Election of Parent Governor(s)
'Do Small Things with Great Love'
I write to invite nominations from parents to fill a vacancy for Parent Governor on our Governing Body. Nominations should be made using the Nomination Form on page 11 of this Candidate Information pack or using the online form by clicking here; this can be by self-nomination or third party nomination (with the prior consent of the nominee) and submitted to the school no later than, 10.00 am on Monday, 15th March 2021.The successful candidate will become a full member of the Governing Body and serve for 4 years with effect from 1st April 2021.
To be eligible for election, your child must be a registered pupil of Notre Dame Catholic College when the election takes place. Full details of the election procedure and nomination form are enclosed in this pack.
The role of Parent Governor in an effective Governing Body
Effective governing bodies comprise of members with a wide range of expertise and experiences. These might include analysing performance data, in budgeting and driving financial efficiency, and in performance management and employment issues. The role of Parent Governor is primarily to provide a parent’s insight into discussions, policy and performance review and decision-making processes. However, any additional expertise or experience in the areas listed above would be an advantage.
Commitment and Skills Required
All governors need a strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for all children, the inquisitiveness to question and analyse, and the willingness to learn. They need good inter-personal skills, appropriate levels of literacy in English and sufficient numeracy skills to understand data. Nominations would be particularly welcome from parents who are able to demonstrate these qualities.
Full Governing Board meetings are usually held once per term at 5.30pm on Thursdays but this could be changed if necessary to suit the convenience of the majority of Governors. Meetings usually last for approximately two hours. In addition to this, each governor is also asked to sit on one additional ‘committee’. These also meet once per term and also convene on Thursdays but start at 5.00pm.
It is important that appropriate checks are made on anybody who will be working in a school to prevent unsuitable people from gaining access to children. Accordingly, new governors must agree to provide proof of identity and undergo a check in line with current advice issued by the Department for Education.
If you wish to have further information regarding being a governor, I would be pleased to answer your queries. Alternatively, you may wish to contact our Senior Clerk to Governors, Mrs Jean Wilkinson by email at or the School Governor Services team via telephone on 0151 233 3939 or by email at .
Mr P Duffy (Headteacher)