Clerking Service

Supporting effective governance

Take advantage of a friendly, flexible and customer focussed service that removes the administrative burden  from trustees and governors and provide the procedural and good practice advice that enables your governing board  to effectively focus on its main roles:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the lead professional to account for organisational performance and the performance management of staff
  • Oversee financial performance, ensuring probity and value for money

Our governing board support officers are highly skilled professionals with backgrounds in law, democratic services, company secretarial fields and governor training as well as school governing body clerking.  Our only aim is to work with you to help your governance be the best it can be.  


We primarily support schools, academy trusts and other organisations in and around Medway, North and East Kent but are happy to consider providing support further afield, including by remote attendance at meetings via Skype or equivalent.


We charge by the hour at a rate of £28 for all services. A fully clerked meeting from agenda building through to follow up actions and updating website information would normally cost in the region of £275 and it probably goes without saying that we believe this is the best way to support your governing board. 


 However, our service is flexible and we will always try and work with you to balance your budget and your needs.  If this means a meeting attendance and minutes service only and you are happy to make alternative arrangements for support outside the meeting, then we are always ready to discuss options. 


Why use our clerking service?


It is certainly true that when compared with employing a clerk directly, a clerking service will at first sight seem more costly.  But consider the benefits: 


  • You don't  pay the additional 'on costs'  usually amounting to some 30% 
  • You don't have to organise or pay for any of the training attendance to ensure your GBSO is up to date 
  • We can provide skilled support for those trickier needs such as exclusion or complaint hearings 
  • You don't have to worry about alternative cover in the event of sickness or other absence. We will almost always be able to provide emergency cover  
  • If your GBSO moves on, you can turn to us to arrange immediate cover and replace them with a trained individual as soon as possible so you don't have to go back to square one every time
  • GovernorHub virtual office document storage, communication and information tools are included in the subscription  https://governorsgateway.co.uk/virtual-office
  • For the peace of mind and guaranteed quality of support, the difference in annual cost is small in the context of the whole budget. 



Contact Lynda.catchlove@ocelot.org.uk to find out more



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