Tuesday 7 September, 2021
Re: Parent Governor vacancy at St Matthew’s C of E School
I am writing to invite you to stand for election as a Parent Governor, or nominate another parent to do so. In our school, we have provision for two Parent Governors and there is, currently, one vacancy.
The Governing Body, with the Headteacher, has overall responsibility for the running of the school. Governing bodies 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; and
- 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 a four year term of office and under usual circumstances, can expect to spend between 10 and 20 days a year on governance duties. These governance duties include:
- attending meetings of the Governing Body and associated Committees, usually outside of school hours and contributing to Governing Body business;
- reading reports and papers and keeping up to date on the progress that the school is making; and
- visiting the school, from time to time, during the school day.
You will be expected to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, sign a governors’ Code of Conduct and 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 statistical data.
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. Training is available for all governors and the Governing Body has an expectation that those new to school governance attend the free induction training.
For your reference, please refer to the page which summarises the circumstances under which someone cannot serve as a governor. In addition, parents who have paid employment, in the school, for 500 hours or more in any 12 consecutive months or who are elected members of the Local Authority are not eligible to stand as a Parent Governor.
Each *parent of a pupil attending the school is given the opportunity of putting their name forward with a view to becoming a Parent Governor. If you would like to stand for election, please complete the nomination form and return it to the school office no later than 9.15 am on Wednesday 22 September, 2021. You should 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. Nominations must be from parents with children, at the school, on the day that nominations close. Please note that incomplete nomination forms will not be accepted. Paper copies of this letter and the nomination form are available in the school office, if required.
In the event of there being no more than one nomination form, the person nominated will be elected unopposed and will, automatically, become a Parent Governor. If there are more nominations than vacancies, the election will be by ballot. If that is necessary, voting papers will be sent to all parents, together with details of the ballot procedure.
Miss H Harrison
*Definition of `parent’
Section 576 of the Education Act 1996 defines `parent’ to include:
- all natural parents, whether they are married or not; and
- any person who, although not a natural parent, has parental responsibility for a child or young person; and
- any person who, although not a natural parent, has care of a child or young person.
- Qualifications and disqualifications to serve as a school governor
- Parent Governor Nomination Form
Qualifications and disqualifications to serve as a school governor as set out in the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012
- A Governor must be aged 18 or over at the time of his/her election or appointment and cannot hold more than one governorship at the same school.
- A person is disqualified from election or appointment as a Parent Governor if he/she:
- is employed at the school for more than 500 hours in any 12 consecutive months;
- is an elected member of the Local Authority.
- A person is disqualified from holding or continuing to hold office as a governor or associate member if he/she:
- is a registered pupil at the school;
- has failed to attend Governing Body meetings at the school without the consent of the Governing Body, for a continuous period of six months;
- has been disqualified for failing to attend Governing Body meetings at the school without the consent of the Governing Body, for a continuous period of six months whilst serving as a foundation, local authority, co-opted or partnership governor at the school in the last 12 months;
- has had his/her estate sequestrated and the sequestration has not been discharged, annulled or reduced;
- is subject to a bankruptcy restriction order, an interim bankruptcy restrictions order, a debt relief restrictions order or an interim debt relief restrictions order;
- is subject to:
- a disqualification order or disqualification undertaking under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986;
- a disqualification order under the Companies Directors Disqualification (Northern Ireland) Order 2002;
- a disqualification undertaking accepted under the Company Directors Disqualification (Northern Ireland) Order 2002;
- an order made under section 429(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 an order made by the Charity Commission or Commissioners or High Court on the grounds of any misconduct or mismanagement in the administration of the charity for which he/she was responsible; or to which he/she was privy; or to which he/she contributed or he/she facilitated by his/her conduct; or
- has been removed, under section 34 of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005, from being concerned 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 (under section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1999);
- is subject to a direction of the Secretary of State under section 142 of the Education Act 2002 (or any other disqualification, prohibition or restriction which takes effect as if contained in such a direction);
- is subject to a direction of the Secretary of State under section 128 of the Education and Skills Act 2008;
- is barred from regulated activity relating to children in accordance with section 3(2) of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006;
- is disqualified from working with children under sections 28, 29, or 29A of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000;
- is disqualified from registration under Part 2 of the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 for child minding or providing day care;
- is disqualified from registration under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006;
- has been convicted of any offence and received a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than 3 months (without the option of a fine) in the 5 years before or since becoming a governor;
- has been convicted of any offence and received a prison sentence of two and a half years or more in the 20 years before becoming a governor;
- has been convicted of any offence at any time and received a prison sentence of 5 years or more;
- has been convicted of an offence and sentenced to a fine under section 547 of EA 1996 (nuisance or disturbance on school premises) or under section 85A of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (nuisance or disturbance on educational premise) during the 5 years prior to or since appointment or election as a governor;
- has refused a request by the Clerk to the Governing Body to make an application under section 113B of the Police Act 1997 for a criminal records certificate.
Parent Governor Nomination Form
Parent Governor Nominee
I wish to submit my nomination for the role of Parent Governor. I confirm that I am willing to stand as a candidate for election as a Parent Governor. I have a child at the school and I am not disqualified from holding office for any of the reasons set out in the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012.
Name of Nominee
Address of Nominee
Signature of Nominee
Details of the Proposer (if different to the Nominee)
The Proposer must be a parent of a child, currently, attending the school. The Proposer must have sought the consent of the Nominee.
Name of Proposer
Address of Proposer
Signature of Proposer
Parent Governor Nominee personal statement - limited to 250 words, only.
Completed Nomination Forms must be returned, to the school, by 9.15 am on 22/09/21.