The School Governors

The composition of the Governing Body of The Edward Richardson Primary School.  Our Instrument of Government, dated 13th March 2015, states that the Governing Body has 11 members broken down into the following groups:

Type of Governor Number of Governors of this type at the Edward Richardson Primary School Further information
Parent Governor 4 Parent Governors are elected from amongst the registered parents at the school.  They are appointed for a four year term which can be terminated earlier by resignation.  There is no obligation to resign as a Parent Governor if the governor in question ceases to be a registered parent during their four year term.  Elections are prompted by either the termination of a term of office or a resignation.  Members of staff who are also parents are only eligible to stand for such a position if they work for fewer than 500 hours per year.
Headteacher 1 The Headteacher is an 'ex-officio' governor.
Staff Governor The Staff Governor is elected from amongst the whole staff to represent them.  This is also for a four year term.  Members of staff standing for these positions will normally be expected to work for a minimum of 500 hours per year.
Local Authority Governor This governor is appointed by the Local Authority.  Such an appointee would not normally be a person who would be eligible to stand as either a Parent Governor or a Staff Governor.  There is no requirement for such an appointee to have any direct interest within the communities for which we are the designated school although preference may be given to such a candidate.  In selecting a Local Authority Governor the Governing Body will consider the skills audit of the full body and which candidate has skills which will develop this.
Co-opted 4 These governors are members of the local community who are invited to join the Governing Body to represent the wider community served by the school.  It is an opportunity for those with specific skills to contribute to the work of the school.  Generally such governors would be neither parents or staff in order that they may bring a different perspective to discussions.  Such an appointee would not normally be a person who would be eligible to stand as either a Parent Governor or a Staff Governor.  Although it is not a requirement a Co-opted Governor would normally be expected to have specific interest within the communities for which we are the designated school (either through residence or employment) or a nearby community.  In selecting a Co-opted Governor the Governing Body will consider the skills audit of the full body and which candidate has skills which will develop this.
The School Governance Constitution Regulations (2012) stipulate that a Governing Body must have a minimum of:
TWO parent governors
The headteacher (unless the headteacher resigns)
ONE staff governor
ONE local authority governor
The minimum number of governors IN TOTAL is seven.

Clerk to the Governors: Mrs Caroline Yule

Anyone interested in being a future governor at the school should refer to the Vacancies page

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