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This is a nurturing environment where children, staff, parents and governors know each other and share a common understanding of the School’s purpose – to ‘aim high’ and through shared understanding of Gospel values, ensure that the potential of every child is fully achieved. Our children are happy, sociable, well-behaved and value our diversity, which enriches everything we do. We are recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the local authority and are confident this will be endorsed at our next Ofsted inspection.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Have you got what it takes to be a Parent Governor?

Nominations are now sought for a Parent Governor vacancy on the School's Governing Board.

Please ask yourself if you ‘have what it takes’ to be a Governor and, perhaps, consider putting your name forward or encourage another suitable candidate to seek nomination – but first please read all the information below and on the Notice of Parent Governor Election.

The timetable for this process (which will only necessitate an election if more than one suitable candidate emerges) is as follows:
  • Monday 8 May (latest) - vacancy advertised
  • Mon 15 May (12 noon) - deadline for nominations, to be submitted on the Parent Governor Nomination Form.  Also deadline for reasonable requests for a postal vote (only available where a parent is unable to vote in person on either of the days below) 
  • Weds 17 May - publication of statement of candidates validly nominated (if more than one) or announcement of person appointed unopposed (if only one valid nomination)
  • Tues 23 and Weds 24 May (8.15-9.15am and 3.30-4.00pm) - election (at the School), if required
  • Thurs 25 May (latest) - counting of votes (time t.b.c.) and result announced 
  • Mon 5 June – new Parent Governor to attend the Governing Board meeting
As part of this above process candidates will be asked to provide, on the Parent Governor Nomination Form, a short statement (maximum 150 words) evidencing the extent to which they have the skills and experience the Governing Board needs; their commitment to undertake training and development and/or willingness to acquire or develop the skills to be an effective governor; and how they plan to contribute to the future work of the Governing Board.

Department for Education (DfE) guidance makes it clear that only those with the skills to contribute to the effective governance and success of a school should be appointed and that the Governing Board should take steps to inform governor elections so that those taking part in the election can judge whether candidates possess the skills the governing body ideally requires.

It’s essential therefore that anyone putting their name forward to be a School Governor understands:
  • the core functions of the governing body and the role of a governor (see the Notice of Parent Governor Election)
  • that induction and other training and development will be made available to new governors to help them fulfil it;
  • the time commitment and expectations involved, e.g. the term of office, the frequency of meetings, membership of committees and the willingness to undertake appropriate training and development; and
  • any specific skills or experience that would be desirable in a new governor, such as the willingness to learn, or skills that would help the Governing Board improve its effectiveness.
The Governing Board at St.Mary Magdalen’s is fortunate already to have Governors with knowledge and experience in financial management and budgeting, business and marketing, governance, recruitment and staff management.  We would welcome another governor with any of these skills but it would be particularly helpful if the new parent governor were to have any of the following skills which we’d like to strengthen within our membership:
  • communications and PR
  • stakeholder engagement and/or fundraising
  • marketing and business
  • property management
It would also be helpful if the new parent governor has good/wide connections/networks within the local area.

Our Head Teacher is more than happy to discuss what's involved with an parent considering throwing 'their hat into the ring' - as, I am sure, will other members of our current Governing Board.

Robert Sheppard (Governor)
on behalf of Sally Saunders, Head Teacher