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Election of Parent Governor

Dear Parent/Carer,

Election of Parent Governor

This letter invites parents/carers of pupils at this school to consider standing for election as a Parent Governor from 5th November 2018.


All school governing bodies must have a number of Parent Governors, who are elected by parents/carers of pupils at the school for a period of 4 years.  There is currently 1 Parent Governor vacancy at this school.


As a parent/carer of a pupil at this school you can stand as a candidate or propose candidates for election to the Governing Body.


Before you decide, you may want to know more about what is involved.  Experience has shown that governors need a strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for children, the inquisitiveness to question and analyse, and the willingness to learn.  Governors need not be experts in the field of education the skills you have can be very useful to the governing body.  Governors also need what is known as ‘soft skills’ – the ability to be able to build relationships with a range of people, to be able to work as part of a team, to be able to question, and to make connections between different types of information.


Our governing body expects governors to:

Attend 6 termly meetings of the full governing body;
Sit on a committee and attend a few meetings;
Visit the school formally for monitoring purposes a few times a year;
Commit to attend induction training and other relevant training courses.

It is now a requirement that all school governors will be subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and serving as a school governor meets the requirements in respect of exempted questions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  Only successful candidates in an election will need to undergo a check and their appointment will only be confirmed once a satisfactory check has been received.  You can be assured that all checks will be dealt with complete confidentiality and independently from the school.  In order to ensure that you are eligible regarding other areas, you will be required to complete a declaration of eligibility before standing for election.


The way in which the election process works is set out below:


·                     All candidates for election must be proposed and seconded.

·                     Nominees may submit a description of themselves for inclusion with the voting paper.  This description which should not exceed fifty words and is helpful to other parents in deciding which person to vote for.

·                     Nominations should be submitted by completing and returning the paper enclosed with this letter to myself, by Friday 19th October 2018.

·                     If there are more candidates than there are vacancies, I will provide you with a voting slip and details of how and when you may vote.

·                     If the number of nominations match the number of Parent Governor vacancies, there will be no need for an election and I will display the names and address of the persons elected in a prominent position at school.


School governors work with the head and staff of the school in determining the ethos and value of the school.  It is essential that parents are actively involved in the governing body.


If you wish to know more about being a School Governor you may contact myself or talk to someone you know who has been a School Governor or contact South Gloucestershire Council on, 01454 863284/863182.


Yours sincerely,

Debbie Dix

Head teacher