As part of the Vale Academy Trust, the Larkmead community is overseen by its Local Governing Body, whose role – delegated and supported by the Trust – is to set targets for the school, to monitor and challenge progress and to make sure that the school is accountable to key groups of people with an interest in its work. As well as the Head Teacher, the Local Governing Body includes elected representatives of parents & carers and the schools teaching and non-teaching staff, together with representatives of the local community appointed by the Vale Academy Trust.
The governing body brings a wide range of skills or viewpoints, and actively encourages input from our students, parents & carers, staff and the wider community. The Local Governing Body acts as a critical friend to the school, but the kind of friend who knows the school well enough to ask challenging questions about what the school is doing.
parent governor election
Larkmead School Election of Parent Governor
The Local Governing Body (LGB) of the school has a parent governor vacancy. We are writing to ask you if you would be interested in becoming a parent governor.
Becoming a governor is a very rewarding and worthwhile experience. Effective governors do not need expertise in education but do need to be committed to their school, willing to ask questions and offer appropriate challenge and support.
All governors are expected to:
- attend one or two evening meetings each term
- attend development sessions three times a year
- visit the school formally for monitoring purposes
Governors also need to be able to work as an enthusiastic member of the governing body team with the aim of raising and maintaining high educational standards for all children. Governors are asked to act with integrity, honesty and objectivity and at all times in the best interests of the school.
The prime focus of the LGB is to develop the strategic direction of the school, be accountable to stakeholders and to ensure that financial resources are spent appropriately.
Governors also have a number of opportunities to access training to develop and enhance their knowledge and skills.
It is important to note that governors are elected to bring the experience of that individual as a member of the LGB. Once elected, parent governors are a representative parent but not a delegate. This means they are not expected to report back to parents on any matters relating to the school or LGB without prior consent from the governing body.
There is no requirement for experience from the educational sector. We strive to achieve a diverse set of backgrounds within the LGB that is representative of our community and brings a broad set of skills to the group. The Vale Academy Trust arranges regular development sessions and access to a wide range of training resources to build your skills as a governor.
Anyone who has parental responsibility for a pupil on the school roll at the time of the election can nominate themselves, stand for election and vote in the election. The term of office for a parent governor is four years. Nominations should be made online via this link Click on the link here and must be submitted before noon on Monday 21st June.
Nomination requires that each candidate provide a brief personal statement of up to 200 words in length, covering a little information about the candidate and why they would like to be a governor. Should there be more than one nomination for the vacancy, there will be a parent ballot and all personal statements will be shared with parents, to help them decide how to vote.
If you cannot nominate using the online form, you can instead complete the attached nomination form, which must arrive at the school no later than the nomination closing time and date stated above.
Within a few days of the closing date for nominations we will inform parents whether we need to hold a ballot. If there is a ballot, we will run this using an online voting form, via the email address we have registered for parents in the school database (please contact us if you want to check or update this information). If you cannot vote online, you will still be able to participate by coming into school and voting in person.
We will send more details to you about how to vote online or in person if and when voting is about to start.
A copy of the Rules and Procedures guiding the election of parent governors and further copies of the nomination form can be obtained from the school website or by asking at reception.
Mr J Dennett Mrs E Ball
Headteacher Chair of Governors
- Eligibility – Qualifications and Disqualifications Criteria
- Nomination Form