Do you have the skills, dedication and commitment required to consider becoming a parent or co-opted governor at Silkstone Primary School?
The core role of a school governing body is strategic, not operational, with 3 key aims:
- ensuring the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school;
- holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
- overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring money is well-spent.
In summary, governance is about overseeing the success of the school, agreeing strategic priorities and monitoring progress towards them.
We have a strong and effective governing body, comprising up to 12 members: the headteacher; one staff member; one local authority representative; two parent governors and up to seven co-opted members who are brought onto the governing body because of the specific skills and experience they bring to the role.
The 4 year term of office of one of our parent governors ends in late November and early next term we will then be seeking nominations to fill that parent governor vacancy. If more than one parent is nominated, we will hold an election to fill the vacancy. In addition to this upcoming parent governor vacancy, we also have a co-opted governor vacancy which we are looking to fill with someone with Early Years experience. We are therefore also inviting expressions of interest from anyone in the local community with Early Years skills and experience who would be willing to be considered for an Early Years co-opted governor role.
The parent governor vacancy will be open to anyone who has a child who is a registered pupil in the school at the time they become a governor. The co-opted governor vacancy is open to any member of the local community with Early Years skills and experience.
Being a school governor is an incredibly rewarding role – and one that puts our children’s futures first. Governors do not need special skills, experience or qualifications, although these are valuable. The most important qualities are to be interested in the life of the school, to be willing, and have the time and commitment, to be an active governor.
Governors receive full induction training, are expected to undertake ongoing training and development and to comply with our governing body code of conduct, including Nolan’s Seven Principles of Public Life. The overall annual time commitment for a new governor is likely to be up to 10 hours per month, which includes training, meetings, preparation for meetings (including reading papers in advance) and specific roles as required (including potentially as link governor on one of the school’s improvement priorities).
If you would like further information about the role of a school governor, please get in touch on a no obligation basis with Mrs Dolan or Mrs Ledger, or with me on 0784 1929835 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please consider over the next few weeks whether you have the time and commitment to potentially become a school governor and if so, whether you are interested in being nominated for this important role. We will be inviting parent governor nominations early next term and will hold a parent governor election if more than one nomination is received. Please also get in touch with me if you would like to be considered for the Early Years co-opted governor vacancy.
Chair of governors, Silkstone Primary School