Parent Governor Election
1st May 2021
Dear Parents and Carers
Election of Parent Governor at Burrough Green Primary School
We currently have one vacancy on the Governing Board, and I am writing to you to ask if you would be interested in becoming a school governor.
Being a School Governor is an important and rewarding role in the life of the school. Governors work with the Headteacher and Senior School Leaders to set the strategic direction of the school. Governors are involved in important decisions about budgets, expenditure and the use of resources to support learning. They discuss pupil outcomes to ensure that our school provides the best education it can for children, parents and our local community. Our parent governors are very valuable members of the governing body and we rely on them to help us to give a parent’s view. However, whilst they are on the governing body as representative parents, they are not delegates and other parents cannot mandate them on how they should vote.
You do not need to be an expert to tackle the range of responsibilities expected of you! Governors need 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. All governors will be expected to be able to read straightforward budget reports and data on school standards, but help, advice and training are available. The most important qualification for a parent governor is that you are committed to supporting the school, and have some time to give to the governor role.
If you are interested in becoming a part of the BGPS team and have time to commit to this role please consider becoming a parent governor.
If you would like to find out more, Mrs Anthea Kenna (Chair of Governors) and I will be hosting an information event on Monday 10th May at 6:30pm via Google Meet:
Becoming a Parent Governor Information Meeting
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/cyj-tfgi-mcc
Nominations for the role must be received in the school office by 12 noon on Monday 17th May 2021 using the attached forms (nomination form, application form and declaration of eligibility).
If you require a copy of this letter in a language other than English, in large print format, or would like paper copies of the forms, please contact the school office.
Who can become a parent governor?
Anyone who has parental responsibility for a pupil on the school roll at the time of the election can self-nominate, stand for election and can vote in the election. A parent who works for the school for 500 hours or more or a parent who is an elected member of the local authority (County Councillor) is not eligible to stand for election but they are permitted to vote. If insufficient parents stand for election the governing body can appoint nominated parents to the governing body. The term of office for a parent governor is four years, however your child does not need to have four years left in school for you to become a governor. If your child is in Y6, for example, you can complete your term after they have moved on to secondary school.
How much time would I have to commit?
Currently, BGPS governors meet as a full governing body (FGB) nine times in the year, usually at 6:30 pm. Meetings last around two-three hours. As well as this, smaller groups meet to look in more detail at areas of school development between the FGB meetings. These often take place during the day. Governors are also expected to be able to visit the school during the school day at least once in the year (preferably once per term) as part of their monitoring role.
How do I self-nominate?
Complete the nomination form below, and send it to the school office by 12 noon on Monday 17th May 2021. Along with your nomination form, we also need candidates to complete the application form below and provide a written statement of not more than 200 words outlining why they would like to be a governor, and what knowledge/skills/experience they can bring to the governing body. This statement will be sent to all parents if there are sufficient candidates for an election to help them decide who to vote for. If you would like paper copies of the forms, please contact the school office.
What happens if there are more candidates than vacancies?
On Wednesday 19th May we will inform parents about the details of parent governor nominations. If an election is necessary we will send ballot forms home with the children with the names of the candidates and their details. Each parent will have one vote as there is one vacancy. The ballot is secret and you can send or post the ballot paper back using a double envelope system. (The ballot paper should be sealed in an inner unmarked envelope, which would be sealed in an outer envelope with the name of the voter printed on the back.) The ballot paper can be placed in the ballot box outside the school office. All votes must be in by 12 noon on Wednesday 26th May when they will be counted.