We are inviting nominations for a Parent Governor vacancy. Please see the documents available to download below.
A parent governor is a representative and not a delegate of parents. 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. You are not there to promote the interests of your own children but all children.
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
- Champion the vision, values and ethos of Greenbank High 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
- Prepare for meetings by reading papers beforehand
- 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.