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The Federation of

Bursledon C of E (C) Infant & Bursledon (CA) Junior Schools

Would you like to support your child's school by volunteering to be a Parent Governor?

                                                 Parent Governor Vacancy

Dear Parents and Carers

From December, we will have a vacancy for a parent governor. Parents from either school may nominate themselves and all parents/carers are entitled to vote in the event of an election.

The Bursledon Federation has always aimed for a partnership with parents, which undoubtedly brings great benefits to the children. One of the most significant ways you can help in promoting this aim is to volunteer to be a parent governor.

The governing body's main tasks are:

  • ensuring that the federation has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • holding  the Executive Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the Federation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  • over-seeing the financial performance of the federation and making sure its money is well spent.

    Parent governors are welcomed as valued members of the team and play a vital role in ensuring the governing body is aware of the views of parents and the local community. We feel sure that there are parents prepared to take on this important role and give their time and commitment to helping us to continue to improve the federation's performance.

    We are a committed team of governors that already brings a wide variety of experience and expertise from our everyday lives. In looking to fill this vacancy the governors of the school have identified the following skills, experience and attributes that they feel would further strengthen the governing body:

  • a real heart and passion for our schools
  • a willingness to learn
  • time to carry out the role effectively
  • a background in finance and/or business; with the current financial situation we are actively seeking governors with financial and  business expertise or experience/ability in obtaining external funding.


As a full governing body, we meet twice a term on Tuesday evenings from 17:30 to 19:30.  We have two main committees which usually meet once a term: Finance and Resources which meets on Thursday mornings between 0830 and 10:00; and Standards, Achievement and Inclusion which meets on Monday evenings between 17:30 and 1900.  All meeting dates are set in July for the following academic year. We also expect every governor to come into school during the school day at least once each term to understand how the federation functions and to participate in our monitoring activities.


Training and support will be available to help you develop into the role. This will include in-house mentoring and support as well as access to external governor training.

If you are interested in applying for this very rewarding role, governors would like to meet you to find out more about the skills and experience you could offer us and for us to answer any questions you may have. Mrs Hilary Bax (Chair of governors) and Mr Andy Milchard (Vice-chair) will be available to meet you on Friday 17th November between 2:45 and 3:45 pm in the infant school. If you are not available at that time, please leave a message at either school office and we will contact you to try to arrange an alternative time.

If you feel you can help in this capacity please contact either school office for an application form which will need to be completed and returned to the school by 12.00 noon on Monday 27th November 2017.

The guidelines giving full details about how vacancies are filled can be found on the federation’s website. The Governor section of the website also contains information which will give you a greater understanding of the work of the governing body. This includes: What governors do; governor role profiles and our annual statements. You should also look at the information for prospective governors on the Hampshire County Council website at

You will find video, e-learning and written information on the site and all of these will provide you with further details about the role.

Please note that for the protection of children all governor appointments are subject to identity and other safeguarding checks.

If there are more applications than vacancies, we will hold an election and you will be sent a voting paper in due course. You may return the ballot paper either via your child or by post.

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Smith                                 Mrs H Bax

Executive Headteacher                 Chair of Governors


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