Parent Governors

The School has vacancy for a parent governor to serve on the governing body of this school.  We are very keen to encourage parents (or people with parental responsibility) of registered students to nominate themselves to fill these places.

What are Parent Governors?

All schools have a governing body comprising of different types of governors, for example parent-governors, teacher-governors, foundation governors etc.   Parent governors are elected by and from other parents and are vital to our governing body.  They share equally with other governors the responsibility for carrying out the governing body’s wide range of responsibilities.

You do not have to be an expert on education to be a school governor, nor do you need any special qualifications and the most important thing is to have a keen interest in the school and be prepared to play an active part in the governing body’s work.

Governors do not run the school day to day, as their role is at the strategic or policy-making level in the school.  The main role of a governing body is to operate at strategic level, ensuring that the vision and ethos of the school is upheld, holding the Headteacher and leadership team to account and overseeing the financial performance of the school.

There is no magic formula about what makes a good Parent Governor; they come from all walks of life and all ages.  However it is important that each governing body has a good mix of skills, knowledge and experience.

Are you interested?

See the FAQ information for further information.

If you would like to stand for election, please complete the enclosed nomination form and return it to the Returning Officer at the school no later than Friday 10 January 2020.

You may also include a short personal statement to support your nomination, which should be no longer than 250 words. Self-nominations will be accepted, but if you are nominating another parent please seek their prior consent.

Link to Nomination Letter

Link to Nomination Form

FAQ

  1. Who can become a Parent Governor?

All those who have parental responsibility and are over the age of 18 are eligible to stand for election, including parents who work at the school provided that they work for less than 500 hours per year when they are elected.

  1. What is the time commitment?

The average Parent Governor role will take up about 10-12 hours a month.  This includes the minimum requirement of attending three full governing body meetings per year and serving on at least one committee.  You will also be encouraged to attend free training sessions.  Governors are normally appointed for a four year term of office.

  1. What are the safeguarding checks?

As a requirement of the appointment process, all governors, regardless of category, will be required to consent to the carrying out of any appropriate checks, including Disclosure and Barring Service checks (previously known as Criminal Records Bureau checks).

  1. Is there training available to help with the role?

Training is available for all Governors and this Governing Board has an expectation that those new to being a Governor attend free induction training.

Q: What happens if there are more nominations than vacancies?

If there are more nominations than vacancies an election will be held by secret ballot. If that is necessary, voting papers will be sent to all parents together with details of the ballot procedure.

 

Nomination letter for parent governor (2019)

Nomination form for parent governor (2019)