12 September 2017
PARENT GOVERNOR ELECTION
I am writing to inform you of a vacancy on the school Governing Body for a Parent Governor. Details of the process to fill the vacancy follow.
THE NOMINATION OF PARENTS AS CANDIDATES
Each parent * of a pupil attending the school has the opportunity of putting their name forward with a view to becoming a Parent Governor. If you want to submit a nomination on your behalf you should do so, in writing, to the Headteacher. Letters of nomination must be countersigned by two sponsors, who must also be parents of children currently attending the School. The closing date for the receipt of nominations by the school is 4.00 pm on Wednesday 20 September 2017.
In the event of there being no more than one nomination, the person nominated will automatically become a Parent Governor. It is important to note that Governors are elected or appointed to bring the experience of that individual as a member of the Governing Body. Once elected, parent Governors are a representative parent but not a delegate. This means they are not expected to report back to parents on any matters relating to the school or Governing Body without prior consent from the Governing Body.
The Governing Body welcomes nominations from individuals with the following skills or experience: governance experience / health and safety management / local community knowledge / premises & buildings management.
THE ELECTION PROCEDURE
If the school receives more than one nomination then an election by secret ballot will be held to allow parents to decide who they would like to represent them. Should an election be necessary, it will be held as soon as possible. Each parent * of a child who at the time of the election is a pupil at the school will be entitled to vote. Following an election, parents will be told the name of the successful candidate. In the event of it being necessary to hold an election, the Headteacher will issue all parents with further details concerning the way in which the ballot (which will be entirely secret and as foolproof as possible) is to be organised and supply the official ballot papers.
CANDIDATES' CONTRIBUTION TO THE ELECTION
Candidates will be given the opportunity to write a short statement, which will be circulated by the school to all parents of the school.
TERM OF OFFICE OF PARENT GOVERNORS
An elected parent Governor will hold office for a period of four years.
It is very important for the efficiency and effectiveness of schools that parents should be encouraged to have an active involvement in their children's education. Consequently, parents are encouraged to participate and take an interest in the election process whether as candidates or voters. In this way all parents can have an effective voice concerning the running of their children's school and have a proper vehicle for the expression of their views regarding School policies.
SCHOOL GOVERNMENT IN GENERAL
On appointment all Governors receive documents and the opportunity for training to help them in their role as a School Governor. In addition, the Governors of Church of England schools are issued from time to time with further information specific to such Schools by their respective Diocesan Authorities.
If you have any queries at this stage regarding the subject of Parent Governors, would you please contact the Headteacher, who will be pleased to try to help you.
* DEFINITION OF “ PARENT”
Section 576 of the Education Act 1996 defines “parent” to include:
Disqualification from holding office as a School Governor
Schedule 6 of the School Governance (England) Constitution Regulations 2007 outlines the circumstances which render someone ineligible from holding office (or continuing to hold office) as a School Governor in England. In summary someone is disqualified from becoming or continuing to be a school Governor if s/he: