Election of Parent Governors

9th November 2020

November 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

PARENT GOVERNOR ELECTION

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 2 parent governors and there is currently 2 vacancies).

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 executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

The governor role is strategic rather than operational. Governors do not get involved with the day to day running of a school, instead supporting, and challenging the school’s leadership team to drive school improvement.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation all training is currently being undertaken online as are all School Governing Body meetings and committee meetings.

The enclosed sheet summarises the circumstances under which someone cannot serve as a governor. In addition, parents/carers who have paid employment in the school for 500 or more hours per academic year or who are elected members of the Local Authority are not eligible to stand in these elections. Nominations must be from parents or carers with children at the school on the day that nominations close.

If you would like to stand for election, please complete the enclosed nomination form and return it to the school no later than Friday 30th November 2020. 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 more nominations than vacancies the election will be by secret ballot. If that is necessary voting papers will be sent to all parents together with details of the ballot procedure.

If you are successful in this election it is possible you may be asked to provide the name of a referee who may be contacted for a reference for you.

PLEASE RETURN YOUR COMPLETED PAPERWORK TO THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESS:

clerk@portesham.dorset.sch.uk

Yours faithfully,

Clerk to Governors

Portesham CE VA Primary school