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The Queen's C of E
Primary School

Parent Governor Elections: October 2021

We are pleased to announce that there are currently 2 vacancies for parent governors on the Governing Board, as our previous parent governors have come to the end of their terms of office.

As the parent/carer of a child currently on roll you are able to propose candidates for election or to stand as a candidate yourself. This is an excellent opportunity to participate in shaping the strategic vision of the school ensuring our children are in a nurturing, safe environment conducive to learning.

On this page we have set out some details about:

What are we looking for?

We welcome all interested parents/carers to consider these parent governor roles.

Although there are no formal requirements for being a parent governor (other than being a parent/carer* of a child at the School), schools need and benefit from a range of professional knowledge on their Governing Board. As a Board we also undertake regular skills audits to identify our needs and to support succession planning. As part of this, we are particularly keen to hear from parents/carers who may fit the following ideal skills-based requirements:

  • Backgrounds and experience in:

              -  Education and / or data analysis

              - Finance

              - Human resources / employment law and / or

              - Property management

  • A willingness to undertake training in these areas and to be involved in areas of specific Board responsibility, such as Safeguarding, Policies and/or PSA Liaison Governor.

We are looking for governors with an appropriate amount of time available in order to do justice to the role, people from as diverse a cross section of our community as possible, and individuals who are willing to work hard as part of a team.

* Parents may include natural parents, legal guardians or any other person who has day-to-day care of a registered pupil at the school. A person is disqualified from election or appointment as a parent governor of a school if they are an elected member of the local authority, or they work at the school for more than 500 hours (for more than one-third of the hours of a full-time equivalent) in a school year (at the time of election or appointment).

The Queen’s School Governing Board

The core functions of the Governing Board are:

  • to provide strategic leadership to the School

  • to hold the Co-Headteachers to account
  • to ensure that the School’s money is well spent
  • to support and nurture the Christian ethos of the School

Governors help the School to provide the best possible education for all pupils. The day to day running of the School is not the job of the governors; that is the responsibility of the Co-Headteachers and the staff.

The Governing Board works through a number of Committees and alongside staff in Phase Teams, as well as through the Full Governing Board and a number of working groups.

The Governing Board has 16 Governor posts:

  • The Co-Headteachers (one position)
  • One staff governor elected by staff
  • Nine foundation governors comprising:
    • The Vicar of St. Anne’s or a proxy appointed by the Archdeacon of Wandsworth;
    • Tw governors appointed by Southwark Diocesan Board of Education (SDBE); and
    • 6 governors appointed by St Anne’s (including representation for The Barn and St Luke’s);
  • Two parent governors elected by the school community;
  • One Local Authority governor nominated by the LA and appointed by the Governing Board; and
  • (Optionally), two co-opted governors appointed by the Governing Board because they have particular skills required.

Details of the current Governing Board membership can be found here

For further detailed information please see the DfE’s Governance Handbook (2019) and Competency Framework for Governance. More information about being a governor can be obtained by contacting governor.support@achievingforchildren.org.uk

The role of parent governors

As a parent governor, your role is to bring a parental perspective to the issues addressed by the Board– parent governors not there to speak 'on behalf' of the parent body: the role is frequently described as being a “representative parent”, rather than a “parent representative”.

Other than for this, parent governors are no different from other governors.

Using your perspective as a parent will help the Board understand a parent's viewpoint, assisting the Board in making good decisions and maintaining a strong link between governance and the parent community.

Expectations for all governors

Although it is a voluntary role, being a governor at The Queen’s School is a serious commitment and great responsibility. It is also a great privilege and a wonderful way to contribute your skills and talents to the success of the School.

All governors are expected to commit to a full 4 year term of office. Governors are also expected to regularly attend both Full Governing Board and Committee meetings and undertake a fair share of the Board’s work. This includes taking on specific additional responsibilities, participating in school visits and attending all requisite governor training.

New governors typically sit on 1-2 committees and take on one specific additional responsibility, as well as attending all Full Governing Board meetings.  

The termly time commitment to be a governor varies but you should expect to devote approximately 20 hours per term to the role.

All governors are required to comply with our code of conduct here, maintain confidentiality and undertake a DBS check.  The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all governors to share this commitment.

All new governors are supported by a detailed induction programme, support with training requirements, allocation of a mentor and the support of a professional Clerk.

The nomination and election process

Election timetable:

Monday 27/09/21

The election procedure to be explained and nominations invited by sending a letter to each parent with a child on roll via Parentmail.

Wednesday 13 October 2021 by 12 noon

Deadline for the receipt of nominations.

 

Thursday 21 October 2021 by 12 noon

 

Deadline for the receipt of voting papers .

 

Friday 22 October 2021

Following the ballot, all candidates will be informed of the full results. The notification will include a copy of the voting paper showing the total number of votes cast for each candidate.

Written notification of the result will be sent to all parents as soon as possible.

 

Nomination process

A letter from the Co-Headteachers has now been issued to all parents and carers and can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

As explained in that letter, if you wish to propose candidates/ or self-nominate, please take the following action:

  • Obtain permission of the person concerned.
  • Having done so, please let the Co-Headteachers know in writing (by no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 13th October 2021), the full name,  the email address of the candidate proposed, and the full name and class of their child at the school,please email your nomination to clerkqsk@queens.richmond.sch.uk.
  • Again, by no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 13th October 2021, arrange for the candidate to let the Co-Headteachers have, if they so wish, a personal statement regarding the candidacy (no more than 100 words).

Personal statement

It is recommended that personal statements include the following information:

  • Evidence of the extent to which they possess the skills and experience the governing board desires
  • Their commitment to undertake training and development to acquire or develop the skills to be an effective governor
  • How they plan to contribute to the future work of the governing board

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

Voting process (if required)

If there are more candidates than vacancies a voting paper, listing the names of all eligible candidates proposed and including any personal statements received by the due date, will be issued to all parents along with further details of the voting process and timetable

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.

Reference checks and disqualification

Appointment to the Board will be subject to reference checks.

Further details of how a person may be disqualified from being a governor are available at the school and will be issued to all candidates. Unless later disqualified, a parent governor elected now may serve for a four year term of office.

Please contact Inga Hall on governor@queens.richmond.sch.uk to learn more.

Further information about being a governor can be obtained from Governor Support, Achieving for Children:

 Phone:  07971 363246 [office hours]

 Email: governor.support@achievingforchildren.org.uk

We thank you very much for considering this important role in our school community.