Parent Governor Vacancy

Parent Governor Vacancy

Dear Parents/Carers,

We currently have a vacancy for one parent governor and are seeking nominations for an enthusiastic and committed parent or carer to join the resources committee of our governing board. As the parent or guardian of a pupil currently on roll, you are eligible to stand as a candidate. (Eligible candidates include father, mother, legal guardian, person having custody of a child on roll).

There are no particular qualifications required for the role but, following an analysis of the results of our skills audit, we would be particularly keen to receive nominations from someone with experience in any of the following areas: 

Accounting & Finance 
Premises Management
ICT & Technology 
Health & Safety

The core functions of the governing board are: 

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
Holding senior leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation, its pupils, and the performance management of staff. 
Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent. 

The term of office for all governors is four years.

At Burlington Infant & Nursery School, we always aim for positive and purposeful partnerships with parents, which undoubtedly bring important benefits to the pupils. One of the most significant ways you can help in promoting this aim is to volunteer to be a parent governor. The governing board’s main tasks are to support the school, ensure that all pupils receive a high quality education and plan for future development and improvement.

Parent governors are welcomed as valued members of the team and play a vital role in ensuring the governing board is aware of the views of parents and the local community. We are confident that there are parents prepared to volunteer to take on this key role and give their time and commitment to help us continue to develop and improve the school's performance.

The resources committee currently meets four times a year and meetings usually start at 8am and finish around 9am. In addition to this, there are three meetings per year with the full governing body. These meetings usually start at 6pm and finish around 8pm. All meetings are held either at the school or virtually. 

Governors are invited once a term to visit the school during the day for monitoring visits and are encouraged to support school events, where possible. 

We offer new governors a comprehensive and supportive induction, and full training for the role is available and encouraged. In line with our school safer recruitment practice, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and two character references will be sought if successfully elected. 

If you wish to stand for the position of parent governor, please complete the candidate nomination form (please see link below) by 12.00 noon on Wednesday 22nd March 2023. Before applying, please read the attached code of conduct, which all governors are expected to sign annually, and the governor declaration, which lists the criteria that could disqualify you from serving as a governor.

Nomination Form -

For equality purposes, canvassing in any form (including social media) is not permitted.

Governor Declaration

Governor Code of Conduct

Governor web page on our school website

When nominating yourself or someone else for the role of parent governor, you are nominating the person you believe has the skills and commitment to undertake the role. You are also nominating someone you trust to represent the views of parents when working with other governors and the headteacher, to promote high standards and strategically develop the school. The parent governor’s role is not to represent individual parents’ views or to report back directly to parents. 

Should you have any questions about the role please do not hesitate to contact the clerk to governors, Nadia Ahmed via the school office. 

If there are more candidates than vacancies, voting details listing the names of all eligible candidates proposed and including any personal statements received by the due date, will be issued to all parents. If the number of candidates is equal to, or less than, the number of vacancies the candidates will be elected unopposed, in which case all parents will be sent written notice of the names of the governors elected, together with their personal statements.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs S Yay-Walker, Headteacher