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Becket Primary School

Being a School Governor

Parent Governors

It is a chance for you as a parent to have an influence over the education the school provides for all its children. Governors make decisions about many aspects of the school including the curriculum, staffing and the school’s finances.

In case you feel a bit daunted by the responsibilities, we will offer training to help you understand your role as a governor.

There is also a vital role for Parent Governors in providing a link between the school and parents. The Parent Governor will be expected to attend at least three full meetings of the School Governing Body each year and also other meetings of Committees of the Governing Body. They will take an active interest in the school and the children, and help promote the parental view at meetings of the School Governing Body.

All people who have parental responsibility for a child at the school are eligible to stand for election as a Parent Governor.

If there are more nominations than vacancies, an election is held and every parent will have the opportunity to vote.

The term of office is four years.

Please note that there are certain restrictions which prevent a person from standing for election as a Parent Governor. For example if you are an elected member of the Local Authority or if you work at the school for more than 500 hours in a school year. People who are bankrupt may not serve as Governors, nor may people who have in the previous five years been sentenced to three months or more in prison without the option of a fine, people who have been sentenced to a period of more then two and a half years of imprisonment may not stand within twenty years of that conviction and anyone who has been sentenced to a period of imprisonment of five years or more is totally disqualified. People who are disqualified from working with children may not hold office as a Parent Governor.