A vacancy exists on our school’s governing body for an additional parent governor. Parent governors are appointed for a period of two years, irrespective of whether their children remain in school during that period.
Parents who are willing and eligible to stand as a candidate for election should complete a nomination form and return it to the school office. The completed form needs to be signed by the candidate and two other parents. Parents of all children currently registered at the school are entitled to stand for election or to nominate others. For these purposes ‘parent’ includes a step-parent, guardian or other persons having parental responsibility. Please note that you will be disqualified from standing for election as a parent governor if any of the following criteria are applicable:
- You are employed at this school for more than 500 hours in a consecutive twelve month period (i.e. more than one third). You will, however, be entitled to vote in the election.
- You are an elected member of the Local Authority (Staffordshire County Council).
Prospective governors should satisfy themselves that they are not disqualified from being a school governor in general (see below) and that they meet the eligibility criteria for being a Parent Governor at the school. The governing body has a code of conduct and any new governor will be expected to sign up to and adhere to that code. All governors are required to have a DBS check which will reveal information about previous cautions and convictions.
A completed nomination form must be returned to the school no later than 4pm on Friday 27th November 2020. It would be helpful if candidates would include a brief statement about themselves, of no more than 500 words. Should a vote be required, this will be distributed to all parents to help them to make their decision.
You cannot be a governor if:
- You are under 18 at the time of your election or appointment or you are a registered pupil at the school; or
- You are already a governor of a different category at the same school; or
- You have been detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 during your period of office; or
- You have failed to attend governing body meetings, without the consent of the governing body, for a continuous period of six months, beginning with the date of the first meeting missed (not applicable to ex‑officio governors); or
- You are subject to a bankruptcy restriction order or an interim order; or
- You have had your estate sequestrated and the sequestration order has not been discharged, annulled or reduced; or
- You are subject to:
i) a disqualification order or disqualification undertaking under the Company Directors Act 1986;
ii) a disqualification order under Part 2 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1989;
iii) a disqualification undertaking accepted under the Company Directors Disqualification (Northern Ireland) Order 2002;
iv) an order made under Section 492(2)(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986 (failure to pay under a County Court administration order); or
- You have been removed from the office of charity trustee or trustee for a charity by the Charity Commissioners or High Court on grounds of any misconduct or mismanagement, or under Section 32 of the Charities and Trustees Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 from participating in the management or control of any body; or
- You are included in the list of people considered by the Secretary of State as unsuitable to work with children; or
- You are disqualified from working with children or subject to a direction under Section 142 of the Education Act 2002; or
- You are disqualified from registration for childminding or providing day care; or
- You are disqualified from registration under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006; or
- You have received a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than three months (without the option of a fine) in the five years before becoming a governor or since becoming a governor; or
- You have received a prison sentence of two and a half years or more in the twenty years before becoming a governor; or
- You have, at any time, received a prison sentence of five years or more; or
- You have been fined for causing a nuisance or disturbance on school premises during the five years prior to or since appointment or election as a governor; or
- You refuse to allow an application to the Criminal Records Bureau for a criminal records certificate.