Orchard Church of England Primary School

The school day starts at 8.50 am (doors open at 8.40 am and all gates open at 8.30 am). School ends at 3.15 pm (all gates open at 3.05 pm)

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Nomination for Parent Governors

Orchard’s Governing Board has a vacancy for a parent governor.  We are very keen to encourage parents and carers of registered pupils to nominate themselves to become part of our governing board.

Parent governors are elected by other parents and are vital to our governing board.  They share equally with other governors the duty of carrying out the governing board's wide range of responsibilities.  Governors do not run the school day to day, as their role is at the strategic or policy-making level in the school. They ensure that the head teacher performs her responsibilities for the educational performance of the school and ensure the sound, proper and effective use of the school’s financial resources.  You do not have to be an expert on education to be a school governor, and we value the experience and skills that all governors bring to the role. However, you will be expected to demonstrate skills and experience that will enhance governance at the school, a commitment to undertake training and a willingness to engage in the life of the school and its strategic development, over and above merely attending meetings.  At this time the Governing Board would welcome particularly applications from parents with skills and/or experience in finance, project management, law, risk management and/or strategic planning.

If you join our governing board, you will serve for a four-year term and you can continue to the end of the four years even if your child leaves the school.  Being a governor does take up time.  There are at least four governing board meetings each year and governors usually serve on one or more committees which meet once each term.  You will need to set aside time to be able to be an effective governor: time to prepare for meetings, for visiting the school, to undertake training and updating.  

If you would like to take the opportunity to put yourself forward as a candidate, please contact the school office by Friday 14th October 2022 and request an application pack which will contain further information along with a parent governor election form.   Alternatively, you can download a pack here:

Application Letter

Parent Governor Election Form

Guidance for Prospective Governors

Code of Conduct 2022-23

Please complete and return the election form to the school office for the attention of the Head Teacher by 3.30pm on Monday 24th October 2022.

If there are more nominations than vacancies the election will be by secret ballot. If that is necessary, voting papers will be sent to all parents together with details of the ballot procedure.

To find out more about what being a governor at this school is like, you can contact Richard Moore (Chair of Governors) or Allison Dawes or Tracy Henderson (Vice Chairs of Governors) via the School Office; they will be very willing to answer any questions. 

THE GOVERNING BOARD

What Do Governors Do?

 Governors contribute to the work of the Governing Board by ensuring high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school. 

 The Governing Board has three core functions:

 i) ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

ii) holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the efficient and effective performance management of staff;

iii) overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

 Governors …

  1. Contribute to the strategic discussions at governing board meetings which determine:
  • the vision and ethos of the school;
  • clear and ambitious strategic priorities and targets for the school;
  • that all children, including those with special educational needs, have access to a broad and balanced curriculum;
  • the school’s budget, including the expenditure of the pupil premium allocation;
  • the school’s staffing structure and key staffing policies;
  • the principles to be used by school leaders to set other school policies.
  1. Hold executive leaders to account by monitoring the school’s performance, which includes:
  • agreeing the outcomes from the school’s self-evaluation and ensuring they are used to inform the priorities in the school development plan;
  • considering all relevant data and feedback provided by school leaders and external sources on all aspects of school performance;
  • asking challenging questions of school leaders;
  • ensuring senior leaders have arranged for the required audits to be carried out and receiving the results of those audits;
  • ensuring senior leaders have developed the required policies and procedures and the school is operating effectively according to those policies;
  • acting as a link governor on a specific issue/priority, making relevant enquiries of the staff responsible for that area, and reporting back to the governing board;
  • listening to and reporting to the school’s stakeholders: pupils, parents, staff, and the wider community, including local employers. 
  1. Ensure the school staff have the resources and support they require to do their jobs well, including the necessary expertise on business management, external advice where necessary, effective appraisal and CPD (Continuing Professional Development), and suitable premises and that the way in which those resources are used has impact. 
  1. When required, serve on panels of governors to:
  • appoint the head teacher and other senior leaders;
  • appraise the head teacher;
  • set the head teacher’s pay and agree the pay recommendations for other staff;
  • hear the second stage of staff grievances and disciplinary matters;
  • hear appeals about pupil exclusions.

 The role of a governor is largely a thinking and questioning role, not a doing role.  A governor does NOT:

  1. a) write school policies;
  2. b) undertake audits of any sort – whether financial or health & safety - even if the governor has the relevant professional experience;
  3. c) spend much time with the pupils of the school – if you want to work directly with children, there are many other voluntary valuable roles within the school;
  4. d) fundraise – this is the role of the PTA – the governing board should consider income streams and the potential for income generation, but not carry out fundraising tasks;
  5. e) undertake classroom observations to make judgement on the quality of teaching – the governing board monitors the quality of teaching in the school by requiring data from the senior staff and from external sources;
  6. f) do the job of the school staff; if there is not enough capacity within the paid staff team to carry out the necessary tasks, the governing board need to consider and rectify this.

 Governors attend regular meetings and visit the school on other occasions as part of their role. They abide by a Code of Conduct and, at all time, act in the best interests of all the pupils of the school.