There are currently vacancies on the school governing body for 2 parent* governors.
The governing body is made up of 18 governors including foundation, staff and parent governors. There are four parent governors in total.
There is 1 evening meeting (6 - 8pm) every term (during the Covid pandemic taking place virtually) and in addition every governor is encouraged to join one of the 2 standing committees that meet from 8 - 9.30am once (occasionally twice) a term in advance of the governors' meetings. Papers are circulated a week in advance. Governors are consulted occasionally by email if anything urgent arises. Governors are also linked with subject and policy areas and are expected to get involved in policy updates in their areas. This might involve reviewing existing policies, new developments and discussing with senior staff any key issues arising and contributing to governors' meetings on these 'link' areas. All new governors are also expected to attend induction training and any other training as necessary.
The atmosphere at meetings is informal and collegiate; we are all totally committed to the ongoing success of the school and fulfilling our role as 'critical friend'. Governing bodies have three core functions:
Parent governors are elected by the parents of children registered at the school for a four-year term of office. Almost all parents are entitled to stand and vote, but there are some restrictions. Please check the ‘parents’ section of the school’s website for information about eligibility.
If you would like to know more about the role of parent governor, please contact me, the Clerk to the Governors, at the school. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to serve as a parent governor yourself, or would like to nominate another person as a parent governor, please complete the nomination form attached.
Please note that all nomination forms must be signed by the nominee, their proposer and seconder.
Nomination forms, together with personal statements, are to be returned to the school by midday on Wednesday 25th November 2020 either by post addressed to D Cutler, or by email.
If more than two nominations are received, there will be an election.
*-all natural parents, whether they are married or not: and
- any person who, although not a natural parent, has parental responsibility for a child or young person; and
- “Parent” is defined for the purposes of the Constitution Regulations as including “any individual who has or has had parental responsibility for, or cares or has cared for, a child or young person under the age of 18”. It includes a person who the child lives with and who looks after the child, irrespective of what their relationship is with the child. The reference in the definition must be to someone involved in the full-time care of the child on a settled basis.
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