• The Ilfracombe Academy

Parent Governor Nominations

Dear Parents/Carers

Parent Governor Election – The Ilfracombe Academy

There is currently one vacancy for a Parent Governor on our school’s Local Governing Body and I am writing to invite nominations to fill this vacancy.

The Governing Body works together as a group, meeting once every half term, and Parent Governors are welcomed as valued members of the team and play an important role. Together the Governing Body are responsible for the strategic direction of the school, promoting high standards of educational achievement and ensuring our resources are used to maximum impact. Life as a Governor is interesting and varied and we feel sure that there are parents prepared to take on this important role and give their time and commitment to help us to continue to improve the school's performance.

Training and support will be available to help you develop into the role. This will include in-house mentoring and support as well as access to external Governor training; those new to being a Governor are expected to attend induction training. The term of office for a Parent Governor is 4 years. For further information about the role please contact me. Any parent returning the slip below will be invited to an informal meeting with the Chair of Governors to further explore the role of Parent Governor and be given an opportunity to ask questions. It is expected that Governors are able to uphold the ethos of the school.

If you would like to stand for election please complete the nomination slip at the bottom of this letter. An election, by secret ballot, will be held if more nominations are received than the number of vacancies. If an election is needed details of the procedure will be sent to all parents.

Nominations can be from Parents/Carers with parental responsibility with children at the school on the day that nominations close. The reverse of this letter summarises information on the disqualification criteria to serve as a governor and a definition of parental responsibility. Anyone standing for election must certify that he/she is not disqualified for any reason. Please note that Parents/Carers who have paid employment in the school for 500 hours per academic year or more or who are elected members of the Local Authority are not eligible to stand in these elections.

Yours faithfully

Holly Lathbury-Wilson

Returning Officer

Please return the attached form to Holly Lathbury-Wilson, Clerk to Governors, via the school reception by 12 noon on Friday 18th December 2020

Disqualification criteria

A person is disqualified from holding or from continuing to hold office as a governor or associate member if he or she:

fails to attend the governing body meetings – without the consent of the governing body – for a continuous period of six months, beginning with the date of the first meeting missed (not applicable to ex officio governors); is subject to a bankruptcy restriction order, an interim bankruptcy restriction order, a debt relief order or an interim debt relief order; has had his or her estate sequestrated and the sequestration order has not been discharged, annulled or reduced; is subject to: a disqualification order or disqualification undertaking under the Company Directors Disqualification 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 an order made under Section 429(2)(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986 (failure to pay under a County Court administration order); has 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 34 of the Charities and Trustees Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 from participating in the management or control of any body; is included in the list of people considered by the Secretary of State as unsuitable to work with children; is disqualified from working with children or subject to a direction under Section 142 of the Education Act 2002; is disqualified from registration for childminding or providing day care; is disqualified from registration under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006; has 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; has received a prison sentence of two-and-a-half years or more in the 20 years before becoming a governor; has at any time received a prison sentence of five years or more; has been fined for causing a nuisance or disturbance on school premises during the five years prior to or since appointment or election as a governor; refuses to allow an application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a DBS check.

Parental Responsibility: Who has it?

Both parents have parental responsibility if they were married to each other at the time of the child’s birth, even if they have since separated or divorced.

If the child’s parents were not married at the time of the birth, the mother has parental responsibility for the child and the father is able to acquire parental responsibility for the child if he:

marries the mother of the child; enters into a parental responsibility agreement with the mother; registers the child’s birth jointly with the mother and is named on the birth certificate (effective from 1 December 2003, but not retrospective); applies to the court for a parental responsibility order.

Parental responsibility passes to the adopter when an adoption order is made.

Parent governor Letterhead Dec 2020
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