Parent Governor

There is a place on our governing body for one parent at our school. They are elected by the parents of our pupils to serve a four-year term of office. Firstly, please find below information on being a governor which we hope will be of help.

What are Parent Governors?

• They have the same rights, responsibilities, and duties as other governors.
• They play a full and active part in the governing body, but like other governors, do not have the power to function as individuals or as a group, unless specifically authorised to do so by the governing body.
• They are not on the governing body simply to represent the interest of parents, or to be the only link with parents because all governors must have regard to these issues.

What do governors do?

Our governing body which together with the headteacher sets the aims and policies of our school. The headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school. Together the governing body and headteacher must ensure our school provides excellent quality education and helps to raise standards.

Our governing body:

• Is accountable for the performance of our school to the parents and the wider community.
• Plans the school’s future direction.
• Selects the headteacher.
• Makes decisions on the school’s budget and staffing.
• Makes sure the National Curriculum is delivered.
• Decides how our school can encourage our pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development
• Makes sure the school provides for all our pupils.

How much of your time will it take?

To be an effective member of the governing body team, it takes time. You will need to prepare for and attend at least three full governing body meetings per year. You will also be involved in one or two committees dealing with finance, staffing, curriculum, or premises. These usually meet at least once a term.

The amount of time you will need to give depends on how involved you become but governing bodies cannot operate effectively with passengers. You must be prepared to take more than an interest.

What support is available?

Lancashire County Council provides a wide range of support services and training for governors.

All new governors receive an introductory pack of materials from the governor services which outlines the range of training opportunities available to governors and the governing bodies and provides the basic reference documents. There is also a termly newsletter which helps to keep governors up to date with recent developments.

Sometimes governing bodies have complex decisions to take. In such cases the governing body has access to support and advice the county council as appropriate.

If you require more information about being a governor at our school, please feel free to contact Sefton Booth, our headteacher on 01524 701217. Or you can contact Governor Services on 01257 516147 or visit governors.central@lancashire.gov.uk If you are happy to make an interest, please complete the attached Application for appointment as a Parent Governor and email to admin@bleasdaleschool.lancs.sch.uk

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