9 September 2021
PARENT GOVERNOR AT PROSPECT HOUSE PRIMARY SPECIALIST SUPPORT SCHOOL
Any parent of a registered student at Prospect House Primary Specialist Support School is eligible to stand for election.
Becoming a Governor requires a reasonable amount of time commitment and you should feel able to commit to the following:
- Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings once every half term. The meetings take place on Thursday mornings at 09.00 and last until approximately 11.30am.
- Willingness to take a ‘Lead Governor’ role in a focus area such as Safeguarding, Transition or SEN. This involves meeting on a termly basis with the lead member of staff in this area and other informal contact during the year. The aim of this role is to take a deeper dive into the area to inform your own knowledge but also to review progress and priorities and provide an additional level of challenge.
- Daytime weekday availability via prior arrangement to attend one-off meetings, participate in recruitment panels, disciplinary meetings, student attendance reviews etc. These are on an ad hoc basis and where possible are arranged around governor availability.
- On average a couple of hours in your own time prior to each meeting to read meeting papers which are circulated to all Governors in advance of the meetings.
What do Governors do?
A Govenor is there to use their experience, skills and knowledge to support and challenge the school. Governors are ultimately responsible for the development of the school. They make key decisions relating to the future of the school and agree what decisions can be delegated to senior staff. The Headteacher reports to the Governors on all key aspects of school life.
Knowledge and skills
Full training and support is provided to all Governors so no specific prior knowledge or skills are required. Just being a parent of a child currently attending the school brings a wealth of knowledge in itself and commitment to ensuring the future development of the school. Parents should also be aware that it is a 4 year term of office and you will develop in your role as Governor during this period.
Process / Timetable
Anyone who wishes to stand for election must complete the enclosed nomination form. Each nomination must be supported by parents from two other families eligible to take part in the elections.
In addition, you are required to write a short statement about yourself to provide information to parents choosing who to vote for as part of the election process. Both of these documents must be returned to the school marked for the attention of the Headteacher by Noon, Friday 17th September 2021
In the event that we have more than 2 nominations, all parents will then be sent a voting form containing the names of all parents standing for election. The voting form will be accompanied by election statements written by each candidate to provide voters with background information to support their decision of who to vote for. Voting cards must be returned in a sealed envelope (provided by the school) by Noon, Friday 24th September 2021. All parents of children currently attending Prospect House Primary Specialist Support School are eligible to vote.
Votes will be counted in the presence of the independent clerk to the Governing Body and all nominees are invited and welcome to observe the count.
All candidates will be notified of the outcome by Monday 27th September 2021 and the successful candidates will be announced on our website.
Feel unable to commit to the role of Parent Governor?
We will be developing further ways to be involved in the school as a parent over the coming year, so please feel free to contact us to register your interest in this if you wish.