it to

Rachel Earl
Soham Village College
Sand Street

Or scan and email from your email account (with signature) to:

 Should more than one person apply for the position, an election will be held.

I do hope that you will give this some thought and that perhaps you might be the right person to join the Advisory Body for Kennett Primary School.