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Parent governor vacancy

21st November 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Parent Governor Vacancies

We currently have vacancies for two parent governors. Being a governor is an important role in the life of the school as governors have a strategic responsibility for setting the direction of the school.

They are involved in important decisions about student applications to the school, staff appointments, the budget of the school, and spending on the buildings of the school. In addition, they discuss pupil attainment and track the ways the school is continuing to maintain high standards. They support the head teacher and school leadership team in leading the school. We would like the members of the governing body to continue to represent the community we serve and want any parent who has time to offer and a passion for education to feel able to offer their services in this key role.

In particular, we currently need parents who have the availability during the day to help with the process of supporting and monitoring the work of the school. We also welcome parents with financial and premises expertise. Full details of the process and how to apply can be found in the attachments.

Are you interested?

If you are interested in becoming a parent governor but feel a little daunted by the responsibility you may be taking on, please be aware that full training will be available, and you will always act as part of a team. If you become a governor you will be taking on the following commitments to help make sure the school is well managed:

· Share the responsibilities of the Governing Body as summarised above.

· Attend and participate in meetings on a regular basis – governors attend four full governing body meetings and are normally a member of two committees which usually meet about three times a year each. Meetings normally last no longer than two hours

· Undergo appropriate training

· You may also be invited to sit on appointment or other panels

You will be required to sign the Governing Body’s code of practice, and to apply for a DBS enhanced disclosure.

What do you need to do next?

If you wish to complete a nomination form to become a parent governor, you need to:

  1. Check that you are eligible by reading the enclosed qualifications and disqualifications criteria.  Sign the declaration of eligibility form and return this with your completed nomination form. 
  2. Complete the nomination form (once you are satisfied that you are eligible to become a governor). 
  3. Include a statement, up to 80 words, about yourself, the skills and commitment you can bring to the governing body and why you would like to become a governor.  You do not have to complete this section, but if you don’t you may put yourself at a disadvantage if there is an election.  All words over 80 will be deleted and not used in the election process.
  4. Each nomination must be received at the school by 10.00 am on Friday 6th December.  It should be sealed in an envelope marked ‘Nomination for Parent Governor’ and may be delivered by hand, sent with your child, or by post to the school.  Electronic nominations must be returned to the PA to the Headteacher at d.gibson@chilwellschool.co.uk.  A sealed ballot box will be available in the school for hand deliveries, details of its location will be found on a notice in the entrance to the school.  The onus is on you to ensure that the nomination form is put in the box either by personal delivery or by sending it with your child.

If you would like to receive a paper copy of these documents, please contact the school on 0115 9252698.

Your nomination should be acknowledged by the headteacher/returning officer within two working days of the closing date.  If you do not receive this acknowledgement, please contact the school.

In accordance with the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012, an elected member of the Local Authority (LA) or school staff who are paid to work at the school for more than 500 hours in any consecutive twelve month period are not eligible for election or appointment as parent governors.  However, they can vote in parent governor elections if they are parents of children attending the school and can be governors at another school.

An election will be held if more nominations are received than the number of vacancies.  For the purpose of the election, ballot papers will be sent to all parents or carers with children at the school, together with any details that you and other nominees have provided.  This procedure will be explained to you by the headteacher should an election be necessary.

If you would like to know more about the role of a parent governor or the appointment process you are welcome to contact me via Mrs D Gibson, PA to the head teacher on d.gibson@chilwellschool.co.uk or 0115 9252698

David Phillips

Head teacher