Parent Governors FAQ
Who can be a parent governor?
Parent governors must be parents of a child at Bishop Ramsey at the time of their election. Parent governors do not have to stand down if their child leaves the school during the period they serve; they may serve out their term of office.
How long is a parent governor’s term of office?
At Bishop Ramsey the term of office is four years. Parent governors are of course able to resign from office at any point during this term if they wish. They may stand for re-election at the end of their term of office if they still have a child at Bishop Ramsey.
Do parent governors have the same status and responsibilities as other governors?
Parent governors have equal rights and status with all other governors. They should take part in all aspects of the work of the governing body.
How do parent governors represent the views of all Bishop Ramsey parents?
Although elected by parents, parent governors are not obliged to express any views apart from their own. However, it is important they try to represent the views of parents on major issues to the governing body, where appropriate. Attending Parent Link Group meetings, considering the results of governing body consultations and talking to other parents are all ways in which parent governors can understand what parents’ views are.
Is training provided for parent governors?
The governing body is responsible for the induction of new parent governors. Training is also available through the local authority governor support service and through courses run by the London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS). Bishop Ramsey has a buddy system for all new governors, where they are paired with an experienced governor who can answer questions and support them on school visits.
Further information about advice and support for governors is available from the DfE on the GOV.UK website which can be accessed by clicking here. (The website will open in another window)
How much time does being a parent governor take up?
Bishop Ramsey has four full governing body meetings each academic year. These last between two to two and a half hours and are always held at 7.30pm in the evening. Parent Governors will be invited to sit on one or two committees where they have an interest or feel they can make a contribution. Committee meetings generally take place twice each term and last for up to two hours.
In addition governors are encouraged to visit the school from time to time to develop their understanding of the school, so they can fulfil their duties effectively. In the past Governors have been linked to specific faculties and year groups but the governor visit process is under review at the present time. All visits should be notified to the Headteacher’s PA and the findings reported back to the full governing body.
Do parent governors handle complaints?
Other parents may approach parent governors with complaints about the school. These should be referred directly to the School's Complaints Manager without the parent governor becoming involved. If the complaint is about the Headteacher, the matter should be referred to the Chair of Governors. Further details about the complaints procedure can be found in the Complaints Policy on the school website. Click here to open the 'School Policies' page in another window.
Parent governors may be asked to sit on the governing body appeals panel. They are free to decline if they wish and should do so if they have been involved in the complaint either as a parent or as a governor.
Who should I speak to if I am interested in becoming a parent governor?
Elections are held for parent governors whenever a term of office ends or a parent governor resigns. However, either the Chair of Governors or one of the existing parent governors will be pleased to discuss the role with you at any time. You can contact them through the following email firstname.lastname@example.org