Due to the term of office coming to an end for one of our parent governors, we have a vacancy on our governing body from the 31st December, 2019. To stand for election as one of the parent governors in school, please complete a nomination form. If more nominations than vacancies are received, all parents will be sent voting papers, which will include the candidates’ election statement.
Being a governor is an important role and I wanted to outline some of the responsibility and time commitments involved.
Responsibilities – As a governor of a free school you will hold three legal positions – a director of the school as a company, a trustee of the school as a charity and a governor of the school. All three roles require you to act with honesty and integrity, to have an awareness of the financial position of the school and to act in the best interest of the school at all times. As a parent governor you will be able to bring to the discussions, the experience and views of our parents but primarily you will work with the other governors to provide support, challenge and oversight to the school leadership team. Governors are tasked with the difficult job of taking a long term strategic view of the school and its future.
Time commitment – There is a significant time commitment to being a school governor which you should be aware of. You will need to attend meetings during the school year and undertake relevant training. The full governing body meets four times a year, usually at 4.30pm on a Thursday – the preparation for and attendance at the meetings takes up about 18 hours a year.
Each governor also sits on one of the two sub-committees which meet between 4 and 6 times a year – the time commitment here is around 8 hours a year. In addition, there will be some mandatory training each year and a half a day induction for new governors. So in total you will need to commit a minimum of 30 hours each year – most of this time will be outside school hours.
If you are interested in being a parent governor, you should request a nomination form by emailing email@example.com or alternatively calling into school reception, this form should then be returned to the school, no later than Friday 8th November 2019 Please note that your nomination form must be supported by two parents of students attending the school and accompanied by an election statement of no more than 300 words detailing your background and skills that you would bring to a governor’s role. This will be circulated to all parents in the event of an election.