From time to time we have vacancies for Parent Governors. Elections for Parent Governors are always anonymous.
Parents are sent a ballot paper, which should be returned to school by the designated date. This is sent with full information about the election, information about the candidates and timescales. Each ‘parent’ (see note) should complete one ballot paper (in accordance with the instructions on the ballot paper), irrespective of the number of children they have at the school. On completion of a ballot paper, this should then be placed into the envelope for anonymity and returned to school.
The parent polling the highest number of votes for first position will be declared duly elected to the Governing Body. In the event of a two-way tie for first place, the lowest placed candidate will be eliminated and their voters reallocated according to their second choice. If there is still a tie the next lowest placed candidate will be eliminated etc. If these procedures fail to produce a result a witnessed draw will take place.
In the event of more than one Parent Governor position being decided in one ballot, the second vacancy will be determined by the papers placing the candidate who has now been elected being distributed amongst the remaining candidates according to the second choice (which is now their first choice from the remaining candidates) and the above procedure followed again.
The winner of the election will be notified as soon as the votes have been counted and this outcome will be posted in the Parents Shelter notice board, on the website and in a letter. The elected candidate will become a Governor on the first school day following the count and will be invited to attend their first meeting on the next date that has been set.
Definition of eligible parents for voting purposes:
- Natural parents of the pupil (postal copies of this letter will be sent to non resident parents where contact details are available)
- Spouses of natural parents whether resident with the pupil or otherwise