Election of a Parent Governor
17th November 2016
Re: Election of a Parent Governor
A vacancy exists on the academy’s governing body for a parent governor. I am writing to inform you of the election arrangements and to invite you to stand for election. Parent governors are appointed for a period of four years, irrespective of whether their children remain in school during that period.
Parents who are willing and eligible to stand as a candidate for election should complete the attached nomination form, including a brief statement about themselves. The form then needs to be signed by the candidate and two other parents. Parents of all children currently registered at the academy are entitled to stand for election or to nominate others. For these purposes ‘parent’ includes a step-parent, guardian or other persons having parental responsibility. Please note that you will be disqualified from standing for election as a parent governor if any of the following criteria are applicable:
You are employed at this school for more than 500 hours in a consecutive twelve month period (i.e. more than one third). You will, however, be entitled to vote in the election.
You are an elected member of the Local Authority (Staffordshire County Council).
Prospective governors should satisfy themselves that they are not disqualified from being a school governor in general (see nomination form) and that they meet the eligibility criteria for being a parent governor at the academy.
You may also like to note that the governing body has a Code of Conduct and that any new governor will be expected to sign up to and adhere to that code. In addition, governors of academy schools are also required to be registered as directors of the Academy Trust at Companies House. It is also our policy that all governors are required to have a DBS check. This will reveal information about any previous cautions and convictions.
Completed nomination forms must be returned to the academy no later than 12 noon on Friday 2nd December 2016, marked for the attention of Miss Wendy Fenton. As soon as possible following the closing date for nominations, if more than one nomination has been received all parents will be sent a ballot paper giving details of each of the candidates. Parents will be asked to indicate their preference as appropriate, and return the ballot paper to the school office no later than the date shown. To comply with statutory regulations the ballot will be conducted in secret.
All candidates will be invited to attend the count, although it will not be invalidated due to inability to attend.
The results of the ballot will be posted on the school notice board immediately following the count.
If you have any questions or queries about becoming a parent governor, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Fenton, PA to the Principal on 01785 354050.
Mr C Wright
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