Election of Parent Governor
We have a total of four parent governors on the Governing Body and I am writing to inform you that there is now a vacancy due to the expiry of one of the current parent governors’ term of office.
Being a parent Governor is an important role, especially in a Catholic School, as the Governors assume overall responsibility for the school. Together with the Headteacher, the Governing Body has overall responsibility for the running of the school; amongst many duties, Governors are involved in deciding school policies, allocating the school’s budget and appointing senior staff.
The Governing Body has 3 core functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
There are 3 Governing Body Meetings per school year and Governors also belong to a committee which means a further 3 meetings. Further information is available on the school website.
Some parents think that they do not have the right skills, and they are modest about belonging to this group. However, no special qualifications are needed, the most important thing is to have a keen interest in the school and be prepared to play an active part in the Governing Body’s work. In order to support Governors in their work full training is provided at no cost to the individual.
I am writing to invite nominations for this position. Any parent of a registered pupil at the school is eligible for nomination by any other parent, or you can self-nominate. The term of office is four years. If you nominate another parent, you should speak with them to make sure that they are willing to stand for office. A nomination form can be found on and downloaded from the school website. The deadline for the return of nomination forms is Monday 7th October at 4pm.
If you are nominated for this position you will need to complete and return a signed ‘Declaration of Eligibility’ form, also found on the school website, or a paper copy can be sent to you on request. You will also need to write a short statement about yourself (maximum 250 words) for distribution to parents if there is to be an election (more nominations than there are vacancies). The statement could include biographical information, your reasons for wanting to be a Parent Governor, your skills and the contribution you believe you could make to the Governing Body.
Those elected will receive all the help and support we can offer.
If you would like more information about being a School Governor, please speak to me in the school playground, contact me via the school office, or come along to the ‘drop-in session’ with Mr Blundell, our Chair of Governors, at 2.30pm on Thursday 3 October.
Mr P O’Rourke