Governance and Compliance Officer at Orchard Community Trust (OCT).

  • 37 hours per week, all year-round
  • Salary: Level 12 – SCP 34-37 – £37,890 – £40,876

Are you interested in joining a Trust with a commitment to making the difference to children and young people?

Do you have an interest in governance, education and ensuring schools can be the best they can be through effective organisation, high expectations and a clear vision?

We are looking to recruit a dynamic Governance and Compliance Officer with a strong understanding of school and academy governance and excellent organisational and interpersonal skills.  In this role you will be a key part of a small but friendly central MAT team, and have the opportunity to make a difference to the governance of 7 diverse schools across Orchard Community Trust, supporting the education of over 2,500 pupils/students and employing over 500 members of staff.

In return, we can offer you the opportunity to join a family of schools who are committed to providing high quality education within our ethos, culture and values.  We truly believe our staff are our greatest asset in delivering that vision, and we are looking for an exceptional and motivated individual to join our Governance team.

The core responsibilities of the post include:

  • Central and local governance management, including leading on Trust Board and Local Governing Board clerking, compliance and Trustee relations, and act as a company secretary to the Orchard Community Trust
  • Quality assurance of Local Governing Body clerking, compliance and governance.
  • Overseeing, supporting and clerking appeals and other key meetings.
  • Oversight of school admissions, support and compliance.
  • Oversight of Trust and school level policy and website compliance.
  • Leading on Governor recruitment, induction, support training and audit.

Hours of work are flexible to meet the needs of the MAT, Trust and post holder, but will not routinely exceed 37 hours per week.  Evening work is to be expected with this post and the post holder is expected to manage their hours accordingly.

The post holder will be entitled to 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, rising to 32 days after 5 years’ service.


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Governance and Compliance Officer February 23, 2021

How to Apply

Our aim is to ensure that we recruit the right person for the job. We will ensure that the selection process is fair and without discrimination for or against any candidate based on age, ethnicity, sex, marital status, or sexual orientation. The person specification sets out the criteria used to assess candidates through the selection process.

We are committed to safeguarding our pupils and will assess the candidate’s suitability for working with children as part of the selection process.  We will check the accuracy of all information and investigate any perceived anomalies. We take up references prior to interview and use these to verify the information you have given us.  Firm offers of employment are never made without satisfactory references.  All potential employees are subject to an enhanced disclosure form the Disclosure and Barring Service.


Please ensure that all parts of the application are completed. We do not accept CVs as part of the selection process. Please ensure that you demonstrate how your experience and skills make you suitable for the position. Applications can be submitted online, via email or via paper copy.


We assess all applications against the person specification criteria using the evidence you provide in your application. This is done by a panel of senior staff and governors.  We carefully check all applications for anomalies.

Candidates who best meet the person specification will be invited to an interview. We will notify you by telephone with e-mail confirmation to follow. If you have not heard from us within 3 days of the shortlisting date, you have not been successful at this stage.


We request references for all candidates who are invited to interview.  Requests will be made at the same time that candidates are invited to interview.  Your first referee should be your current or last, employer.

Interview Process

The interviews will be held at the Orchard Community Trust office if possible.  The interview will consist of several tasks and activities including a formal interview.  These are designed to allow you to demonstrate your skills and abilities.  You will be asked to bring proof of qualifications and identity on the first day.

Final Selection

Following the tasks and formal interview, we will use the person specification as a guide to select the most suitable candidate for our school. We will then telephone each candidate to inform them of the outcome.  We will give brief feedback during this telephone conversation.

Offer of Employment

We will make a verbal offer of employment by telephone on the day of the interview and this will be confirmed in writing.  Any offer is made subject to:

  • References satisfactory to us
  • A satisfactory DBS check
  • Provision of proof of identity and qualifications

Probationary Period

The post is subject to a three-month probationary period.  On successful completion of probation, the post will become permanent.

Interested candidates are invited to contact Rob Johnstone, Senior Executive Leader, to arrange an informal discussion. Email

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. All posts are subject to an enhanced criminal records check via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please see our Safeguarding and Child Protection policy on the Orchard Community Trust website


Closing Date: Friday, March 19th, 2021 at Noon
Interview Date: Monday, March 29th, 2021

Please return your completed application form via email to

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