School Governors

Becoming a School Governor

Election of parent governor representatives

Declaration of Result of Poll

I, the undersigned, being the Returning Officer at the Election of a Parent Governor Representative held on 27 February 2024 do hereby give notice that the number of Votes recorded for each candidate at the said Election is as follows:-

 

 Surname

 Other names in full

 Parent Governor at

Number of Votes

Parkin

James

 St Oswald’s V.A School

 

14 ELECTED

Moore

Nicola, Sian

 

Ysgol Gymunedol Egwlyswrw

10

Number of ballot papers rejected:  0 

And I do hereby declare that the said

James Parkin

is duly elected Parent Governor Representative

Dated 27 February 2024

ELECTORATE 176      

                                                                                                                        % TURNOUT                           13.6%

Returning Officer (PGR Election - Governor's Support Services)

Becoming a School Governor

Thank you for your interest in becoming a school governor. We hope that the information we have provided helps you in making your decision. 

Many kinds of people become governors of schools. They all have a particular reason for serving on the governing body. The composition of a governing body is regulated by the Welsh Government and varies according to the category of school and the size of the school. All schools have governors in the following categories:

  • Parent governors – elected by parents of pupils at the school
  • Teacher governors – elected by teachers at the school
  • Local Authority governors – appointed by the local authority(LA)

Governing bodies will also have some of the following governors, depending on the type of school:

  • Community governors – appointed by the governing body  itself
  • Additional community governors – representing the local town/community council
  • Representative governors – in special schools only
  • Foundation governors – appointed by the Foundation connected with the school, usually the Church
  • Staff governors – elected by the non-teaching staff of the school
  • Associate pupil governors (secondary schools) – appointed by the School Council.

Because there are conditions attached to many categories of governors, this information may be of most use to those considering becoming parent, community or local authority governors who can apply to be considered for the position on a governing body.

Parent Governors

To be a parent governor you must have a child who is a pupil at the school whose governing body you are on at the time of your election. Parent governors are elected as representatives of the interests of parents of pupils currently attending the school and to give the perspective of a parent on any decisions the governing body may be making. Parents are informed of a vacancy for a parent governor position by letter distributed by the school. Information may also be shared with parents in other ways. If you wish to know when the next vacancy becomes available at your child’s school, please contact GSSAdmin@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

A parent governor can continue to serve as a governor until the end of their four year term of office, even if their child leaves the school during that period.

Local Authority Governors

Local authority governors are appointed by the LA which maintains the school. LA governors may present the LAs views but they are not delegates of the LA and they cannot be mandated by the LA to take a particular view.

Community Governors

These governors are invited by other governors to join the governing body and are appointed by the governing body. Community members bring their own experience or skills to the governing body and can act as a link with the community in which the school serves. Community governors usually live or work in the community of the school area and are committed to the good government and success of the school.

Skills and Experience

governing bodies and the LA should aim to appoint governors with specific knowledge, experience and skills to ensure that the governing body has access to a broad skillset overall.  Some of the key areas a governing body may be interested in are:

  • Challenge and Accountability
  • Communication
  • Discretion
  • Financial management
  • Health and Safety
  • HR and Recruitment
  • Impartiality
  • Interpreting data
  • Leadership
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Strategic planning

Time Commitment

A governing body, by law, has to meet at least once per term. This meeting is likely to take between one and two hours. Some schools have their meetings at the end of the school day, others in the early evening. Occasionally, a governing body may need to meet more often than this. You are also likely to be on a committee which, again, is likely to meet once per term. You must also set aside time to prepare for meetings by reading paperwork in advance and should also be prepared to attend other school events and, occasionally, to visit the school during the working day, by arrangement with the Headteacher. You may also be asked if you are available to serve on a statutory committee to deal with a pupil exclusion or a staff disciplinary matter. Fortunately, these are rare.

As you probably know, all governors are unpaid volunteers, so you may need to check with your employer about being allowed time off for meetings. It is very important that, as well as the skills, you have the time and commitment to give to the governing body. The governing body is a team and is reliant on all members contributing fully.

If you are still interested in becoming a school governor, please read the other sections before completing the online application form. We particularly welcome applications for the position of LA and community governors to broaden the pool of people from which appointments can be made, even if there is currently no vacancy at a school near you. We will keep your information on file until a vacancy arises at which time we will share it with those making the appointment.

Information on how GSS handles data is available.

To discuss the role of school governor further, please contact:

Governors’ Support Services

01437 775132

GSSadmin@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

ID: 4054, revised 01/03/2024
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