From September 2022, local governance in all ATLP schools including Scotch Orchard will change. As the governance needs of the trust have changed over the last five years, particularly due to growth and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ATLP Trust Board has been committed to finding a new way to maintain strong, meaningful links across schools and their communities.

The existing ‘local school governor’ and ‘local governing body’ framework is going to be replaced with the introduction of school advocate roles, which will work with both individual schools and across the ATLP family of schools to help drive and ensure collective improvement and excellence. Each school advocate role has specific advisory responsibilities, and as a result of advocates liaising with both their local school associates and their skillset peers in advocate committees, local schools and ATLP as a whole will benefit from increased communication and consultation opportunities and more informed decision-making processes.

We currently have four Governor Advocate roles available:

  • Safeguarding Advocate
  • Vulnerable children Advocate
  • Community Engagement Advocate
  • Support & Challenge Advocate

We are looking for people who are excited to help us deliver the very best for our children, their families and our community, and are particularly hopeful that parents may be willing to step forward into these roles. Training for all roles will be provided but what is most important, is your willingness to commit time, energy and care towards the school community. Advocates will be appointed for a term of 4 years and work closely with the school leadership to advance the opportunities for students and their schools and help ensure the school is as strong as it can be. The roles require a time commitment of approximately 30-40 hours per year, broken down into meeting attendance, preparation, email/telephone communications and training.

If you are interested in finding out more about one of the roles listed above, please contact the school office to book an appointment with Mrs Bishop.