Parent Governor

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The Role of Parent Governor

The Governing Body of The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School has three vacancies for Parent Governors whose child/children is/are registered pupil(s) at the school and is willing to offer the following:

  1. an understanding and promotion of the Catholic School’s Aims and Identity
  2. time to prepare for and attend governors meetings and other school events
  3. a concern for the whole school and its role in the parish and local community
  4. willingness to learn about developments in education from the Headteacher and staff and by attending Diocesan and LA training for governors
  5. an understanding of the governing body’s relationship with the Headteacher
  6. willingness to be a good team member working harmoniously with fellow governors and school staff
  7. an ability to maintain confidentiality in many areas of governors’ work

Parent Governors are elected for a four-year term and any expertise they can bring to our governing body will be appreciated. The Governing Body and the Diocese of Westminster are keen to recruit from all ethnic backgrounds represented in the school community.

If you are interested, it may be helpful for you to know what is involved.  The commitment to the role would involve you in attending meetings and undertaking training. The full Governing Body meets once a term, as do the sub-committees for: Human Resources, Premises, Curriculum, Catholic Life, Finance. Governors are asked to serve on a minimum of two sub- committees. All the meetings take place on a weekday evening. Training is freely available through the Local Authority and the Diocese of Westminster and, on occasions, whole governor training takes place on site.

I would like to advise you that the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2007 state that in certain circumstances a person may not hold office as a governor of a school. Please find enclosed the Qualifications and Disqualification Criteria.

Disclosure and Barring Information

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) merged with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) in December 2012 to form the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The ‘CRB’ certificate has now been replaced by a ‘DBS’ certificate.

School governors do not need to be routinely DBS checked but all new governors will be required to complete a Declaration Form and be subject to a Children's Barred List (previously List 99) check. The List is maintained by the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Independent Safeguarding Authority) of individuals who are barred from working with children. It is a sensitive and confidential document and access to it is strictly limited to the individuals responsible for checking the suitability of applicants, including volunteers, working in a school environment.  

Governors can take up their duties from the date of their appointment whilst awaiting the completion of the Children’s Barred List check, which should only take a few days. However, governors should refrain from school visits involving children whilst awaiting confirmation of appointment.

Further Information:

If you require any further information, you may contact the Clerk to the Governors on 0208 575 8222 from 10am to 12.30pm only.