BECOMING A PARENT GOVERNOR
- Currently have a child or children in our school
- Have an open and enquiring mind
- Shows a willingness to listen and make informed judgements
- Able to work well with others
- Interested in education generally and our school in particular
- Have a desire to play a part in improving our school
- Willing to give about 20 hours per term to attend meetings, training courses and visit school to talk staff, pupils and parents
- Available during school hours to get to know the team
Yes, then you are the very person to become a parent governor. Everyone has something to offer and we want people from as many backgrounds and interests as possible.
If we have a vacancy we will let you know and you can apply straight away. However you can always talk to the school and let us know about your interest as we may have a role for you.
In return we can offer:
- An insight into the wider perspective of the school through long-term planning
- A chance to develop skills in strategic management
- The opportunity to work with our team of governors and staff in improving our school
- Training to develop an understanding of specific school management issues
- The support and assistance of local and county staff
- A sense of achievement in making a difference to our school
- The pleasure of seeing children learning
The governing body of our school is responsible for:
- Ensuring that pupils receive high quality education and that the conduct of the school reflects this aim
- Working with the headteacher on the strategic planning and management of the school
- Considering and agreeing the aims and policies of the school
- Discussing and approving the targets for improvement
- Appointing the staff
- Setting and monitoring the budget
- Monitoring the performance of the school
- Reporting to the parents and community on how we have accomplished our tasks
GOVERNORS LINK COMMUNITIES AND SCHOOLS
Governors are the link between the school and the community and representatives of all those with an interest in the well-being and reputation of the school are needed.
We are all volunteers working in our own time, and we are all busy people. However we feel that we gain much in personal development as well as a feeling of satisfaction that we have played an important part in improving education in the local community. There are opportunities to work with others on all aspects of strategic planning and management including financial oversight and personnel issues. Although we deal with the total school finances, we employ staff to do the actual work on our behalf, just as we take an interest in the teaching but employ teachers to actually teach the pupils.
We work together as a team. Sometimes the whole governing body is involved and sometimes we work in smaller committees or working groups. This gives us the chance to develop specific interests of our own as well as for the benefit of the whole governing body. Those of us who are not currently employed outside our homes, find that being a governor provides an opportunity to get together with other adults who we may never have met in other circumstances, work as team members in a worthwhile cause and develop skills and expertise that we weren’t certain we had before joining the governing body!
The governing body seeks individuals from as many different backgrounds as possible in order to fully reflect the community the school serves. Everyone has something to offer. Specific training (free) is available to develop an understanding of school finance and budgeting, strategic planning, and personnel issues and there are staff in both local education offices and headquarters who are there to support and advise individuals and the governing body in their responsibilities.
As a parent governor you would be a representative of the parents, but you would not be mandated to vote on their behalf. It may be useful to get the general feelings from parents on various issues from time to time, but in seeking to fill the post of parent governor, the governing body are looking for someone who will help them see the school from the widest possible viewpoint. Parents are vital to the work of the governing body. As a parent governor you will be a governor in your own right with the same responsibilities as everyone else to work together as part of the governing body for the good of the school.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Governors can make a real difference to the performance of the school and have a real part to play in making the school successful.
You might also like to look at more information for prospective governors on the Hampshire County Council website http://www.hants.gov.uk/education/governors/governors-govrecruit.htm.