A parent governor is required to fill a vacancy on the governing body of Sphere Federation.
If you wish to offer yourself as a candidate to become a parent governor, please read the following, which describes the role and outlines some key characteristics desired for a new governor and the process of becoming a governor. Nominations should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 07 July 2017. Alternatively, you can submit a paper copy to any of the school offices.
The governing body’s three core functions are:
- Ensuring clear vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the Head of Federation to account for the educational performance of each school and its pupils;
- Overseeing the financial performance of each school, ensuring money is well spent.
The schools in the federation are Scholes (Elmet) Primary School, St James’ CoE VC Primary School, and Moortown Primary School.
The governing body would benefit more from new governors with expertise in one of three areas:
- Knowledge and understanding of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND);
- Experience in HR and performance management;
- Competency in educational data analysis.
Governors will also need to be able to understand their role is strategic and not operational; build relationships with a range of people; work as part of a team; question and challenge; make connections between different types of information; and represent the three schools and their community.
Expectations of governors is high. Governors need not be experts in the field of education but they do need an interest in the welfare of our children across all three of the federation schools, and the time and willingness to get involved in strategic oversight. Our parent governors are appointed for a term of four years, and are expected to attend termly evening meetings of the full governing body; sit on one sub-committee and attend termly meetings; regularly visit each Sphere Federation school formally for monitoring purposes; visit each school informally at least once a year; read and digest papers and governance information regularly; and commit to attend training and development courses relevant to the assigned governance role. All governor appointments are subject to a valid enhanced DBS check and disqualification criteria.
Training and support will be available to help you develop into this role. This will include compulsory external induction training and in-house mentoring and support.
To find out more about the role, please see the governance section of the school website or read the DfE’s Governance Handbook and Competency Framework.
For further details, please contact Mr Roundtree at email@example.com or Rachel Greenhalgh, Chair of Governors, at firstname.lastname@example.org
If there are more applications than vacancies, we will hold an election and parents will be sent a voting paper in due course. The information you supply as part of your nomination will be circulated to parents to help them decide who to vote for. Your personal details will not be distributed.
Nominations should be emailed to email@example.com by Friday 07 July 2017. You can submit a nomination by hand or by email. The information we need, and sample wording, is as follows:
To the Head of Sphere Federation:
I wish to nominate myself as a candidate to be a parent governor of Sphere Federation.
I am the parent of … at … school.
I do / do not include a personal statement.
Please print name and address. (Please note the address details will not go out with the ballot forms.)
Personal statement (in no more than 200 words)
Write a few lines about yourself: what you do and what your interests are will help other parents decide who to vote for. Here are a few suggestions of areas you may like to give information on:
- Experience you have which may be useful, particularly in relation to the skills the governing body is looking for
- Family e.g. number of children, ages, which school in the federation they attend
- Interests e.g. voluntary work, hobbies
- Why you would like to be a governor
- Anything else you would like to say
Please note that this statement will be typed for you.