Our school is inviting you to consider standing for election as a parent governor or to nominate another parent to do so. There is currently two vacancies for parent governors.
Every Kent school has a governing body, which includes a number of categories of governors including parent governors. Schools have between a minimum of two parent governors who are elected to serve for a period between one and four years, though they may resign at any time.
Together with the headteacher, the governing body has overall responsibility for the running of the school. Governors are involved in deciding school policies, allocating the school’s budget and appointing senior staff. 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 governing body’s work. In order to support governors in their work, the County Council provides full training for all governors at no charge to the individual.
In our school, we have two parent governors who serve for a term of office of four years. The full governing body normally meets six times a year usually at 1.00 p.m. on Tuesdays.
If you would like to stand for election, or to nominate someone else, please complete the form available through the school office and return it to the school office within two weeks, i.e., by 20 March. Each person nominated must be proposed and seconded by parents who have a child at the school. Anyone standing for election is invited to provide, with his/her nomination, a short personal statement (maximum of 100 words). The statement should only include biographical information, your reasons for wanting to be a parent governor and the contribution you believe you can make to the governing body.
If the number of nominations received is equal, or less than, the number of vacancies, the nominees will automatically be elected as parent governors. If, however, there are more nominations than vacancies, an election will be held and copies of the personal statements will be sent to all parents. Two weeks will be allowed for the return of ballot papers. Each parent will have one vote for each vacancy, no matter how many children he or she has at the school.
Because appointment as a school governor will give access to children there is a requirement for governors to agree to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check.
We hope you will consider standing as a governor or else nominating another parent. If you would like more information about being a school governor, please contact another governor or the school office for more information.