Parent Governor Elections
We currently have a vacancy for Two parent governors, which we would like to fill as soon as possible. Parent governors are elected by and from the parents of children currently attending our school. They serve a four-year term of office and bring a very important and valued perspective to the work of the governing body.
The governing body has a vital role to play in making sure every child receives the best possible education. This is achieved by ensuring that governors have the necessary skills and commitment to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. The particular skills that governing bodies need will vary and will include personal qualities and capabilities, such as the ability and willingness to learn and work as part of a team. It is expected that governors will make use of the various training opportunities available to them and play a full part in the work of the governing body.
Most governing body meetings are held on a Tuesday evening. Three Local Governing Body meetings are held each year at 4.30pm and usually last from 2 hours to 2.5 hours; training sessions are usually incorporated into these meetings, although some additional online training is also required. In addition, Governors will be asked to take on a key area, which they will become the champion of. This may be a subject area, such as English or Maths, or another area of priority such as Safeguarding or Early Years. During an Ofsted inspection Governors will be invited to speak to Inspectors about the work they do to support and challenge the school and will therefore need to have knowledge of all aspects of the school.
Whilst previous experience of school governance is useful, this is by no means a pre-requisite for this role as full support and induction training is provided. Most importantly, we seek a parent governor who has a passion for the inclusive education that The Wilfred Owen School provides and is keen to work in a supportive but challenging way with the Senior Leadership of the school, to ensure the continued delivery of high-quality education for children of families in our local community.
If you are interested in becoming a governor and wish to discuss this, please contact Mrs Williams, School Business Support Manager, who has been a parent Governor for the past four years and has first-hand experience of the role.
If there are more nominations than vacancies than an election may be held and if so, you will be sent a voting paper. Completed voting forms will be counted at a time mutually agreed between the Head Teacher and the candidates within a week of the closing date for votes and all parents will be notified of the result. In the current climate, the count will need to be held in a covid safe way and may need to be carried out virtually to ensure the safety of all involved.