Parent Governor Vacancy

14th April 2016

Dear Parents,


We are looking for a new parent governor to join the governing body team to support the strategic direction of the school.  This is an important and exciting opportunity and we welcome someone who can contribute fresh and stimulating ideas.  All parents/carers of a child registered at the school are invited to apply.

If you are interested, please collect a nomination form from the School Office or download it from the school website.  Your nomination must be supported and signed by two more current parents of children in the school. We have included some information about being a governor, which you should consider carefully to ensure you can commit to the role.  

If we receive more than one application, we will need to run an election.  This is why we ask all applicants to complete a statement of between 150 and 200 words to support their nomination, so that parents can make an informed decision when casting their votes.  You should outline why you wish to be a parent governor and what you feel you can offer the school.  You may include any information which you consider relevant – whether that be your work and life experiences, or your experience as a parent. 

Please follow this weblink to view the grounds for disqualification from governorship.

The closing date for the return of completed applications is 3.15pm on Monday 25th April 2016. Please pass completed applications back to the School Office in an envelope marked for the attention of Clerk to the Governors. If we receive more than one application, the information on each nominee will be sent home on Wednesday 27th April and parents will be invited to vote for their preferred candidate.

If you would like to know more about what is involved in being a governor at St Nicolas, please drop in to have a word with me.

Yours sincerely 


Andy Richbell - Headteacher

Julie Scarratt - Chair of Governors



Being a School Governor

Time commitment

The term for the elected parent governor is four years.  There are six full governing body meetings per year, which all governors are expected to attend.  These meetings usually take place on Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm. There are also committee meetings each term (School Improvement and Resources) and we ask all governors to be a member of at least one of these. 


You would be expected to complete the governor induction programme provided by the local authority, which comprises five hours (in two short sessions or one long session) that are run regularly throughout the year, with daytime and evening choices. There are also other training courses you can attend as required and there are online learning modules you can undertake in your own time.  The local authority also provides advice and guidance by phone and email.

The Governing Body

Each governing body is made up of some elected members (parents and staff) and other appointed due to their skills and experience (co-opted, local authority and foundation). Governors contribute to the work of the governing body in raising standards of achievements for all pupils. This involves providing a strategic view for the school, acting as a critical friend and ensuring accountability.

Parent Governors

Parent governors are not elected to represent all the parents, but to bring the voice of a parent to the governing body.  Although parent governors may be regarded as the official channel for parents’ views, there are usually other methods for parents to make their views known (e.g. Parent Forums and Parent Councils).  In governing body meetings, parent governors vote after hearing the views of all governors so they can make an informed decision.

Governor responsibilities

  • Developing the strategic plan for the school, determining aims, policies and priorities
  • Setting statutory and non-statutory targets
  • Monitoring and evaluating the work of the school
  • Appointing staff and ensuring the implementation of personnel procedures
  • Managing the school budget
  • Securing high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour
  • Ensuring that all children in the school have access to a broad and balanced curriculum which is suitable to age, aptitude and ability, preparing them for adult life
  • Ensuring the health and safety of pupils

 Tasks include:

  • Getting to know the school: its needs, strengths and areas for development
  • Attending meetings (full governing body, committees and working groups)
  • Working as a member of a team
  • Speaking, acting and voting in the best interests of the school
  • Respecting all governing body decisions and supporting them in public
  • Acting within the framework of the policies and legal requirements
  • Attending training and developing opportunities appropriate to role