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Richard Atkins Primary School

Parent Governor Elections

Would you like to become a parent governor?

We are looking for a new parent governor to be part of our governing body. You don’t need to be an expert; we just need your experience as a parent. 

Do you:

  • Currently have a child or children in our school
  • Have an open and enquiring mind
  • Have a willingness to listen and make informed judgements
  • Work well with others
  • Have an interest in education generally and our school in particular
  • Have a desire to play a part in improving our school
  • Willing to give about 10-15 hours per term to attend meetings, training courses and visit the school to talk to staff, pupils and parents

Yes? Then you are the very person to become a parent governor! Everyone has something to offer and we want people from as many backgrounds and interests as possible.

 What is a school governor?

School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Governors also help to make big decisions about the school’s long-term goals; they support the Headteacher but also ask questions and make sure the headteacher is taking the school in the right direction.

The governing body of our school is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that pupils receive a high quality education and that the conduct of the school reflects this aim
  • Working with the headteacher on the strategic planning and management of the school
  • Considering and agreeing the aims and policies of the school
  • Discussing and approving the targets for improvement
  • Appointing the staff
  • Setting and monitoring the budget
  • Monitoring the performance of the school
  • Reporting to the parents and community on how we have accomplished our tasks

In return we can offer:

  • An insight into the wider perspective of the school through long-term planning
  • A chance to develop skills in strategic management
  • The opportunity to work with our team of governors and staff in improving our school
  • Training to develop an understanding of specific school management issues
  • The support and assistance of the Local Authority
  • A sense of achievement in making a difference to our school
  • The pleasure of seeing children learning

As a parent governor, what would I be expected to do?

  • Attend up to 1 full governor meeting and up to 2 committee meetings a term. Meetings are usually after school around 6.30pm.
  • Take a share of the workload (it’s not that bad and we give you plenty of tea and nice biscuits)
  • Visit the school during school hours
  • Take part in regular training (other staff or governors will be there with you)
  • Join in celebrations and special activities in school



Governors can make a real difference to the performance of the school and have a real part to play in making the school successful.

If you are interested and want to know more, please speak to Ms McIntosh or Mr Haskins. If you would like to nominate yourself, please download the Nomination Form and return it to Mr Haskins via admin@richardatkins.org


Cover Letter

Information Sheet - including eligibility criteria

Nomination Form - Word - PDF