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Manchester High School for Girls

Governor Vacancies

Manchester High School for Girls is currently seeking to appoint new Governors to join its Governing Body.

Vacancy: Governor Positions

Salary: Voluntary and unremunerated (reasonable expenses are reimbursed)

Duration: one term in the first instance four years, with option for 2 or 3 terms (8 or 12 years)

Application: Please submit a CV and covering letter (up to 2 pages) explaining why the role interests you and how you meet the knowledge, skills and experience areas we are seeking. Please send to Mrs Susannah Sutton, Clerk to the Governors, by email to

Deadline: 9:00am on Monday 11th January 2021

Manchester High School for Girls is one of the leading independent girls' day schools in the country, providing an excellent educational experience for four to 18 year-olds.  Founded in 1874, the School has a long and distinguished history and made a pioneering contribution to the development of women’s education. All three of Mrs Pankhurst’s daughters were educated here. The School takes its inspiration from its traditions and continues to produce students who distinguish themselves in many professions, becoming role models of successful and influential women. The character of the School has also been shaped by its accessibility to girls from a wide variety of social, cultural and religious backgrounds so that a diverse community has developed which both values individuality and promotes tolerance.

Our girls are not only empowered to achieve their academic potential; they also leave us as ambitious, principled young women who are ready to take on the world. Our girls aim high and love learning for its own sake.  We build character; girls develop resilience, curiosity and confidence and the skills that enable them to be the very best they can be.

The School is a non-denominational, independent day school, which has charitable status. It is also a member of the Girls’ Schools Association and of the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools.

Role Description and Responsibilities

In addition to attending approximately three Governing Body meetings per annum (usually taking place at the School but currently via video conference), you will be expected to provide further advice and input to one of the committees of the Governing Body (Personnel, Academic Development, Estates and Finance). These meet three times a year either in person or via video conference. In addition, working groups are formed to discuss and address shorter term pertinent issues.

Overall Purpose of the Governing Body

The Governing Body is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of Manchester High School for Girls, developing and monitoring the implementation of the School’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the Articles of Association and legal and regulatory guidelines.

Main Responsibilities

  • To determine the overall direction and development of the School through good governance and clear strategic planning.
  • To ensure that the School and its representatives function within the legal and regulatory framework of the sector and in line with the School’s governing documents.
  • To uphold the fiduciary duty invested in the position, in a way that adds to public confidence and trust in the School and is not undermined by conflicts of interest.
  • To maintain absolute confidentiality about all sensitive information received while carrying out these responsibilities.

Additionally, Governors have a responsibility to support the Head Mistress and staff of the School, whilst holding the Senior Leadership Team to account. They are advocates for the School and may be seen as role models for the students.

Skills and Characteristics

We are looking for Governors with excellent judgement, integrity, strategic awareness and good interpersonal skills, being able to remain objective and challenge supportively. We would be delighted to hear from anyone with experience in:

  • Education and educational leadership
  • PR, fundraising and marketing
  • Project management and procurement
  • Digital technology and IT
  • Governing body membership

The current Chair is stepping down in 2021 and we are particularly interested in receiving applications from those experienced in chairing the governing bodies of major charitable institutions.


Some people are disqualified by law from acting as trustees, including anyone described in sections 178 to 180 of the Charities Act 2011. This includes those who:

  • have an unspent conviction for an offence involving dishonesty or deception
  • are currently declared bankrupt (or subject to bankruptcy restrictions or an interim order)
  • have an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA) to pay off debts with creditors
  • are disqualified from being a company director
  • are subject to an order made under section 429(2) of the Insolvency Act 1986
  • have previously been removed as a trustee by the Charity Commission, the Scottish charity regulator or the High Court due to misconduct or mismanagement
  • have been removed from management or control of anybody under section 34(5)(e) of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 (or earlier legislation)
  • are disqualified from being a trustee by an order of the Charity Commission under section 181A of the Charities Act 2011

Commitment to Diversity

In accordance with our commitment to promote equality of opportunity and diversity across all of our areas of work and to reflect the diverse student community the Governors serve, we particularly welcome applications from people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Trustee Compliance and Duties

For more detailed guidance please see the Charity Commission’s guide: The essential trustee: what you need to know.

How to Apply

For any further information, or an informal discussion please contact the Chair of the Governing Body or the Clerk to the Governors via email at Tel: 0161 224 0447. 

If you would like to join the Governing Body of one of leading independent girls' day schools in the country, please send a brief CV and a covering letter (by email only) that demonstrates your suitability for the vacancy to Your application should reach us by 9:00am on the Monday 11th January 2021 and will be assessed by the Governing’s Body’s Nominations Committee.

Further details of Manchester High School for Girls can be found at:

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. Registered Charity 1164323 Company Number 9665070.