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Parent Governor Election

 

20th April 2021

 

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

 

Parent Governor Vacancies

 

We have two vacancies for parent governors which we need to fill as soon as possible. Knightwood Primary School has always aimed for a partnership with parents as this undoubtedly brings great benefits to the children. One of the most significant ways you can help in promoting this aim is to volunteer to be a parent governor.

 

The governing body’s main tasks are:

 

  • To ensure that the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 

Parent governors are welcomed as valued members of the team and play a vital role in ensuring the governing body is aware of the views of parents and the local community. We feel sure that there are parents prepared to take on this important role and give their time and commitment to helping us to continue to improve the school’s performance.

 

In looking to fill this vacancy the governors of the school would ideally like candidates to have skills and experience in one of the following areas as they feel this would help strengthen the governing body:

 

  • Finance and financial planning
  • Strategic/Project management
  • Human resource management

 

Training and support will be available to help you develop into the role. This will include in-house mentoring and support as well as access to external governor training.

 

If you feel you can help in this capacity please download and complete the application form below and return to the school by 12.00 noon on Wednesday 5th May 2021.

 

You should also look at the information for prospective governors on the Hampshire County Council Website at https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/governors/volunteer

 

You will find video, e-learning and written information on the site and all of these will provide you with further details about the role.

 

Please note that for the protection of children all governor appointments are subject to an Identity and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.    

 

If there are more applications than vacancies, we will hold an election and you will be sent a voting paper in due course. You may return the ballot paper either via your child or by post.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Mr P Haydon

Headteacher

"The whole school community works continuously to provide the very best education for it's pupils"

Ofsted February 2015

Structure and Responsibility of Governors

 

Our School Governing Body

 

Governors are a voluntary body of people who guide and support the strategic direction of the school. They are members of the school team and their contribution to the running of the school is highly valued.

 

School Governing Body

 

 

The Instrument of Government states that the governing body shall consist of:

 

  • 3 parent governors
  • 1 authority governor
  • 1 staff governor
  • 1 headteacher
  • 6 co-opted governors

 

The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • Set the aims and objectives of the school
  • Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • Be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

 

Simon Whitbourn

Co-opted - Chair of Governors

Responsibilities: Chair of Governors, Governor Development and Training, Pay Committee

Date appointed: 13th September 2018

Business, personal & pecuniary interests: Nil

Governance roles in other educational establishments: Nil

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 89%

 

Stuart Ratcliffe

Co-opted

Responsibilities: Vice-Chair, Safeguarding Governor, Pay Committee

Date appointed: 18th December 2012

Business, personal & pecuniary interests: Nil

Governance roles in other educational establishments: Nil

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 78%

Royston Black

Co-opted

Responsibilities: HT Review Committee

Date appointed:

Business, personal & pecuniary interests: Nil

Governance roles in other educational establishments: Nil

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 100%

Alan Claggett

Co-opted

Responsibilities: Chair of Pay Committee,

Date appointed: 7th July 2014

Business, personal & pecuniary interests: Nil

Governance roles in other educational establishments: Nil

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 100% 

Fiona Cross

Co-opted

Responsibilities: Special Educational Needs

Date appointed: 13th September 2018

Business, personal & pecuniary interests: Member of Admissions Appeal Panel - HCC

Governance roles in other educational establishments: Nil

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 100%

 

Alan Dowden

Authority

Responsibilities:

Date appointed: 7th July 2014

Business, personal & pecuniary interests: Member of HCC

Governance roles in other educational establishments: Governor at St Francis

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 78%

 

Rebecca Rowe

Staff

Responsibilities:

Date appointed: 1st September 2015

Business, personal & pecuniary interests: Employed at Knightwood School

Governance roles in other educational establishments: Nil

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 78%

 

Alice Smith

Staff

Responsibilities:

Date appointment: 11th September 2019

Business, personal & pecuniary interests: Employed at Knightwood School

Governance roles in other educational establishments:Nil

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 100%

Chris Thom

Co-opted

Responsibilities: HT Review Committee

Date appointed: 7th July 2014

Business, personal & pecuniary interests: Nil

Governance roles in other educational establishments: Nil

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 67% 

Riccardo Weber

Parent

Responsibilities: Health & Safety Governor, HT Review Committee

Date appointed: 13th September 2018

Business, personal & pecuniary interests: Nil

Governance roles in other educational establishments: Nil

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 100% 

Paul Haydon

Non Governing Head

Meetings attended in previous academic year: 100%

 

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