RET Governance Officer/Work Experience Coordinator

The Ridgeway Education Trust (RET) is the Multi Academy Trust (MAT) which oversees Didcot Girls’ School, St Birinus School, Didcot Sixth Form and Sutton Courtenay Church of England Primary School. 

Didcot Girls’ School is an outstanding school, as confirmed by Ofsted in its most recent inspection of the school in November 2015. The school has a commitment to the very highest standards in everything that it does and is an exciting and happy school where real attention is given to professional development and staff wellbeing. St Birinus School was judged to be a good school by Ofsted in March 2016 and aspires to become outstanding. The school has a strong sense of identity, a tangible ethos and a vibrancy which visitors always comment upon. Sutton Courtenay Church of England Primary School joined the MAT on 1 April 2019, giving us the potential for further collaboration and the opportunity to build an exceptional, coherent education provision from nursery up to, and including, sixth form.

Both secondary schools are unique as the only single sex state schools in Oxfordshire and share the same strong values of high quality teaching and learning and respectful relationships within an inclusive learning community. We work hard to ensure that all our students develop confidence, leadership skills and high levels of aspiration.

Governance Officer

We are looking for someone with strong organisational skills to support the Trust Company Secretary as a Governance Officer for Didcot Girls’ School, St Birinus School and Didcot Sixth Form. You will have the flexibility to work evenings as required, and will be experienced in organisation of meetings, including the preparation and circulation of agendas, collation and circulation of supporting papers and the production and circulation of accurate minutes. You will have the opportunity to make a real contribution to our secondary schools’ efficient operation and effective governance.

Work Experience Coordinator

The successful candidate will also take responsibility for year 10 work experience administration at Didcot Girls’ School. You will support the Careers Leader to further develop the existing excellent provision of opportunities for our students. This is an exciting opportunity with real scope to develop in building working relationships with external companies, school staff and students.                                                                                      

Terms and Conditions

25 hours per week, term time only (20 hours governance and 5 hours work experience). Evening meeting attendance is required. Pay will be on Grade 7 (£12,558-£13,594). The postholder also has access to the local government pension scheme.

Contract Terms and Duties

This is a permanent post which should be performed in accordance with the provisions of the terms and conditions of employment of the Ridgeway Education Trust. It will be based across both the DGS and SBS sites.

Line Management

Accountable to the Company Secretary (RET) and PA to Headteacher (DGS)

Key Purpose of the Role

The postholder will report to the Company Secretary in helping to ensure an efficient and effective governance and clerking service to the Trust and its secondary schools.

To assist with the drafting of Trust and school policies and procedures and maintenance of up-to-date and accurate records.

To provide a professional and efficient administrative provision for the administration of work experience provision.

Completed Applications

Completed application forms (please see below for a downloadable application form) should be submitted to Sophy Parkin-Haig, RET Company Secretary at by 9am on Monday 3rd June. Interviews will take place as soon as possible after the closing date.


Page Downloads Date  
Application Form Support Staff Ridgeway... 12th May 2019 Download
DGS Work Experience JD.pdf 12th May 2019 Download
RET Governance Officer JD.pdf 12th May 2019 Download
RET Gov Officer and Wk Exp PS.pdf 12th May 2019 Download
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