02 Sep

Parent Governor Elections are due to take place for the academic year 2021-2022

Parent Governors

Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. Any parent, or carer, of a registered student at the school at the time of election is eligible to stand for election as a parent governor. Parent governors may continue to hold office until the end of their term of office even if their child leaves the school.

Schools must make every reasonable effort to fill parent governor vacancies through elections. The Regulations, however, make provision for the governing body to appoint parent governors where not enough parents stand for election.

Time commitment

Governors are expected to attend all full governing body meetings and committee meetings as appropriate. This will be a minimum of 5 or 6 times per year.   

As an effective parent governor you:

  • work in partnership with the Principal, Senior Leadership Team and cooperatively with other governors to raise standards and improve outcomes for all students
  • prepare for meetings by reading papers beforehand
  • take responsibility for your own learning and development as a governor including attending training
  • attend full governing body and relevant committee meetings promptly, regularly, and for the full time
  • read briefings and newsletters for governors; present a balanced view of issues representing different sections of the community
  • promote the interests of the school in the wider community
  • be loyal to the decisions made by the governing body
  • respect the confidentiality of governing body affairs


The Parent Governor role is for a term of 2 years. Being a school governor allows you to contribute to the College, and in doing so, make a difference to students’ lives and their prospects for the future. 

Whilst you are making good use of your skills for the benefit of the school, you are developing new skills that you might not have the chance to acquire at work. Governors are assigned to committees where their strengths can be best used, these include: Audit and Risk, Finance and Resources, Student Experience and Catholic Ethos and Culture.

Governors only have authority as part of a governing body, so every decision must be made by the team, allowing governors to fine-tune their communication, negotiation and influencing skills and their teamwork.  Not only can you learn from the people around you, but governors also have the chance to attend training to develop their skills, and much of it transferable to the rest of your professional life.