We have two vacancies for a parent governor to serve on the governing body of our school. We are very keen to encourage parents to nominate themselves to fill a place. Details of how to nominate yourself are given on the reverse of this letter, and a nomination form is enclosed. If an election is required, all parents will be able to vote.
Parent governors 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. Governors do not run the school day to day, as their role is at the strategic or policy-making level in the school.
If you join our governing body, you will serve for a (four year) term. Being a governor does take up time. There are four governing body meetings each year, and governors usually serve on two or three committees which meet once per term. You will need to set aside time to be able to be an effective governor: time to prepare for meetings, for visiting the school or meeting colleagues on behalf of the governing body, as well as undertaking training and updating your skills. The governors are asked to sign up annually to a Code of Conduct.
Before you decide to stand you may want to know a bit more about what is involved. Governors need not be experts in the field of education. What they do need is an interest in the school and in the welfare of our children and the time and willingness to get involved. The skills you have can be very useful to the governing board. Governors also need what is known as ‘soft skills’ – the ability to be able to build relationships with a range of people, to be able to work as part of a team, to be able to question, and to make connections between different types of information. All governors are expected to be able to read straightforward budget reports and data on school standards.
To find out more about what being a governor at this school is like; you can contact Sharon Middlehurst, Clerk to Governors via the school office, who will be very willing to answer any questions.
All governors are required to hold on enhanced criminal record certificate. You will be required to make an application to the Disclosure and Barring Service for an enhanced DBS certificate.
If you would like to take the opportunity to put yourself forward as a candidate, you may only do so on an official form, please request one from the school office and return it by Friday 18th May 2018. If it is necessary for there to be an election, I will contact you to let you know about the arrangements.