Springfield Primary School | Parent Governor Vacancy
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Parent Governor Vacancy

We currently have two vacancies for two parent governors which we would like to fill as soon as possible.  Parent governors are elected by and from the parents of children currently attending our school.  They serve a four-year term of office and bring a very important and valued perspective to the work of the governing body.



Being a Governor is an important role in the life of the school as Governors work with the Headteacher in setting the overall direction of travel of the school. They are involved in important decisions about student applications to the school, staff appointments, the budget of the school, and expenditure on the premises of the school. They discuss student achievement and support and take an interest in the ways the school is continuing to maintain high standards. They support the Headteacher and School Leadership Team as they lead the school.  In particular we currently need people who have the availability during the day to help with staff recruitment interviews. We also need people with financial and premises expertise. A wide variety of other skills are very welcome.




Full details of the process and how to apply can be found below.


Are you interested?

If you are interested in becoming a Parent Governor but feel a little daunted by the responsibility you may be taking on, remember that full training will be available, and you will always act as part of a team. No particular experience or qualifications are required. Your role would be as a typical parent bringing a parent’s perspective to the running of the Governing Body and the school.

Guidance for parent governors

Central Bedfordshire Council has produced guidance on the role of a parent governor.

The guidance looks at issues such as what support a parent governor can expect from the local authority and how much time the role requires.

The Governance Handbook, published by the Department for Education (DfE), sets out the core role and functions of governing bodies and information about their specific legal duties, and links to further guidance and resources for governors.

Your Commitment

If you become a Governor you will be taking on the following commitments to help make sure the school is well managed:

  • Share the responsibilities of the Governing Body as summarised above.
  • Attend and participate in meetings on a regular basis – Governors attend six Full Governing Body meetings and are normally a member of one committee which usually meet about 3 times a year. Meetings normally last no longer than two hours (usually on a Thursday afternoon)
  •  Undergo appropriate training
  •  You may also be invited to sit on appointment or other panels

You will be required to sign the Governing Body’s code of practice, and to apply for a DBS enhanced disclosure.




What do you need to do next?

Read the section at the end of this page which explains the process for appointing Parent Governors. A nomination form can be found below.


Process for Selection and Appointment of Parent Governors

  • As the parent, carer or other person with parental responsibility for a student at this school you have the right to both propose candidates and stand as a candidate yourself.
  • If you decide to put yourself forward for the Parent Governor vacancies you will need to find two other parents/carers willing to propose and second your nomination. You will need to ask them to complete and sign the attached form.
  • If more parents want to become Governors than there are vacancies, a ballot will be held. Ballot papers and details of the election process will be sent to all parents and carers eligible to vote.
  • If you put yourself forward and no ballot is necessary you will be elected unopposed from the day after the deadline for nominations passes.
  • You are invited to provide a statement to support your nomination as a Parent Governor to not exceed 100 words. Please forward your statement of support to dgibbons@springfieldprimaryschool.org.uk. If a ballot is held this statement will be included on the ballot paper to help other parents decide who to vote for.
  • If you are elected as a Governor your term of office will normally be 4 years. You can resign at any time. If your child leaves the school you can continue as a Governor until the end of your term of office.
  • The enclosed nomination form must be returned to the Returning Officer not later than ten school days from the date this letter was passed to you by the school.
  • If you are elected you will be asked to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure


The nomination period will open on Monday 8th November and close at 12 noon on Friday 19th November.

If you would like to know more about the role of a Parent Governor or the appointment process you are welcome to contact the Clerk to the Governors on