Parent Governor Wanted
We are looking for a new Parent Governor here at Hallbrook. Please find information relating to the post.
Becoming a Governor
This guidance is particularly directed at parents and staff members who are thinking of becoming a governor. Hopefully this provides you with a good overview, the commitment required and the expectations of the role. If after reading this you would like to find out any more information please contact Mr Haltof, Head Teacher.
The Role of the Governing Board
The Governing Board is responsible for the conduct of the school and must promote high standards of educational achievement at the school. In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
In order to do this, governors need to gain knowledge of how their school operates through attending meetings, reading school documentation, analysing data and engaging in regular visits to the school.
The role of the Governing Board is one of oversight and it is not involved in the day to day management of the school. The headteacher role includes the educational performance of the school and operational responsibility lies with them.
How the Governing Board Works
If you join the Governing Board, you will serve for a four year term. Being a governor does take up time. There are 4 full Governing Board meetings each year and governors usually serve on one or more committees which meet at least half-termly. Meetings take place at school. Sub-committee meetings usually take place during or at the end of the school day and generally last for no more than 1 hour. Full governors meetings take place on a Tuesday evening starting at 6:30pm and generally last for no more than 2 hours. You will need to set aside time to be able to be an effective governor: time to prepare for meetings, to undertake training and updating.
Different governing bodies operate in different ways, but governors will be expected to do far more than merely attend meetings. Effective governors attend the school regularly to see and understand how the school operates. They undertake governor visits for a particular purpose and produce reports for their governor colleagues. Governors will be expected to receive and understand reports from the headteacher and senior leaders so that they can question, challenge and support, thereby improving the quality of the whole educational provision.
The Governing Board operates a code of conduct which sets an ethos of professionalism and high expectations of governors. You will be provided with this as part of your induction into the school and will be expected to work within it, since a Governing Board operates as a corporate entity with corporate responsibility.
Skills and Experience
Governing bodies rely on a range of skills and experiences. You will need a strong commitment to the role, the inquisitiveness to question and analyse, and the willingness to learn. Good inter-personal skills, a basic level of literacy in English and sufficient numeracy skills to understand basic data are essential.
What is equally important to us is that you have a willingness to learn and undertake whatever training or development activity is needed to fill any gaps in the skills you have to contribute to effective governance.
Training and Support
The Governing Board is committed to developing the skills and experience of governors to promote success in the role. As a new governor you will attend induction training and a programme of further training to help you fulfil the role.
Completed Parent Governor Application forms must be returned to the school office by 12pm on Friday 25th January 2019. Any election forms received after this date/time will not be considered.