Governor Election

1st October 2018

Dear Parents,

I’m writing to let you know that we have two vacancies for parent Governors this Autumn, and that we are seeking expressions of interest from anyone who would be interested in joining the Governing Board during a period when we will be selecting our new headteacher.  This is a fantastic time to be joining the Governing Body under new educational leadership and as we plan to improve our grounds and buildings in order to make better use of them according to our cooperative values.

I know that for some of you this will feel like more than you can take on, and for others you may wonder whether you would have the confidence to be of value.  So I’d like to explain a little how our board works and set out what we are looking for in a parent Governor to allay any fears about putting yourself forward.

Governing Bodies should be made up from a mix of the people who care about the school. For Parkwood Hall we have committed to the following structure:

  • 5 x Parent Governors
  • 2 x Staff Governors (I x teacher, 1 x support staff)
  • 7 x Community Governors
  • The Principal (ex-officio)
  • 1 x Co-op Society nominated Governor (Vacant)

This structure gives us a fair balance between parents and staff, and local people (drawn from areas which may send children to our school) with particular skills that complement those of our parents and staff.  In order to ensure that we are inclusive and enable Governors to attend we can pay travel or childcare expenses where requested as set out in our allowances policy attached to this letter.

The purpose of the Governing Body is threefold:

  1. To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  2. To hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  3. To oversee the financial performance of the Academy and to make sure its money is well spent.

We work as a team on our responsibilities and each Governor does what they can to prepare for meetings by reading the papers and thinking about what questions they raise in relation to our core purpose.  We have three Full Governing Board meetings a year, that is one per term (and a mini one in December to sign off the accounts before filing them with Companies House). Meetings are between 6:30pm and 8:30pm but our student representatives come and speak to us at 6pm about either questions we ask them in advance, or things they think we ought to know.  In October they will be talking to us about what they hope for in a new Headteacher.  Meetings are held on a Thursday.

Each term we also have two meetings each of our sub-committees.  If possible Governors are asked to attend either our Finance sub-committee (Thursday evenings) or our Curriculum and Strategy sub-committee (Tuesday evenings).  These committees work with the Senior Leadership Team on the detail of proposals and monitor the progress of our School Improvement Plan (SIP) in depth.

Some Governors commit to visiting the school during the day, or the residential areas before or after school to observe how our policies work in practice and to seek out evidence of the improvements being made from the SIP.  Other Governors take on specialist roles such as Safeguarding or Health and Safety Governor.

Because we have safeguarding responsibilities to our students all Governors are asked to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check, and because of our financial responsibilities we ask all Governors to make a declaration of any relevant business interests.

The main qualities we ask for in Parent Governors are those which stem from our co-operative ethical values:  openness, honesty, social responsibility and caring for others.  We work to build a school where self help is encouraged, self responsibility is practised, students, staff and parents have the opportunity to have a say, we treat people equally and act fairly and without bias, showing solidarity to each other and our partners.

If you believe in these values and want to contribute to this fantastic school then please get in touch with me to express your interest or to discuss the role. I can be contacted as follows:

Mobile: 07734 753725


If you would like to discuss the opportunity further with another parent then Laraine Davies is happy to talk to you and can be contacted on her mobile or by email.

Mobile: 07989 570949


Our current parent Governors are Richard Allalouf, Soshana Austin, Simon Blackburn and Steve Finch.  Simon’s 4 year term of office comes to an end at the end of October and we would like to fill the vacancy arising from Thelma Morito’s earlier resignation as well.

If we have more expressions of interest than vacancies then we will hold an election and send voting papers out to all parents, with dates as follows:

Expressions of interest close                            15th October

Voting opens                                                        19th October

Closing dates for votes                                       31st October

If you would like to express interest in this role, then please either write to me at the school, or email to my address above, setting out in not more than 100 words why you are putting yourself forward.

With best wishes,

Libby Blake

Chair of Governors – Parkwood Hall Co-operative Special Needs Academy