Get into Governance

The Learning Community Trust (LCT) are looking for committed people to join as Co-opted Local Governors within our academies.

We currently have eight academies in the Trust:

  • HLC Secondary
  • Charlton
  • Ercall Wood Academy
  • HLC Primary
  • Wrekin View Primary
  • Crudgington Primary
  • Queensway Special School
  • Severndale Academy

LCT are responsible for nearly 5,000 children and young people, and over 700 staff, we take that responsibility very seriously. Each academy is individual, has its own distinctive ethos but also highly values being part of the Learning Community Trust.

Our absolute focus is to provide the highest quality of education and pastoral care in our schools. We want our children and young people to thrive, really enjoy school, are safe, understand the importance of respect for others and are well prepared to live fulfilling lives as young adults as they complete their education journey.

We will have some of vacancies this year within our academies for co-opted governors, as current Governors complete their term in office. We would welcome applications from people with experience in:

  • Finance (Accountant, Finance Manager etc)
  • Human Resources
  • Legal (Paralegal, Solicitor etc)
  • Health and Safety (H&S officer, union rep etc)
  • Capital projects management
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Education

The Governing Body of our academies are made up of parent, staff, Trust and co-opted governors.

Our Local Governing Bodies operates at a strategic level and are not involved in the day-to-day running of the academy.   Local Governors are responsible for both the conduct of the school and for the promotion of high standards.   Local Governors carry out this role by working to the vision of the Learning Community Trust, ensuring that the academy works efficiently and effectively, and that the academy provides a high-quality education for its pupils.   This is done by building a thorough knowledge of the school and its community, by both supporting and constructively challenging the school, and by ensuring accountability and compliance.

Governors need not be experts in the field of education.   What they do need is an interest in the school and in the welfare of its pupils, together with the time and willingness to get involved. The skills you have can be very useful to the Governing Board.

Governors also need ‘soft skills’ – the ability to be able to build relationships with a range of people, to be able to work as part of a team, to be able to question, and to make connections between different types of information

Our Governing Board has certain expectations of governors, which currently are:

  • to attend and contribute to meetings of the full Local Governing Body
  • when required, to sit on any committee or working party and attend all associated meetings
  • to monitor a subject link area within the school, e.g. Numeracy, Literacy, Special Educational Needs, Early Years, etc., and meet with the staff subject leader, reporting on each visit to the Governing Body
  • to visit the academy formally for monitoring purposes as directed by the Governing Body
  • to visit the academy informally on occasion
  • to commit to attend training courses
  • to comply with the expectations set out by the Learning Community Trust within the LGB Code of Conduct

In return, our Governing Board commits to:

  • provide you with a structured induction
  • develop your skills in strategic management
  • offer you an insight into the wider perspective of the academy
  • give you the opportunity to make a difference to our school and the outcomes for our pupils

If you would like to find out more about how you can contribute to governance at one of our academies, or would like an informal discussion with the CEO then please contact the Company Secretary on 01952 378010 or via email to

We look forward to hearing from you,

Yours sincerely

Dr Gill Eatough
Learning Community Trust