We will soon be looking for new governors for our Governing Board.
Castle Carrock School will be looking for new governors ready to start in September 2019. Two of these governors will be Parent Representatives – elected by the parents – election dates for this will be forthcoming. There may also be space for community, or co-opted, governors.
The governing body would therefore like to take this opportunity to explain what a governor does, and to ask anybody who may be interested in this role to come and have a chat either with Ms Stacey, or Mr Mark Hetherington, the Chair of the Governing Board.
As a parent governor you do not have to vote in a particular way because you have been pressed to do so by parents. Objectivity, however, is essential.Parent governors are elected by other parents and it is important to establish a rapport with the parental body that elected you, whilst continuing to maintain a strategic approach to school governance.
As an effective parent governor, you:
- Help to decide the priorities for improving the school
- Make yourself available to parents, listen to other parents’ opinions and take account of them as you contribute to governors’ decisions
Work in partnership with the headteacher, senior leadership team and co-operatively with other governors to raise standards and improve outcomes for all children
- Take responsibility for your own learning and development as a governor including attending training
- Attend full governing body and relevant committee meetings promptly, regularly, and for the full time
- Read briefings and newsletters for governors; present a balanced view of issues representing different sections of the community
- Promote the interests of the school in the wider community
- Are loyal to the decisions made by the governing body
- Respect the confidentiality of governing body affairs
- Never promise to ‘solve a problem’ on your own
- Never press your own child’s case at the expense of others
- Declare an interest and withdraw from any meeting where you, a partner or close relative or associate stands to gain, or where you are so close to a matter discussed it is difficult to be impartial
- Have regard to the broader responsibilities as a governor of a public institution in regard to promoting accountability for the actions and performance of the governing body
It is an incredibly rewarding role – and you play a key part in the vision, ethos and direction of the school!
Dates and deadlines will be advertised soon.
If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please ask to have a chat with Ms Stacey – or one of the other school governors.