I am writing to seek nominations from parents willing to serve on the school governing body. A ‘parent’ for the purpose of the election is a person with ‘Parental Responsibility’, as defined in the Children’s Act 1989, and includes married parents, mothers of non-marital children and divorced or separated parents. It may also include unmarried fathers, who may acquire parental responsibility by agreement with the mother or by means of a court order. Guardians, non-parents in respect of whom a residence order is made and local authorities in respect of which a care order is made may also acquire parental responsibility. A parent governor must have a child in the school.
There are circumstances which disqualify parents from standing for election to the Governing Body, but not from proposing or voting for candidates. In brief these are where a person has been adjudged bankrupt or has been convicted of a criminal offence during the last 5 years for which a prison sentence (suspended or not) for a period of not less than 3 months, without the option of a fine, was imposed. In addition if a parent is employed to work at the school for more than 500 hours per year, then they are not eligible to stand for election or appointment as a parent governor.
For the purpose of proposing candidates a nomination slip is attached. This should be completed and returned to school by those parents wishing to make nominations. Those parents nominated and seconded and who have indicated their willingness to stand for election by signing the nomination slip, may submit brief biographical details (maximum of 100 words) for circulation with ballot papers.
At this stage of the process the nomination slip should either;
a) be posted to the school and marked Election Nominee in the top left hand corner of the envelope.
b) be handed to the school reception by you or your son/daughter, and marked Election Nominee in the top left hand corner of the envelope.
I look forward to receiving your nominations. I will provide further information and ballot papers, if required, in the near future.