Would you like to be a Parent Governor?

We have two vacancies for parents / carers to join our governing body from September 2018. Please see the letter of invitation below and apply via the form further down this page. 

26 June 2018

Dear Parents/Carers

From September 2018 there will be 2 Parent Governor vacancies on the Governing Board. This letter is to invite you to take the opportunity to be involved in the nomination process by completing the enclosed form and returning it to school by the date shown. Any parent with a child registered at school from September 2018 may be nominated to become a Parent Governor. You may nominate another parent or you may nominate yourself if you wish. Please ensure that the nominee is eligible to be a Governor (see overleaf).

It is important that the Governing Board is made up of a cross section of our school community. Parent Governors bring with them experience and insight which can help the Governing Board fulfil the objectives across the three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its students, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

The Governing Board is a small one and all board members are expected to play an active part. We work as a full board (without committees) and meet at least twice a term. Meetings are usually held at 6.30pm and last around 2 hours.

To be effective the Board needs a cross section of skills / experience. We are currently under represented in finance, data management and / or business development and growth, however all applications are welcome.

Training is offered to help all governors understand their role and responsibilities. The term of office for all governors is 4 years, but you may resign at any time. Even if your child leaves the school you will be able to complete your term of office if you wish.

Please use the nomination form below no later than Friday 6 July 2018 or by email to j.kendall@rvhschool.co.uk. If we receive more nominations than parent governor vacancies available, then it will be necessary to hold an election by secret ballot, and the nomination statement as to why you would like to represent your parent colleagues on the Governing Board will be used should it be necessary to run an election.

If you would like to know more about this important role please contact the Head, Chair of Governors or myself.

Yours sincerely,

Jane Blackburn, Clerk to the Governors / Returning Officer


Nomination form

Name *
200 words - Explain briefly why you would like to represent your parent colleagues on our Governing Body.
Confirm the following *

School governor disqualification criteria

Whilst schools are keen to welcome applications from all areas of society, there are certain criteria that have to be met before your application can be accepted. 

Criteria relating to working with children

You must not be: 

  • disqualified or restricted from working with children or young people 
  • included in the list of people considered by the Secretary of state as unsuitable to work with children 
  • subject to a direction under section 142 of the Education Act 2002 
  • disqualified from registration for childminding or providing day care 
  • disqualified from registration under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006 
  • subject to a disqualification order under the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 

Criteria relating to bankruptcy and insolvency

You must not have had: 

  •  your estate sequestrated if the sequestration order has not been discharged, annulled or reduced; 

You must not be subject to: 

  • a bankruptcy restriction order, an interim bankruptcy restriction order, a debt relief order or an interim debt relief order; 
  • a disqualification order or a disqualification undertaking under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 
  • a disqualification undertaking accepted under the Company Directors Disqualification (Northern Ireland) Order 2002; 
  • an order made under section 492(2)(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986 

Criteria relating to prison sentences 

You must not have: 

  • received a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than three months (without the option of a fine) in the five years before becoming a governor or since becoming a governor; 
  • received a prison sentence of two and a half years or more in the 20 years before becoming a governor; 
  • at any time, received a prison sentence of five years or more 

Criteria relating to general restrictions 

You must not

  • have been removed from the office of charity trustee or trustee for a charity from participating in the management or control of any body by the Charity Commissioners or High Court on grounds of any misconduct or mismanagement, or under Section 34 of the Charities and Trustees Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 
  • have been fined for causing a nuisance or disturbance on school premises during the five years prior to or since appointment or election as a governor 
  • already hold a governorship of the same school* Please note that if you are applying for re-appointment, this information relates to the period when your current term of office ends

You must be: 

  • over 18 years old 
  • willing to allow an application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly known as the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) for a criminal records certificate. 

In addition a person is disqualified for election or appointment as a parent governor of a school if they are: 

a) an elected member of the local education authority; 

b) paid to work at the school for more than 500 hours (ie for more than one-third of the hours of a full-time equivalent) in a school year (at the time of election or appointment).