Tettenhall Wood School – Parent Governor Vacancies

by | Apr 9, 2024 | Governance | 0 comments

Dear Tettenhall Wood School Family,

We are excited to announce vacancies for Parent Governors on our Local Governing Body. This is a unique opportunity for parents and guardians to play a pivotal role in the strategic direction and success of Tettenhall Wood School, ensuring we continue to provide the highest standard of education and nurture for our students.

Why Become a Parent Governor?

Being a Parent Governor is a rewarding role that allows you to contribute directly to the governance and oversight of our school’s operations. It’s about being part of a team that values high standards, independence, learning, and the welfare of our children above all. Your involvement will help us foster a happy, caring environment where every student can achieve their full potential.

What Does the Role Involve?

Our Local Governing Body, comprising Parent Governors, Staff Governors, Trust Directors, and a Committee Clerk, is instrumental in:

  • Promoting and reviewing school performance.
  • Upholding the Trust’s vision within the school.
  • Supporting and constructively challenging our School Leaders.
  • Acting as a champion for the school in our community and at events.

Who Can Apply?

All parents and guardians of children currently attending Tettenhall Wood School are eligible provided you meet certain criteria outlined in our eligibility list, except the following:

  • If s/he is an elected member of the Local Education Authority; (Local Councillor)
  • If s/he is under 18 years’ old
  • Have been disqualified from working with children
  • Have been declared bankrupt

We are looking for individuals with:

  • A genuine interest in the welfare and education of our children.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and constructively.
  • A commitment to attend meetings, training sessions, and school visits.

Support for Governors

We understand the importance of support for our governors. Therefore, we commit to:

  • Providing a structured induction.
  • Offering access to quality training materials.
  • Assigning an experienced Governor as a mentor.

How to Apply

If you’re interested in making a difference at Tettenhall Wood School, please express your interest by completing our Expression of Interest Form. The deadline for submissions is 4:00 PM on Friday, April 26, 2024.

FAQs and More Information

For more information about the role, commitment, and benefits of becoming a Parent Governor, please refer to the FAQ section below. Should you have any further questions, feel free to contact Lauren Jones, the Trust’s Executive Director of Legal, Governance & Compliance, at ljones@aatrust.co.uk.

This is more than a role; it’s a chance to be part of something meaningful. Join us in shaping the future of Tettenhall Wood School, where every child is empowered to dream big and shine bright.

With warm regards,

Ross Ashcroft
Headteacher, Tettenhall Wood School

Governor F.A.Q.

How much time will it take up?

Meetings of the Local Governing Board are held once per term from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. There will be additional training sessions offered to you, to suit your availability on an ad-hoc basis. You will need to spend some time reading the agenda, the minutes and other papers to prepare for a meeting. All preparatory meeting paperwork will be sent out to you, at least

Can I get help with child-minding costs?

Yes, if you need to employ a child-minder for evening meetings, then you can claim some of the costs back from the school.

Can I get help to understand what happens at meetings?

Yes: The Chair and Clerk will meet new Governors before their first meeting to talk through the agenda. If you feel it would be helpful, we could provide you with another Governor as a “mentor” to help you through the first few meetings. The excellent induction training provided by the Trust will help you to understand how Governing Bodies operate. Induction training can be booked with the Committee Clerk to suit your availability.

Do I get paid for being a Governor?

No. All school Governors are unpaid volunteers.

What do Governors actually do?

School Governors are responsible for the strategic direction of the schools within the Trust: they make long term decisions about the progress and development of the schools. Governors agree on Trust policies and set targets for pupil achievement and attendance. School Governors ensure that all schools within the Trust provide the highest standard of education for every child.

Can I talk to parents or other people about what goes on in meetings?

You can talk about matters in a very general way, but you must not identify any individual member of staff or any child. Part of the agenda is strictly confidential (it covers discipline, exclusions and similar items) and you must not talk about anything discussed in that section. Governors are asked to agree to a Code of Conduct that will be explained at your first meeting.

What are the benefits of becoming a Governor?

You will learn how the schools within the Amethyst Trust manage their budget, personnel and buildings, and how school policies are developed.

Are there any restrictions on becoming a Governor?

Governors must be over 18 years of age; not be bankrupt, nor have served a long prison sentence, nor have been disqualified from working with children. All Governors are required to sign a declaration to this effect and an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check will be carried out.

If I enjoy being a Governor, how can I develop my role within the Trust’s Governance system?

Experienced Governors, with a strong skill set are encouraged to express their interests in a Trust Board position, when these become available. A number of our Directors, who sit at Trust Board Level, have been long serving members of our school’s Governing Body, and have acquired a broad range of skills which now serves them well as Directors, with strategic oversight of the Trust. (Please see our website for more information about of current Governance Model)

Are you eligible to be a Governor?

People may not serve as a Parent Governor who:

  • are at any time during their period of office detained under the Mental Health Act 1983(c);
  • have failed to attend the Governing Body meetings for a continuous period of six months, beginning with the date of the first meeting they failed to attend, without the consent of the Governing Body (not applicable to ex officio Governors);
  • their estate has been sequestrated and the sequestration has not been discharged, annulled or reduced; or they are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or an interim order;
  • are subject to a disqualification order or disqualification undertaking under the Company Directors Act 1986, a disqualification order under Part 2 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1989, a disqualification undertaking accepted under the Company Directors Disqualification (Northern Ireland) Order 2002, or an order made under section 492(2)(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986 (failure to pay under county court administration order);
  • have been removed from the office of charity trustee or trustee for a charity by the Charity Commissioners or High Court on grounds of any misconduct or mismanagement, or under Section 7 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990 from being concerned in the management or control of anybody;
  • are included in the list of Teachers or workers prohibited or restricted from working with children or young people;
  • works at the Academy for more than 500 hours per year;
  • are disqualified from working with children;
  • are disqualified from being an independent Academy proprietor, Teacher or employee by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills;
  • 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;
  • have received a prison sentence of 2.5 years or more in the 20 years before becoming a Governor;
  • have at any time received a prison sentence of five years or more;
  • have been fined for causing a nuisance or disturbance on Academy premises during the five years prior to or since appointment or election as a Governor;
  • refuse an application being made for an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formally CRB)

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