Have you ever considered becoming a school governor? Being a governor can be very rewarding. It gives you the opportunity to gain new personal and professional skills, whilst experiencing something different to your normal routine.
Parent governors are elected by other parents and are vital to our governing body. They share equally with other governors the responsibility for carrying out the governing body’s wide range of responsibilities. Your role will be as a typical parent bringing a parent’s perspective to the running of the governing body and the school. We are particularly keen to attract governors with finance / procurement experience, data analysis skills or a keen interest in the curriculum.
Role of a Governing Body
Governors do not run the school day to day, as their role is at the strategic/policy-making level in the school. The core function of a governing body is to:
1. set strategic direction
2. ensure accountability
3. monitor and evaluate the school's performance
Role of a Governor
All governors equally share the responsibility for carrying out the wide range of governing body’s functions. Governors do not run the school on a day-to-day basis, but have a critical role at the strategic/policy making level of the school. As a parent governor, you will bring a parent’s perspective to the running of the governing body and decision making of the school.
Expectations of a Governor
If you join our governing body, you would serve for a four year term and you can continue to the end of the term of office even if your child/children leave the school. Being a governor does take up time. There are 6 full governing body meetings each year. Full governing body meetings are held on Tuesdays from 6.30-8.30 pm, usually one in each term.
All governors are allocated a specific area of responsibility e.g. monitoring and evaluation of a specific school initiative; staffing, communications, etc. Governors will be expected to take the lead on their allocated area. In addition, governors usually serve on a committee(s). There are currently two committees; a Leadership and Management Committee; and a Monitoring and Evaluation Committee. Each committee meets 6 times per year (once a term).
You will need to set aside time to be an effective governor; this will include preparation for meetings; attendance at governor meetings, specific pieces of project work; training; as well as visits to school.
Did you know your place of work may support you in becoming a volunteer in the community? For more information on the benefits of becoming school governor for both you and your employer, please click here.
Governor Induction and Training
We are committed to the professional development of our governors. As well as specific development sessions within our full governing body meetings, there are regular opportunities to attend events to network with governors from other schools and to receive training on important areas. There is also a range of online training and support for governors which individuals will be expected to undertake.
Before nominating yourself, we would encourage you to talk to Stella Fowler (Chair of Governors) to find out what being a governor at this school involves as well visiting the school website. You can contact Stella Fowler via the school office.
Who can be a parent governor?
All those who have parental responsibility and are over the age of 18 are eligible to stand for election, including parents who work at the school provided that they work for less than 500 hours per year when they are elected.
“Parent” is defined as including “any individual who has or has had parental responsibility for, or cares or has cared for, a child or young person under the age of 18”. It includes a person who the child lives with and who looks after the child, irrespective of what their relationship is with the child. This must be someone involved in the full-time care of the child on a settled basis.
There are some circumstances that disqualify an individual from serving as a school governor, please read the list of disqualifications.
Qualifications and Disqualifications
Schedule 6 of the Constitution Regulations covers the qualifications and disqualifications of governors.
A governor must be aged 18 or over at the time of his or her election or appointment and cannot be a registered pupil at the school. A person cannot hold more than one governorship at the same school.
A person is disqualified from holding or from continuing to hold office as a governor or associate member if he or she:
i) a disqualification order or disqualification undertaking under the Company Directors Act 1986
ii) a disqualification order under Part 2 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1989
iii) a disqualification undertaking accepted under the Company Directors Disqualification (Northern Ireland) Order 2002
iv) an order made under Section 492(2)(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986 (failure to pay under a County Court administration order)
Friday, 17 March 2017:
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Recent Events in School
Including Internet Safety Day and a visit from a PCSO.
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Tue 28 Mar: Meal order deadline
Fri 31 Mar: Year 1 Spring Performance 2.40pm
Fri 31 Mar: Design an Easter Egg Competition deadline
Fri 7 Apr: Break up for Easter
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Wiltshire, SN11 9UG