16 OCTOBER 2020
Meadow High School Governing Body
Notification of a Parent Governor Vacancy
I am writing to invite nominations for the position of Parent Governor. The role of the Governing Body is a strategic one and its three core functions are:
- setting the vision and strategic direction of school
- holding the headteacher to account for its educational performance
- ensuring financial resources are well spent.
To be a Governor you do not need to be an expert in education, but you do need to be committed and be able to dedicate time to carry out your duties effectively. The Governing Body meets at least once per term, on a Monday evening and you would be expected to serve on one or two committees. The committee meetings are currently also held on a Monday evening once or twice a term. You will also need to visit the school occasionally during the school day to observe the school in action and meet with the staff. Currently all meetings are being held virtually.
Support and training are available to help you to understand and fulfil your role. The term of office for a Parent Governor is four years and you may serve the full four years even if your child leaves the school. Governors may resign at any time by writing to the clerk.
If you would like to stand for election, please complete and return the attached nomination form either to the school office by 12 noon on Friday 16th October or by email to our clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org . If only one nomination is received, you will be appointed unopposed. If an election is required, the details you supply will be circulated with the ballot papers to all the parents in the school to help them to decide whom to vote for. Please note that if no nominations are received the Governing Body has the power to appoint a parent to fill the vacancy.
Only parents of children registered at the school are entitled to stand or vote if an election. Please note that if you are an elected member of the Local Authority or work at the school for 500 hours or more per school year you may not stand for election as a Parent Governor but you are still entitled to vote. These regulations are laid down by law.
If an election is necessary then each parent will be sent one ballot paper regardless of the number of children they have at the school. The ballot will be secret and you will be notified of the result as soon as possible afterwards.
If you would like to know more about becoming a parent governor please contact our clerk, Gill Duncan on email@example.com or speak to Mrs Rigby.
A copy of the above letter and application form are attached below. Also attached is an information sheet "Role of a School Governor".