Sonning Common Primary School

Space to learn, grow and be inspired

Wanted – Parent governors

Could you be a Parent Governor?

What is involved?
The role of the governing body is to:
• Set the vision and strategic direction of the school
• Hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance
• Ensure financial resources are well spent
To do this, the full governing body meets 4-6 times per year (in the evening). Their remit is to look at the academic results, review the School Improvement Plan, review the quarterly accounts and sign off the budgets and forecasts.

There are three sub committees that meet during the year covering Resources, Curriculum and Strategy & School Improvement. The governors are also encouraged to ‘link’ in to certain areas of the curriculum and this is the opportunity to meet more of the fantastic teaching staff and to see the school in operation.

How much time does it take?
It is a voluntary role and so it is up to you how much time you commit, but as a minimum, you would need to devote some time to training (the introduction course is 1 day and can be spread over several days or all in one) and attend and prepare for the full governing body meetings (15 hours per year) plus some sub-committee time.

What skills are needed?
You don’t need to have education experience, we need a broad range of skills including health and safety, property, data interpretation, finance, HR, legal, process and governance.


To become a parent governor, you must be the parent or carer of a current pupil.
We have two parent governor vacancies and so must hold an election. You can nominate yourself or someone else as well as vote in the election.
To apply please look at this letter from Mr Hirst then download the fact sheet and the nomination form.
Parent Governor letter
Parent Governors Fact sheet

Parent Governor Nomination Form and Personal Statements

All nominations should be delivered to the school office by 3.15pm on Tuesday 20th February 2018. Every nomination must be signed by the candidate, stating that they are willing to stand.

If more than two people apply there will be an election, in which case we will send out the names of the candidates and a statement from each one. Each parent will receive one ballot paper however many children they have in school. The ballot will be secret, and parents will be asked to return ballot papers in a sealed envelope to the school office. In the event of an election, all votes must be in by 3.15pm on Wednesday 28th February 2018 when they will be counted.


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