Parent Governor Vacancy
There is currently ONE vacancy for a parent governor on the Governing Body. I would like to explain the role of the governing body and invite you to consider serving as a parent governor.
What does the Governing Body do?
The Governing Body’s core responsibilities are:
- Standards – ensuring a strategic approach to promoting high standards of educational achievement, attendance and behaviour, including the rigorous review of published performance data;
- Targets – acting as a ‘critical friend’ setting targets by which progress for pupil achievement and outcomes can be measured;
- Curriculum – ensuring all learners have access to a broad and balanced curriculum and that all statutory requirements are met;
- Determining the aims, policies and priorities of the school – involvement in the School Improvement Plan, School Self Evaluation and renewal and approval of statutory policies and documents;
- Finance – determining and monitoring the school budget;
- Staffing – deciding the number of staff and involvement in all staffing processes including pay, staff appointments, performance management, suspension, disciplinary issues and dismissal, grievances;
- Inspection preparation and follow up – including producing an action plan and monitoring progress following an Estyn Inspection;
- Care – the wellbeing and safeguarding of learners; and
- Awareness – of their responsibilities in equality matters and where to seek advice and evaluation of the Governing Body’s own performance.
Who are Parent Governors?
Parent governors are elected as representative of the interests of the parents and guardians of pupils. However, parent governors are not mandated delegates of parents. They are a member of a corporate body – the Governing Body – and have the same powers, duties and responsibilities as all other governors. Unless specifically instructed by the governing body, they have no individual powers to make decisions. Parent governors are entitled to exercise the same powers, duties and responsibilities as other governors and have the same rights as other governors. Parent governors are a distinctive category of governor and, as elected representatives, are well placed to understand the needs and points of view of parents.
Parent governors are elected to serve a term of office of 4 years.
What qualifications do School Governors need?
No special qualifications are needed to be a governor. Governors are given full information on their role from the Local Authority in addition to the opportunity to attend training courses. All new governors have to complete a mandatory induction training programme. New governors and those undertaking a second term of office also have to complete mandatory training on data. Details of this will be provided by the Local Authority.
What do I do next?
If you would like to be a Parent Governor, you need to print and fill in the nomination form (link below) and return it to main reception at the school by Tuesday 22 June 2021. Alternatively, you may post your nomination form to the school for the attention of the Headteacher. Any nominations received after this date will not be accepted. If you would like us to print a copy for you, we’d be happy to do so.
Will there be an election?
If more nominations are received than there are vacancies, an election will be held which would be decided by a simple majority. The timescale for any election would be as follows:
Closing date for nominations: Tuesday 22 June 2021
Issue of ballot papers (if election is required): Friday 28 June 2021
Return of ballot papers: Friday 16 July 2021 by 2.00 pm
I hope that you will think about becoming a Parent Governor. The Governing Body would welcome your involvement in their essential work to promote the achievement, wellbeing and development of all pupils at the school.
Mr I Loynd