Types of Governor
Park Mead School is a Foundation Primary School and includes the following types of Governors. Each governor is appointed for a period of four years but may subsequently be eligible for re-appointment or re-election. All governors, with the exception of the head teacher, are volunteers.
Parent Governors (3)
Parents, including carers, of pupils at the school are eligible to stand for election as governors. Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. If insufficient parents stand for election, the governing body may appoint parents.
Staff Governors (1)
The head teacher is a staff governor by virtue of their office. Other staff, both teaching and support, may become governors so long as they are paid (volunteers do not qualify). Staff governors are elected by the school staff. Any election which is contested must be held by ballot.
Local Authority Governors (1)
Local authorities are encouraged to appoint high calibre governors to schools that need most support and to appoint candidates irrespective of any political affiliation or preferences. Authorities may appoint minor authority representatives, e.g. district and parish councillors, as local authority governors.
Co-opted Governors (6)
Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body to represent community interests. They can be individuals who either live or work in the community served by the school or are committed to the good governance and success of the school even though they do not work or live close to it. The definition of co-opted governor is wide. People from a business or professional background and minor authority representatives can be appointed as co-opted governors.
Partnership Governors (3)
Park Mead Primary School does not have a foundation or equivalent body, therefore instead of foundation governors the school has partnership governors appointed by the governing body after a nomination process.