Could you be our next parent governor?

We currently have vacancies on our school governing body for TWO PARENTS and will be recruiting this month.  We’d like to invite you to consider getting involved.

Parents are a vital part of our school community and this is reflected in the fact that 4 out of our 11 governors are parents.  Being a governor can be hugely rewarding but it can feel quite daunting if you are not sure what it is all about.  We hope this information sheet will tell you more about the role and encourage you to think about whether you could take it on! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact one of our parent governors – Ali Smith (07795 652 788) or speak to Julian Thomas.  A formal application form and outline will be coming out this week but please come and have a chat!

What do governors do?

School governors are volunteers who work together to ensure that their school promotes the highest standards of educational experience for all pupils.  Governors across the country have 3 core roles:

  1. To get involved in strategic planning for the school – setting priorities for improvement and monitoring how the school is working towards those priorities.
  2. To hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school.
  3. To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure it’s money is well spent Governors don’t get involved in the day to day running of the school , that is the job of the head and teaching staff. Instead they are there to support and challenge the school to achieve its aims.

How do parents do governors fit in?

Our governors represent different stakeholders in the school.  All have an equal role and together act as a group decision body.  Georgeham has 11 governors:

  • 4 parent governors – elected by the parents
  • 1 staff governor – elected by their colleagues
  • 2 community governors – elected by the governors
  • 2 foundation governors appointed by the school’s founding body, the Church
  • 1 local authority governor – nominated by the local education authority

Parent governors are a vital link between the school and the parent community but are representatives rather than delegates.  You role is to listen to the wider context and consider it.  You don’t have to vote in a particular way because you are a parent nor will you have to take on individual concerns or issues.

How big is the commitment?

Being a governor takes time but our existing governors manage the workload around full or part time jobs and other community roles..  Time is needed to prepare for meetings, attend training and develop knowledge.  To give you some perspective we’ve summarised a typical year below – most governors serve a 4 year term of office:

  • 5 meetings as a full governing body – the full group of governors meets twice in the Autumn term, once in the Spring term and twice in the summer term. Meetings last around 2 hours.
  • 6 committee meetings – all governors are part of a committee. The committees meet half termly for about an hour each time.  There are  two core committees:  Teaching and Learning (which covers areas such as the curriculum, performance and safeguarding) and Resources (which looks at finance, personnel and buildings)
  • Governors usually develop an interest in particular area of governorship – our governors all have ‘Lead Governor’ roles which sounds grand but is a way of dividing the work and building up expertise in specific areas. Training courses are available and most governors will attend 2 or 3 training sessions a year.
  • Governors typically visit the school once a term – your visit will usually be linked to the Lead Governor role you take on but may also be an opportunity to get to know the school better or see initiatives in action.

Do I need any particular qualifications or skills?

Many parents worry they don’t have the right experience or qualifications for the role.  The truth is that there is no set template for being a governor – we benefit most when our team has a wide range of backgrounds and experiences to bring to the table.  There is a steep learning curve but you won’t be thrown in at the deep end!  We have an induction programme, you will be assigned another governor as a mentor and there are many  training courses and resources available to develop your knowledge.

If you have an open mind, a willingness to ask questions, think about issues objectively, like a new challenge and have the well-being of the school at heart then you could make a brilliant governor.   We would love you to apply!