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Parent Governor Vacancy

12 September 2017

 

 

 

Dear Parent

 

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.

 

PARENTS' PARTICIPATION

 

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.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

 

 

N Smallwood

Headteacher

 

 

 

* DEFINITION OF “ PARENT”

 

Section 576 of the Education Act 1996 defines “parent” to include:

 

  • 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

 

  • any person who, although not a natural parent, has care of a child or young person.

 

 

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:

 

  • is a registered pupil at the school;
  • is under 18 at the date of election or appointment;
  • is detained under the Mental Health Act 1983(a);
  • without the consent of the governing body, fails to attend their meetings for a continuous period of six months beginning with the date of the first such meeting;
  • has had his/her estate sequestrated and the sequestration has not been discharged, annulled or reduced;
  • is the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or an interim order;
  • is subject to a disqualification order or disqualification undertaking under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 or under Part 2 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1989(c), or a disqualification undertaking accepted under the Company Directors Disqualification (Northern Ireland) Order 2002(d); or (d) an order made under section 429(2)(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986(e) (failure to pay under county court administration order).
  • has been removed from the office of trustee for a charity by an order made by the Charity Commissioners or the High Court on the grounds of any misconduct or mismanagement in the administration of the charity for which he was responsible or to which he was privy, or to which he contributed or which he facilitated by his conduct; or
    (b) he has been removed, under section 34 of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005(a) (Powers of Court of Session), from being concerned in the management or control of any body.
  • is disqualified from working with children;
  • within the previous five years has been convicted of any offence and has had passed a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than three months without the option of a fine.
  • within the previous twenty years has been convicted of any offence and has had passed on him a sentence of imprisonment for a period of not less than two and a half years.
  • at any time been convicted of any offence and he has had passed on him a sentence of imprisonment for a period of not less than five years.
  • within the previous five years has been convicted under section 547 of EA 1996(a) (nuisance or disturbance on school
    premises) or under section 85A of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992(b) (Nuisance or disturbance on educational premises) of an offence and has been sentenced to a fine.
  • refuses a request by the clerk to the governing body to make an application under section 113A of the Police Act 1997 for a criminal records certificate.
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