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Fynamore Primary School
Fynamore Primary School

Become a Governor

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:

 

  • is detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 during his or her period of office;
  • fails to attend the governing body meetings – without the consent of the governing body – for a continuous period of six months, beginning with the date of the first meeting missed (not applicable to ex officio governors);
  • is subject to a bankruptcy restriction order or an interim order;
  • has had his or her estate sequestrated and the sequestration order has not been discharged, annulled or reduced;
  • is subject to:

     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)

  • has been removed from the office of charity trustee or trustee for a charity by the Charity Commissioners or High Court on grounds of any misconduct or mismanagement, or under Section 34 of the Charities and Trustees Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 from participating in the management or control of any body;
  • is included in the list of people considered by the Secretary of State as unsuitable to work with children;
  • is disqualified from working with children or subject to a direction under Section 142 of the Education Act 2002;
  • is disqualified from registration for childminding or providing day care;
  • is disqualified from registration under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006;
  • has received a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than three months (without the option of a fine) in the five years before becoming a governor or since becoming a governor;
  • has received a prison sentence of two-and-a-half years or more in the 20 years before becoming a governor;
  • has at any time received a prison sentence of five years or more;
  • has been fined for causing a nuisance or disturbance on school premises during the five years prior to or since appointment or election as a governor;
  • refuses to allow an application to the Criminal Records Bureau for a criminal records certificate.

Latest Newsletter

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Latest News

House Cup Results

Friday, 18 May 2017: 

Weekly Cup Winners:

GEORGE

CONGRATULATIONS!

 

Recent Events in School

Including Sir Shinealot and 'Get Caught Reading' Photos.

Click here for details and photos. 

 

Upcoming Events 

Fri 26 May: Break up for half term (3.15/3.20pm)

Mon 5 June: New term starts

Wed 7 June: Y5 Tank Museum Trip - 7.35am to 5.00pm

Thu 8 June: School closed for election (polling station)

Mon 12 Jun: Chestnut Tesco Trip

Wed 14 Jun: Lime Tesco Trip

Wed 14 Jun: Y3 Bristol Zoo Trip

Click here for more events.

School telephone number:

01249 810090

School address:

School Road, Calne,

Wiltshire, SN11 9UG

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