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Parent Governor Vacancy

Parent Governor vacancy


Dear Parent/Carer,

I am writing to invite you to stand for election as a parent governor, or to nominate another parent to do so. In our Nursery School we have provision for 3 parent governors and there is currently 1 vacancy.

The governing board, with the headteacher, has overall responsibility for the running of the Nursery School. Governing boards have three core strategic functions:
 Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
 Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
 Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The role of governor can be demanding but very rewarding. Parent governors serve 2 years of office and under usual circumstances, can expect to spend between 10 and 20 days a year on governing duties.
These include:
 attending meetings of the governing board and contributing to governing board business
 reading reports and papers and keeping up to date on the progress the school is making
 visiting the school from time to time during the school day.

You will be expected to sign a governors’ Code of Conduct, and to have:
 a strong commitment to the role and improving outcomes for children;
 the inquisitiveness to question and analyse;
 the willingness to learn;
 good inter-personal skills;
 appropriate levels of literacy in English;
 sufficient numeracy skills to understand basic data.

No special qualifications are needed. However a DBS check is a statutory requirement and must be applied for within 21 days of election/appointment. The most important thing is to have a keen interest in the Nursery School and be prepared to play an active part in the governing boards work.

'Parents' include:

 The parent of a registered pupil at the school.
 An individual who had or has had parental responsibility for, or cares or has cared for, a child or young person under the age of 19.

A person is disqualified from serving for election (or appointment) as a parent governor if s/he is:

 An elected member of the Local Authority; or
 Paid to work at the school for more than 500 hours in any consecutive twelve month period (at the time of the election or appointment).

If you would like to stand for election please complete the enclosed nomination form and return it to the Nursery School no later than Wednesday 19th January at 3.00pm. You may also include a short personal statement to support your nomination, which should be no longer than 250 words . (If you require a paper copy of this form please ask at Reception). Self-nominations will be accepted, but if you are nominating another parent please seek their prior consent.

If there are more nominations than vacancies the election will be by secret ballot. If that is necessary letters and ballot papers will be forwarded to parents via pupils with a covering letter outlining the arrangements to reply and incorporating or enclosing the candidate’s statement from the nomination form.

All parents of registered pupils are entitled to vote. Each parent can submit one ballot paper, regardless of the number of children they have attending the school.
The closing date and time for receipt of ballot papers will be clear to all parents as will the method of casting votes. Parents will also be given the option to vote by post.

If you are intrested in finding out more about the role and expectations/commitments then please get in touch with Alison. Attached is also some information written by one of our curent parent governors about her role.

We must stress that new statutory guidance advises that the governing board publishes online for each governor certain information including their full name, relevant business interests, whether a governor serves on another governing board and relationships with staff in the school. There is a statutory requirement for all governors to have a DBS check and you would be expected to abide by and sign a code of conduct.
May I take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your support in this matter.
Thank you
Alison Ward