Parent Governor Election
The Governing Body is responsible for both the conduct of the School and for promoting high standards. The Governing Body carries out its role by setting the vision for the School and then ensuring that the School works efficiently and effectively towards achieving its vision. It does this by building a thorough knowledge of the School and its community, by both supporting and constructively challenging the School, and by ensuring accountability and compliance. The Governing Body of our School is made up of parent governors, staff governors and foundation governors. Following the expiry of our current Parent Governors respective terms of office, we are seeking nominations for three parent governors on our Governing Body. The Governing Body is asking you to nominate yourself or someone else with parental responsibility for a child currently on roll at our School. If more than one nomination is received, then a secret ballot will be held.
It is important to note that a Governor of an academy is also a trustee of a charity and as such has statutory duties as a company director, details of which are set out in sections 170 to 177 of the Companies Act 2006. All governors of the School are also required to be registered at Companies House as a Director/Trustee of the Academy Trust Company.
Before you decide to nominate someone, or indeed stand yourself, 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 Body. At the moment the Governing Body would welcome governors who have expertise in leadership and management, teaching, financial management and/or law. 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 and attainment.
Our Governing Body expects governors to:
ï§ attend a minimum of 1 meeting of the full Governing Body per month
ï§ visit the school formally for monitoring purposes and recruitment interviews
ï§ visit the school informally to attend School events e.g. Open Evening, Prize Giving etc.
ï§ commit to attend training courses, perform additional research as required and take part in monitoring of areas within the School.
ï§ be registered at Companies House as a Director of the Academy Trust Company
In return, our Governing Body commits to
ï§ provide you with a structured induction
ï§ provide access to quality training
ï§ provide you with an experienced governor as mentor
ï§ provide informal feedback on your contribution to the Governing Body on an annual basis
If you would like to find out more about how you can contribute to governance at our School, please email me with your
contact details and I will pass on your details to the Chair of Governors who will then arrange a time for a conversation.
If you are interested in joining our Governing Body parent/carers are invited to submit nominations to the Clerk to Governing
Body using the enclosed Nomination Form. Each person must be proposed and seconded by a parent/carer of a student
who is currently on roll at our School. Those nominated to stand for election may enclose with their Nomination Form a
personal statement about themselves, of not more than 200 words, and this personal statement will be circulated to
parent/carers should a ballot prove necessary. Prior to signing the form it is important to check that you are not disqualified
from becoming a parent governor for any of the reasons stated in the accompanying disqualification guidance. There are
two sets of guidance attached, one set reflects the disqualification criteria as stated in the Academy Trust Company’s
Articles of Association and the second set reflects the disqualification criteria as stated in The School Governance
(Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012.
The completed Nomination Form must be returned by 4pm on Monday, 22nd January 2018 and no nominations will be
accepted after that date and time. If the number of nominations received is equal to or less than the number of vacancies,
all those nominated will be appointed without a ballot. If the number of nominations exceeds the number of vacancies a
secret ballot will be held and nominees may request an opportunity to address a meeting of parent/carers if they wish.
The timetable for the election of Parent Governor(s) is set out below:
Tuesday, 9th January 2018 Parent/Carers’ letter and nomination forms sent home via Parentmail
Monday, 22nd January 2018 Deadline for returning nominations
Thursday, 25th January 2018 Ballot paper issued to parent/carers
Wednesday, 7th February 2018 Count of ballot papers