Parent governor vacancy
The Governing Board is seeking nominations from parents to fill a parent governor vacancy. Governors each focus on different areas of responsibility. An interest in, or experience of, safeguarding and child protection is especially welcome. However, this should not stop any parent from applying if you have the wish and commitment to be a governor. Parent governors are appointed for a period of 4 years.
Why become a governor?
The Governing Board holds school leaders to account, provides support and challenge whilst setting the strategic direction of the school.
How much time will I need to give?
All governors, including parent governors:
- attend 4 full governing body meetings each year, held in the evening for about 2 hours;
- become a member of our Resources or Pupils & Achievement committees which meet 6 times each year, typically alternating breakfast and evening meetings, each for about 2 hours;
- visit the school during the day, ideally once or twice a term, to gain first-hand knowledge of the school, usually for 1-2 hours. While visiting, governors usually work with a school leader focusing on their area of responsibility;
- undertake training courses to improve own skills and knowledge about school governance.
During the coronavirus pandemic, meetings are held by video conference call.
We know that there maybe uncertainty in life and own jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Board works flexibly to meet the needs of its volunteers.
Find out more about the role of school governors and the skills required:
- National Governance Association, What do governors do?
- Governance skills
- Arrange to talk to Peter Dunmall, Head teacher for an informal chat.
Every governor is not required to have competence in every skill.
How to apply
Parents can nominate themselves or another parent (if they are willing to be named):
- check you are eligible to nominate or be nominated as a Parent Governor, Election of Parent Governors;
- complete the Nomination Form;
- return the completed form to the school office by hand, pupil post or Royal Mail by Friday 16th October at 3.30pm;
- electronic nominations and/or emails cannot be accepted.
If more nominations are received than vacancies available, then a ballot will be organised to select the new governor.
Once appointed, all governors are subject to an enhanced check by the Criminal Records Bureau and other suitability checks, including providing an enhanced DBS certificate.