19th September 2018
Governing Board of Turton School
Parent Governor Election – Nominations
I am writing to let you know that we currently have two Parent Governor vacancies, to serve on the Governing Board.
Becoming a governor is very rewarding and worthwhile experience. Effective governors do not need educational expertise but do need to be committed to their school, willing to ask questions and offer appropriate challenge and support.
They also need to be able to work as an enthusiastic member of the governing board team with the aim of raising and maintaining high educational standards for all children. Governors are asked to act with integrity, honesty and objectivity and act at all times in the best interests of the school.
The prime focus of the Governing Board is to develop the strategic direction of the school, be accountable to stakeholders and to ensure that financial resources are spent appropriately.
Governors also have a number of opportunities to access training or development to develop and enhance their knowledge and skills.
It is important to note that governors are elected or appointed to bring the experience of that individual as a member of the governing board. Once elected, parent governors are a representative parent but not a delegate. This means they are not expected to report back to parents on any matters relating to the school or governing board without prior consent from the governing board.
Further information about the commitment and role of a governor can be gained by visiting the school website and/or the LA Governor Services website at www.governorexchange.boltonlea.org.uk
I am therefore inviting you to consider standing in the election to become a parent governor.
Before completing the attached nomination form, please remember that:
(a) a person nominated must be a parent/carer of a pupil registered at the school;
(b) a person nominated must sign the form to show that he/she is willing to be a governor;
(c) a parent/carer cannot stand for election if they work at the school for more than 500 hours in a twelve month period or if they are an elected member of the local authority;
(d) a person nominated should complete the enclosed declaration of eligibility form and sign to say that they are not disqualified from being a governor;
(e) every eligible parent is entitled to vote in a ballot process;
(f) the term of office for a parent governor shall be 4 Years;
(g) all nominations must be returned to the school by 4.00 pm on Wednesday 3rd October 2018.
Following receipt of all nominations by the stated closing date and time, if there are the same numbers of nominations as positions available, those parents will be duly elected. If however there are more nominations than positions available, a secret ballot will be held. Therefore all nominees are asked to provide a personal statement about themselves to assist with the voting process.
All newly elected and re-elected governors must complete a declaration of eligibility form to certify that they are not disqualified from being a governor. To ensure from the outset that candidates are eligible, the person nominated is asked to read and sign a pre-appointment declaration of eligibility form.
If you are considering standing in the election and would like some further information (on the work involved in being a Governor, for example) please do not hesitate to contact me.