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Local Governing Body - Election of Parent Governor

LOCAL GOVERNING BODY-ELECTION OF PARENT GOVERNOR

An opportunity has arisen to stand for election as a parent governor on our local governing body at Monkston Primary School, and we are currently looking for a parent governor to join the team. This is a great way to become more involved in the school and support the Monkston team. No special qualifications are needed and the most important thing is to have a keen interest in the school and be prepared to play an active part in the local governing body’s work.

What do governors do?

The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability. It has three key functions:

  1. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  3. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

The local governing body is supported by sub-committees which focus on particular areas of the school’s work and responsibilities. Governors join one sub-committee to support their work too.

How much time is involved?

The local governing body usually meets four times per academic year, as do sub-committees.  Meetings are typically held in the morning, during the school day. In addition, each governor has a particular area of responsibility, which involves meeting with the appropriate teachers and staff at school, normally once a term. If you would find it useful to meet with one of our current governors to find out more about what’s involved, please contact the office to arrange this.

How do I stand for election?

The election is for a period of four years and those eligible to stand must be parents or carers of pupils who are currently at this school.  A parent whose child leaves the school during his/her term of office may continue as a parent governor for the full period, if s/he so wishes. There are circumstances in which individuals are disqualified from becoming a Governor, including where an individual has been barred from working with children and vulnerable adults, bankruptcy and criminal conviction.  Should you require further information on disqualification clauses, please see the attached for further information.

If you would like to stand for election please complete the nomination form and return it to the school no later than 9am on Wednesday 29th September 2021.  Please also include a short personal statement to support your nomination, which should be no longer than 250 words. Self-nominations will be accepted, but if you are nominating another parent please seek their prior consent. 

If there are only two parents nominated, they will be elected unopposed but if there are three or more candidates for the vacancy, a ballot will be held.  If this is necessary, a further letter about the arrangements will be sent to you.  All parents whose child/children attend this school will be entitled to vote in the ballot and voting will be on the basis of one vote per parent/carer. If it proves impossible to fill these vacancies, the Board of the Kingsbridge Educational Trust has the right to appoint governors in order to fill the required number of parent governor places on the governing body.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Gledhill

Chair of Governors

 

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