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Interested in Becoming a Parent Governor?

Posted on: April 27, 2021

There are currently two vacancies for a parent governor on the governing body, and I am writing to encourage you to put your name forward.  We would particularly like to receive applications from parents/carers with professional experience in Human Resources or Finance but welcome all applications. Being a governor can be very rewarding. Do not worry if you have no experience in education matters as full training and support are available from Ormiston Academies Trust and your colleagues on the governing body.

Have you thought about becoming a Parent Governor?

Becoming a Parent Governor offers you the opportunity to make a real contribution to the life and work of our academy. Governors play a key role in the academy’s leadership and work together with the Principal, staff and other governors to ensure that our academy provides a challenging and supportive environment for its students.

Who can be a Parent Governor?

All parents and carers of registered students are eligible to become Parent Governors. Whether or not you live with the student, every parent is entitled to be nominated as a Parent Governor and to vote in a Parent Governor Election. Someone who has parental responsibility or day-to-day care of a student is also eligible to serve and to vote.

Parents/carers who have paid employment in the academy for 500 hours per academic year or more or are elected members of the Local Authority are not eligible to stand in these elections.

How long do Parent Governors serve for?

The usual term of office is four years from the date of appointment with a review meeting after the first year. If you choose to, you can complete your term of office even if your child has since left the academy.

How are Parent Governors nominated and elected?

If you would like to put your name forward, please complete the nomination and application forms and submit a statement stating why you would like to be a governor (no more than 150 words).  As explained above, the governing body is especially keen to receive nominations from parents and carers who have skills in Human Resources or Finance as our recent skills audit has identified that collectively we require skills in this area.  The closing date and time for the receipt of nominations is Monday 24th May 2021 at 12.00 noon. If more than two nominations are received, an election will be held, and ballot papers for this will be sent to all parents and carers. Please return completed forms to Emma Smith, PA to Principal at the main reception office or email: [email protected]

If you are interested in applying and would like to find out more, then why not contact us here at the academy. You can also take a look at the OAT Governors Video below.

 Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy Parent Governor Nomination Form