The award winning Uplands Education Trust (UET) admits pupils with severe or profound disabilities and multiple learning difficulties. Many have additional needs including Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), visual or hearing impairments or complex medical needs.
A few pupils are looked after by the local authority and the Trust is a sizeable business in its own right and will continue to grow rapidly.
The purpose of the charity is to provide high quality education and learning opportunities for young people with special needs beyond school leaving age and Uplands Educational Trust in partnership with Uplands School are committed to meeting the needs of the young people between the ages of 19 and 25 years and their families by providing unique, exceptional and innovative learning, working and living provisions.
To ensure these objectives can be met, UET requires four community governors to join the governing body and would welcome interest from anyone who has:
- an interest in the performance of Uplands Education Trust
- business management, human resources, finance, IT, health and safety skills and any work place/industry links to get disabled young adults into work
- a desire to contribute to and represent the community.
- an enquiring mind and the confidence to ask questions and join in debate.
- the equivalent of two evenings per month spare time.
Executive Headteacher Jackie Smith says: “Community governors are important to the strategic management of Uplands Educational Trust as they broaden the experience and skill base of the governing body and can bring objectivity and a fresh pair of eyes to the issues faced by the charity.
“Being a member of the governing body of the school is similar to being on the management board of such a business and we recognise that some of your members are likely to have the skills and experience we need.
“Enthusiasm and interest is as important as specialist interest to start with and there is tried and tested training and support available to help throughout the four year term of office. Full support is provided by fellow governors who have many years of combined experience.
“Being a governor can be enjoyable, stimulating and rewarding. Schools are interesting places and education is right up there at the top of the list of topics of conversation. It can give you quite a lift when people ask and respect your opinions about matters in the news.
“Serving as a governor will give you a good understanding and keep you well informed about current policy and practice regarding the further education of Students. If you are interested and would like to apply or would like to know more before committing yourself then why not first have an informal chat with our Clerk, Mrs Heather Large who can be contacted via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
UET with Uplands School was voted as the best overall school in Britain at the TES Awards on 19 June 2015. Read the story
Pictured, the 2013/2014 High Sherriff of Wiltshire William Wyldbore-Smith opening the shop run by UET students in Commercial Road, Swindon with UET executive head Jackie Smith. Photo: Richard Wintle of Calyx
NOTE: There are some circumstances that disqualify an individual from serving as a school governor and these are listed on the back of this letter. Please ensure that you read through these.
A Governor must be aged 18 or over at the time of their election or appointment. There is no upper age limit for serving as a governor. A person cannot hold more than one governorship at the same school.
A person is disqualified from holding or from continuing to hold office as a governor or associate member if he or she:
- is detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 during his or her period of office;
- fails to attend the governing body meetings – without the consent of the governing body – for a continuous period of six months, beginning with the date of the first meeting missed (not applicable to ex officio governors);
- is subject to a bankruptcy restriction order or an interim order;
- has had their estate sequestrated and the sequestration order has not been discharged, annulled or reduced;
is subject to:
- a disqualification order or disqualification undertaking under the Company Directors Act 1986
- a disqualification order under Part 2 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1989
- a disqualification undertaking accepted under the Company Directors Disqualification (Northern Ireland) Order 2002
- an order made under Section 492(2)(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986 (failure to pay under a County Court administration order);
- has been removed from the office of charity trustee or trustee for a charity by the Charity Commissioners or High Court on grounds of any misconduct or mismanagement, or under Section 34 of the Charities and Trustees Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 from participating in the management or control of any body;
- is included in the list of people considered by the Secretary of State as unsuitable to work with children;
- is disqualified from working with children or subject to a direction under Section 142 of the Education Act 2002;
- is disqualified from registration for child minding or providing day care;
- is disqualified from registration under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006;
- has received a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than three months (without the option of a fine) in the five years before becoming a governor or since becoming a governor;
- has received a prison sentence of two-and-a-half years or more in the 20 years before becoming a governor;
- has at any time received a prison sentence of five years or more;
- has been fined for causing a nuisance or disturbance on school premises during the five years prior to or since appointment or election as a governor;
- refuses to allow an application to the Criminal Records Bureau for a criminal records certificate.
A person is also disqualified from election or appointment as a parent governor of a school if they:
- are an elected member of the Local Authority (a Councillor).
- work at the school for more than 500 hours (i.e. for more than one third of the hours of a full time equivalent) in a school year (at the time of election or appointment).