Dear parents and carers,
Some of our school governors are leaving us in the New Year, and so we need to recruit some new governors to join Harrison’s governing body. We are looking for parents, carers, grandparents, or indeed anyone from the local community who would like to become a part of the future of Harrison Primary School.
Being a school governor is a very rewarding role, not just from the knowledge that you are helping the school and the children. It also presents a rewarding opportunity to give something back to the community, and become an important part of the wider school family.
The strength of our governing body lies in its ability to attract members from a wide variety of backgrounds, share out the duties amongst its members, and be able to make decisions as a group. No one governor is expected to know everything and all decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.
The governing body is responsible for three core strategic functions:
At Harrison we link governors to school year groups and then move with the year group up through the school, providing governors with a broad overview of many aspects of school life. There are also opportunities to take on additional responsibilities, for example, Development and Training, Safeguarding or Health and Safety.
We suggest that being a governor will require about 20 to 30 hours per term, which might sound like a lot but averages one to two hours a week. This includes prior reading of paperwork and the preparation of questions before meetings, attendance at meetings, school monitoring visits, training, reviewing policies and the school’s budget.
We are looking forward to welcoming new governors to the school; if there are more applications than vacancies we will hold an election.
We appoint governors based on the skills and experience they can bring, and this can be from a wide range of backgrounds. At this time we are particularly interested in people with HR, Marketing or Communications backgrounds, but if this isn’t you, please don’t be put off as we will likely have several vacancies and you could be just who we need.
If you are interested in becoming a governor, please contact the school office for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Moorman, chair of governors
Jon Brand, vice chair of governors