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Vacancy for Parent Governor

24th November 2017


Dear Parents,


As I informed you in my recent newsletter, the governing body of St John’s are seeking to appoint a new parent governor to fill a vacant post. To assist you in considering the post yourself – or encouraging another parent to consider the post, I would like to offer you the following information.


  • Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. Any parent, or carer, of a registered pupil at the school at the time of election is eligible to stand for election as a parent governor.


  • All governors of a Catholic maintained school have legal rights and responsibilities to ensure they safeguard and promote the Catholic identity of the school.


  • As a parent governor, you should have

  • A commitment to promoting and safeguarding the distinctive Catholic identity of St John’s

  • An interest in the future of all the children

  • A desire to make a difference

  • A willingness to accept responsibility

  • An ability to work in a team, ask questions, listen and learn

  • An ability to maintain confidentiality


  • As parent governor you will

  • Help to decide the priorities for improving the school

  • Work in partnership with Head Teacher, Senior Leadership Team and fellow governors to raise standards and improve outcomes for all children

  • Prepare for meetings by reading papers beforehand

  • Take responsibility for your own learning and development as a governor, including training

  • Attend meetings and training

  • Promote the interests of the school in the wider community

  • Be loyal to the decisions made by the governing body

  • Respect the confidentiality of governing body affairs


  • Under employment law, employers must give employees who are school governors reasonable time off to carry out their duties. Employers may give time off with pay but do not have to do so.


  • The time commitment involved:

  • Governors are expected to attend all full governing body meetings and committee meetings as appropriate

  • Attend the school on formal governor visits

  • Prepare for meetings by reading paperwork, completing assigned tasks and attending training


I hope that this gives you some insight in to the role of parent governor and allows you to consider whether to put yourself forward for consideration.


If you do wish to stand for election, then please could you submit a personal statement of no more than 200 words outlining your reasons for wishing to become a governor at St John’s to Mrs Wilson (the clerk to the governors) by Friday 1st December (it can also be e-mailed to This can then be circulated with the ballot papers and an election carried out during the week of 4th December. The successful governor will be duly invited to attend the Full Governing Body meeting on Tuesday 12th December at 6pm.


Thank you in advance for your consideration of this important role.


Yours sincerely,


Laura Park

Head Teacher