Laira Green Primary School

Tel: 01752 660427 Bramley Rd, Laira, Plymouth, PL3 6BP

Parent Governor Vacancy

Dear Parent or Carer                                       

Vacancy for Parent Governor at Laira Green Primary School

Please download and print the complete document here:

I am writing to advise you that there is a vacancy for 1 parent governor on the school’s Governing Board and to invite parents who are interested in taking up this role to put their names forward, or to nominate another parent. If you nominate a fellow parent please ensure the parent countersigns the attached nomination paper.

We would draw your attention to the reverse of the nomination form – Declaration of Eligibility which lists the criteria for qualifications and disqualifications. Please ensure the declaration is signed by the nominee.

The timescale for electing the new governor(s) is as follows:-

  • Nominations to the headteacher by Wednesday 13th April 2016

If more nominations are received than there are vacancies:

The election will be held on  Tuesday 10th May 2016 at noon.

If the number of nominations received are equal to or less than the number of vacancies there will be no need to hold a ballot. If a ballot is necessary one voting paper per parent will be sent to you via your child.

Should you mislay this nomination paper, a further copy may be obtained from the school.

This letter and the attached forms are also available in other formats, for example, large print, audiocassette, Cantonese, Greek and Bengali. Braille and other languages may be arranged by request.

For further information please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body, Nick Rich

Kind regards


Miss D Bailey


What is the role of school governors and governing bodies?

Governing bodies are responsible for a wide range of matters, which include ensuring that pupils receive high quality education and planning for the future development and improvement of the school. Parent governors play an important role as members of the governing board and are welcomed as valued members of the team. The governing board works together – governors do not make decisions individually.  

Governors will support and, at the same time, challenge heads by gathering views, asking questions and deciding what is best for the school. Governors make important decisions on how the school will be run and have to stand by their collective decision. The governing board is answerable to parents, learners and the wider community.

Governing boards comprise of various types of governor. The governing body will include:

  • Parents elected by other parents at the school.
  • Staff governors elected by their colleagues.
  • Local Authority appointed governors.
  • Co-opted Governors appointed by the governing body.
  • In some schools there are Foundation governors appointed by the body which established the school, usually the church (VA and VC Schools).


Our meetings are held monthly across the academic year (9 meetings in total which normally take place on a Thursday at 5pm – 7pm). Meetings should last no more than 2 hours.  Governors are also encouraged to visit school to learn more about the way the school works.

What will you gain as a school governor?

  • The opportunity to make a real difference and the chance to contribute to the good of the community, leading to real satisfaction and a sense of achievement. You will gain an understanding of the decision making process of school governing boards  and an awareness of the education system as a whole;
  • Working as a school governor will give the opportunity to work with a wide variety of people and pupils from a variety of social, cultural and religious backgrounds;
  • You will develop new skills and strengthen existing ones. You will be offered training on various aspects of the governor role.
Please download and print the complete document here:

This includes the Nomination and Declaration of Ability.



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