I am writing to let you know that one of our parent governors, Jack Ziepe, has recently left his role. I am sure that you will join me in thanking him for the support and commitment that he has given to the school during his time in office, which has been much appreciated. We therefore have a vacancy for the role of parent governor on our governing body.
The role of the governing body
The school’s governing body is responsible for providing confident and strategic leadership, and creating robust accountability, oversight and assurance for the school’s educational and financial performance. The body is passionate about education and committed to continuous school improvement to ensure the best possible outcomes for all our pupils.
The role of a parent governor
As a parent governor, you’ll work with other governors, including myself as Headteacher, to ensure the governing body effectively carries out the duties referred to above. Governors are encouraged to take part in the work of committees of the governing body, allowing them to develop particular areas of personal interest and expertise. The Local Authority has a responsibility for providing support and training for governors and there is a full programme of activities, with particular support for newly appointed governors. More information is also available here.
To be a parent governor you should have:
- A strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for all children
- Good inter-personal skills, curiosity, and a willingness to learn and develop new skills
- Skills to ensure the governing body delivers effective governance
- A rigorous regard for confidentiality and safeguarding
Expectations of governors
Meetings of the Full Governing Body take part three times a year and committee meetings three or four times a year; these last approx. two hours each. Governors are also invited to undertake monitoring activities once a term and are welcome to join us for occasions such as the Fun Day and class assemblies. The term of office for all governors is four years and a parent is not required to resign as a governor if their child leaves the school within that period.
How to apply
I am writing to you now to invite interested parents to stand for election. New governor appointments may be made subject to any checks required at the time of appointment with regard to safeguarding.
Please let me have any nomination by 9am on Friday 12th February, using the form below. This includes the opportunity for the nominee to make a brief statement of no more than 100 words stating the reason for application, which will be shared with the parent community. If the number of nominations for parent governor exceeds the number of vacancies available then a parent community vote by secret ballot will take place. Otherwise, any nominee will automatically become an elected parent governor of the school’s governing body. In either case I will let you know the outcome as soon as possible.
Mr C Turtle