Parent/Carer Governor Vacancy
Walthamstow School for Girls has two vacancies for two parents or carers to serve as school governors and I hope you will consider putting yourself forward. The Governing Body’s role is the strategic and financial oversight of the school and ensuring that students receive a high quality education which prepares them for the next stage of their education. This includes planning for future development and improvements, but not the day-to-day management of the school. For more information on school governance, please see the Governing Body section of the school website.
If you would like to stand as a candidate, please complete the reply slip attached and return it to the school no later than 12 noon on Monday 7th February 2022. If there are more than two candidates for the two vacancies, an election will need to be held, but this is a straightforward process. All you need to do is write a short paragraph (no more than one hundred words) saying why you would like to become a Parent Governor. Your statement will be sent out to all parents and carers along with a voting paper. Should only two parents or carers apply, then they will automatically become Parent Governors. The term of office is four years.
The work of our governors is very important to the school in key areas such as oversight and development of the ethos and curriculum of the school; well-being of pupils; staff employment and use of resources, as well as ensuring that the school maintains its high standards in all areas. You will be expected to attend an evening meeting of the Governing Body once or twice a term and to join one of its committees which also meet once a term. Governors are also encouraged to visit the school during the day by arrangement and help in the oversight of an area of the curriculum, or other important areas such as safeguarding, as a link governor. We are not looking for any particular expertise, but rather a strong commitment to the school and its students, the inquisitiveness to question, and a willingness to give some of your time to governance. However, if you have specialist knowledge or relevant experience, please do mention this in your statement. Induction training is provided for all new governors and governors are expected to attend further training on specific areas of school governance, paid for by the school.
As a school, we are always mindful that the Governing Body should reflect the local community that the school serves, and members of ethnic minority groups are therefore particularly welcomed on the Governing Body and we would encourage you to stand for election as parent governors.
Those parents and carers who applied to the vacancy in September and are still interested in becoming a school governor, are very welcome to submit their statements again.
Please note that for the purpose of safeguarding, school governors are subject to an enhanced DBS check, administered via the school, which requires disclosure of any previous criminal convictions. Anything disclosed will not necessarily bar you from holding office and will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the school.