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St Peter's Brafferton Church of England VA Primary School

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Parent Governor Elections

The Governing Body of St Peter’s would like to invite nominations from parents to fulfill a vacancy which has arisen for the role of Parent Governor. This represents an exciting opportunity to contribute to the continued success and growth of our fantastic village school after our successful Ofsted and SIAMS inspections within the last eighteen months, in which the Governing Body’s contribution to the achievements of the school was praised and recognised.  At St Peter’s, as a Voluntary Aided school, the Governing Body is made up of 12 govenors: two parent governors, a governor nominated by the Local Authority (the County Council), a school staff governor, the headteacher and seven foundation governors appointed by the York Diocesan Board of Education.

 

Once appointed or elected, all governors must operate in the best interest of pupils, not as representatives to lobby on behalf of their constituency.

 

The core functions of a Governing Body are as follows:

 

  • 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.

 

This is a demanding task for which all governors need to have, or develop, relevant and appropriate skills. The governors, together as a body, have a range of legal responsibilities, so being a governor is an important commitment and new governors should be willing to attend training to help them learn what is entailed.

What is expected of governors?

  • To acknowledge that accepting office as a governor involves the commitment of significant amounts of time and energy.
  • To strive to work as a team in which constructive working relationships are actively promoted.
  • To observe complete confidentiality when matters are deemed confidential or where they concern specific members of staff or pupils, both inside or outside school
  • To accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the board or its delegated agents. This means that we will not speak against majority decisions outside the governing board meeting.

The Parent Governor role is a strategic one and will have a particular monitoring focus for Literacy in school, including our wonderful Helperbees Preschool provision. We are looking for someone who has the skills and experience to fulfill this important role:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum (2014) requirements, including reading, phonics and the development of literacy skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of, or a willingness to learn about, the school’s approach to teaching Reading and Writing.
  • Good interpersonal skills and an ability to interact effectively with staff and children.

The term of office for this position is four years, and the Governing Body meet monthly ten times per academic year. In addition, governors are expected to be able to spend some time in school each term. Full induction training will be provided for the successful candidate. Candidates will be required to undertake self-declaration of eligibility and will be subject to an enhanced DBS check if successful.

Parent Governors are elected by other parents at the school. Any parent, or carer, of a registered pupil at the time of election is eligible to stand for election as a parent governor. Parents may continue to hold office until the end of their term of office, even if their child leaves the school.

Any parent who would like to nominate themselves for this role should contact or email the school at admin@st-peters-brafferton.n-yorks.sch.uk to ask for a nomination pack. This will include a nomination form, a self-declaration of eligibility and further details on the role. Nominees will be asked to write a short statement detailing their commitment to becoming an effective governor, the extent to which they have the skills and experience to fulfil the role and how they plan to contribute to the future work of the governing body.

All nominations and statements from parents wishing to be considered should be sent to school by the closing date for nomination: 12pm on Thursday 7th November 2019. If more than one nomination is received, there will be a secret ballot and I will send each parent ballot forms and envelopes for their return. If there is one nomination, that person will be declared elected. Parents will be informed what the arrangements are for the next stage of the election during the week commencing Monday 11th November 2019.

The rules for the election are written down in procedures set by the Local Authority and these can be inspected in school on request.

Anyone wishing to discuss the role further is invited to contact school.

 

 

 

 

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