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We have a vacancy for a Parent Governor..
In line with our Articles of Association as an academy, we are allowed to have up to three parent Governors within our Governing Body. With this in mind and to ensure that Governance is supporting the academy as it moves forward, we would like to advertise the voluntary role of Parent Governor to all of our parents.
It may be that you are not familiar with what the role entails, in which case, please find the attached guidance for background information. It is not necessary to have a background in education, indeed experience in other work places is often valuable. A commitment to the best education for all children is more important than anything else.
Governors attend academy functions, sit on one committee, which meets at 5pm once a term, in addition to a Full Governing Body meeting which is held termly 6-8pm. In addition, Governors are linked to subjects, and depending on their interests, may be the link Governor for another area of academy life such as SEND, HS&E, Academy Council, Safeguarding etc. In the event of an Ofsted inspection, Governors are expected to meet with Inspectors and talk about the work of the academy, its strategic direction and their contribution to its self-evaluation. Occasionally, Governors are required to be available during the school day for exclusion panels, appeal panels and learning walks with a senior leader.
All Governors are required to be subject to a DBS (Safeguarding) check, and have training relating to a number of whole education issues.
I would be grateful to receive expression of interest by Monday 29th October 2018, and hope to schedule meetings in the following week to discuss the role.
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What does it involve?
Being a school governor is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to young people, give something back to your local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment. You will also be joining the largest volunteer force in the country: there are over a quarter of a million volunteers governing state funded schools in England.
Schools need governing boards that have a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience to enable it to be effective. Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has repeatedly noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing board.
There is no requirement for you to have an understanding of the education system, just the necessary skills, character and time to contribute. There is plenty of training available to help you learn about education. Schools needs and benefit from a range of professional knowledge on their governing board including education, finance, human resources, legal, marketing and public relations, property and estates management, health and safety and organisational change.
As a governor or trustee, you will be able to:
Use your own experience of education and life beyond school to inform conversations
Make a valuable contribution to education and your community
Support and challenge the school so that it improves for pupils and staff
If you would like to be considered as a Parent Governor, please email email@example.com, giving your areas of expertise and interests. Expressions of interest should be received by Friday 12th October 2018, please. Interested parents will be invited to school to have a professional discussion with Mrs White and Mrs Chapman, the Chair of Governors.