We currently have a vacancy for a parent governor at the school. Parents or Carers of children attending the school are invited to apply.

 

What do School Governors do?

Governors play an important part, in conjunction with the Headteacher, Staff and the Trust in the running of the school.

Becoming a Parent Governor would allow you to have an input into the work of the school and to bring a parent’s view to the discussions and decisions made.

The Local Governing Body: –

  • Is accountable for the performance of the school
  • Is involved in deciding the aims, ethos and future direction of the school
  • Is involved in decisions on the school’s budget and staffing
  • Is responsible for ensuring the National Curriculum is taught
  • Contributes to the approval of school policies

Do I need to be an expert?

No, you don’t need to be an expert or have any special qualifications to become a School Governor, although you do need to be over 18. More importantly we are looking for people who are enthusiastic, interested in the education of children, willing to learn and be prepared to commit some time to this important, interesting and rewarding task of governing the school. The important thing to remember is that you would not be making decisions alone, but be working as part of a supportive team.

 

Would there be any training available?

There is an expectation that new governors will attend induction training and that they should also have an ongoing commitment to attend other development courses during their term of office. All training is paid for by the school. You would also receive a welcome pack, which includes useful information and resources to assist you in your role. The other members of the Local Governing Body would also be available to offer support and advice.

 

How much time would I be expected to give?

The full Local Governing Body meets once every half term and sometimes there are additional special meetings. You would also be encouraged to get to know the school in more informal ways like attending special events or assemblies and spending some time in the school during the day to give you an idea of how it operates.

 

Who else is on the Local Governing Committee?

There are 9 governors in total at Wheatlands, made up as follows:

  • 3 Parent Governors
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 1 Headteacher of the school
  • 4 Co-opted appointed by the Trust

How long would I serve as a Governor?

Your appointment would be for four years after which time the nomination process takes place again. If you are still a parent of a child at the school you may apply for a further term of office. If a child of a Parent Governor leaves the school, the governor can complete the term of office, unless he/she chooses to resign.

 

How do I become a Parent Governor?

You can collect a nomination form from the school office to complete. Your nomination needs the backing of another parent/carer within our school but from outside your family.

Your form should be returned to the school office in a sealed enveloped marked “NOMINATION OF PARENT GOVERNOR” NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY 25TH MAY

Nominees will be automatically appointed unless more nominations are received than there are vacancies available. In this case a ballot will be held and all parents will be sent a ballot paper.

 

Disqualifications and Checks

There are certain circumstances which would disqualify a person from becoming a governor. These are given in detail on page 4 of the nomination form and you should read these carefully before signing the declaration. If elected you will also be required to complete an enhanced DBS check. Please be aware that certain governor information is published by law on the school website and shared with other external organisations.

 

Interested but would like more information?

If you have further queries which need answering or would just like an informal chat about what being a Governor involves please do contact the school office.

 

Yours sincerely,

Mr David Wimble (Chair of Governors) & Mrs Pyle