Parent Governors play an important part in our school. Occasionally, we have to hold elections for parent governors. this page is used to share information and election forms etc.
What Do Our Governors Do?
- School governors have important responsibilities for the overall conduct and development of the school. Information about how our Governing Body works is on the school website:
- We have restructured in the last three years with a new Chair of Governors, new Vice Chair of Governors and different committees to improve the way that we work. Governors will be asked to work with senior leaders in the school in areas of strength or interest. These include HR, data, curriculum, safeguarding, special needs, buildings, finance, curriculum, health and safety.
- Governors attend a few meetings every term (normally in the evenings) and work with senior leaders in specific areas on aspects of school improvement and policy.
- Governors are central to the strategic development of the school. This includes decisions regarding budgets and how we ensure that senior leaders are accountable for the performance of the school.
Clearly the views of parents and the skills that they can bring are of great value to our Governing Body. All governors, including parent governors, are valued for their contribution to the life of the school.
What Are the Expectations of Parent Governors?
All governors bring something different to our Governing Body. We are looking for governors who have skills, interests or experience in:
- Promoting highest standards of safety and safeguarding in the school. You do not need to be an expert in this field. We will provide detailed induction and training. We are looking for a governor to champion the importance of safeguarding.
- Ensuring that we provide our children with an excellent curriculum. You do not need to be an expert in this field. We will provide detailed induction and training. We are looking for a governor with a passion about learning.
- Our current parent governors say that on average you need to able to commit a minimum of 8 to 12 hours a school term to attend meetings, read papers, undertake school visits etc.
- That you undertake basic training and induction
- You are interested in children and education
- That you are a positive and open-minded person, who enjoys working with others.
- Confidentiality and discretion.
How Will the School Support Me in My Role?
- Ensure a full induction and a governor mentor to help you adjust to the role
- We are a positive, friendly and welcoming group. There will be a lot of support.
- Access to high quality online training and impartial advice.
- Face to face training opportunities to help you develop and understand how the school works.
- We will also offer you:
- A chance to contribute to the improvement of our local school.
- A chance to develop new skills
- Tea, coffee, biscuits and a friendly welcome
Do Parent Governors Enjoy the Role?
Below is a quote from one of our current parent governors who is now also the Chair of the Board.
‘Being a Parent Governor has given me a great insight into how our school is run. So far, I have been involved in a number of valuable tasks including taking part in the recruitment process for new teaching staff. During both the Committee and Full Governor’s Meeting’s I have been able to contribute with ideas or with my opinion on various matters. I thoroughly enjoy being a Governor, not only do I feel I am contributing to my children’s education, I also have learnt so much about our school and the education it provides.’ Charlotte Scott, Parent Governor
How Do I Find Out More?
Information about the role of Governing Bodies and Parent Governors can be found in lots of different sources. This includes:
Our school’s website has information on the Governing Body and minutes from our recent meetings. This may help to develop the understanding of how we work.