Parent Governor – Vacancy

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Parent Governor Vacancy

                                                                                    Tuesday 2nd January 2018


What are we looking for?

Our School Governing Body is made up of parents, staff, local authority and co-opted governors. Our governors may come to us through a variety of routes and with a range of different backgrounds, skills and experiences. They are all volunteers who work together for the benefit of our school and are the link between the school and the community it serves.

We are looking for a new parent governor to join the governing body team to support the strategic direction of the school.  This is an important and exciting opportunity and we welcome someone who can contribute fresh and stimulating ideas.  All parents/carers of a child registered at the school are invited to apply.

  • A child or children attending our School Road or Connaught Road site , to represent the parental voice
  • A background and/or knowledge of Human Resources management/procedures
  • A desire to contribute to and represent our diverse community
  • An interest in the performance of our school
  • An open and enquiring mind
  • The ability to look at issues objectively
  • The confidence to ask questions and join in debate
  • A willingness to listen and make informed judgments
  • The ability to work well with others
  • Able to give time to undertake the role

If you match the above description, you may be the very person to become a Governor at West Hove Infant school. Everyone has something to offer and we want people from as many backgrounds and with a wide a range of interests and skills as possible.

The role of the parent governor

Parent governors are sometimes regarded as the official channel for parent’s views which is not the case; there are other methods through which parents can engage with the school and express their views. The role of the Parent Governor is to provide a parents perspective within the governing body not to be the voice of parents at the school.  In governing body meetings, parent governors vote after hearing the views of all governors so they can make an informed decision.

What we can offer?

 A chance to develop skills in strategic management

  • The opportunity to work with our team of governors and staff in improving our school
  • Training to develop an understanding of specific school issues
  • A sense of achievement in making a difference to our school
  • The pleasure of helping students reach their potential
  • Bring your skills, knowledge and experience to the role

What is the Governing Body’s role?

The governing Body of our school plays a key role in:

  • Setting targets for raising standards of educational achievement
  • Monitoring progress towards meeting targets
  • Finding the right balance between supporting and challenging the performance of the headteacher and therefore the performance of her staff and the school as a whole
  • Deciding policy and future development plans
  • Upholding good governance and working towards the success of our school
  • Appointing the staff

The Governing Body works together as a team:

  • There is a minimum of six meetings of the Full Governing Body each year – sometimes the whole governing body is involved and sometimes Governors work in a smaller working group
  • Some governors have specific responsibilities – for example, Special Educational Needs, Health & Safety, Pupil Premium, and Self-Evaluation.
  • In addition to a full and detailed induction programme, all governors have the opportunity to undertake further training to build on existing skills or to develop new ones.

Thursday 18th January 2018

Election of a Parent Governor

In response to my email on Tuesday 2nd January, we have received three nominations for parents who are willing to stand for election to the Governing Body.

You will find attached the personal statements of the three candidates and a Voting Form setting out their names, child’s name and class.

Would each parent/carer indicate with a cross the candidate they would wish to fill the available place. The voting paper should then be sealed in the envelope provided, marked “Parent Governor Election” and returned to the school by midday on Thursday 1st February 2018. Please post your envelopes in the “Parent Governor Election” box located in the front reception at CR site and before the double doors to the hall at SR.


Parent Governor Nomination Statements

Joanne Rich

Who am I and why am I applying?

Hi my name is Joanne Rich and I am Mum to two girls, one of who is Amber of Angelfish. I am applying as I am really passionate about education and the future for all of our children, which is proved in the line of work that I do.

What do I do?

I am a National Youth Engagement Manager for a charity called Clarion Futures, part of Clarion Housing Association. My role involves writing the youth strategy for the programmes which are run across England in Clarion’s Communities. This involves keeping up to date with current policies affecting young people, while designing and monitoring effective programmes to help young people improve life skills for their future. I have been in this role over six years and grown my team and developed my responsibilities in this time, including recently being successful in winning a £1.8million lottery bid to fund a 3year volunteer programme across deprived communities in England.

How is my work relevant?

I feel my past and current experiences are relevant to the role of Governor, as I have previously been a Community School Governor in an inner city school in Leeds where I recruited for a new Headteacher; I gained a thorough understanding of the education system through working with children with additional needs while at The Princes Trust and more recently I chaired a network for my peers for over two years to improve quality and efficiency of our services.

What type of parent governor would I be?

I would be passionate and reliable in meetings; honest and open with the senior staff; approachable to the parents; but most importantly supportive to the whole school family of West Hove

Oliver Urpi

Who am I, why am I applying and what do I do?

My name is Oliver Urpi and I am a parent of a reception pupil at West Hove Infant School. We live in West Hove and I work for BP as Organisational Design Lead. BP is a large multinational organisation employing over 70,000 people in over 70 countries. I have over 12 years’ experience in HR, both at large companies and running my own business and feel my experience would be an asset to the school.

My child at West Hove is my first to attend school and I am very keen to use my skills to help West Hove to continue to build on its success and to help bring new and innovative ideas on how to educate our children to prepare them for life after West Hove Infant School. I am passionate about state education, shaped by my own experience growing up in the North of England and want to use my work experience to make a difference.

How is my work relevant?

I have over 12 years’ experience in HR, both at large companies and running my own business and feel my experience would be an asset to the school. My experience focusses on Talent, Recruitment and Organisation Design and I have been very active working with young people and looking to improve the link between education and industry.

What type of parent governor would I be?

I would be a very active governor and would be a champion for other parents. As an active member of the local community I would represent the views of the diverse community and work with the school to drive the best outcomes for our children.

Ruth Wragg-Jones

Who am I and why am I applying?

I am a working mum with Beth in year 1 and Thomas hopefully starting in reception in September. I am applying for the role of parent governor as I bring the skills and experience in human resources the school is looking for and a real desire to get involved and to make a difference in the school at a time when demand is high and finances are stretched.

What do I do and how is my work relevant?

I am a senior Human Resource Manager in a large public-sector organisation based in Sussex. I bring experience of over 15 years working in public sector organisations at both operational and strategic levels, including a number of local authorities responsible for HR services to schools. I simply enjoy working with organisations to help them to bring out the best from their staff so that ultimately, they do a great job.

I am also a working parent and I understand the pressures that many of us face balancing the demands of parenting, working and school.
What type of parent governor would I be?

My main aims as a parent governor would be to:

– Help ensure the school is a happy and creative place for our children to learn, develop as individuals and make great friends
– Help the school to make the best and most creative choices given the financial restraints
– Provide expertise to help the school actively engage, motivate and support the teachers and staff
– Be the parent voice, engaging parents in key issues, hearing parent views and supporting the school to consider parent perspectives in their decisions

I asked my daughter if she thinks I would be a good parent governor, thankfully she said “yes”. I asked her how she thought the school could be better she said “don’t have roast dinners” – unfortunately that’s one aim I’m not sure I would be able to deliver on!


Mrs Wendy Harkness                           Chris Baker                                         Cheryl Finella

Executive Headteacher                        Co-chair of Governors                      Co-chair of Governors