There is one vacancy for a Parent Governor to serve on the Governing Board of The Macclesfield Academy.
The other members of the Governing Board represent the sponsor (Macclesfield College), the Academy staff, parents, and the Local Authority. The powers and responsibilities of Governors have changed in recent times. Governors should act in a strategic role, as a ‘critical friend’ to the school and be accountable for their responsibilities. The three core functions of a Governing Board are:
- ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
Parent Governors provide invaluable insight and can play a vital part in helping the school to succeed in meeting the needs of the children and community it serves. Training can be arranged to develop the necessary expertise, knowledge and/or skills needed to fulfil the role effectively.
Governors are not expected to be instant experts. Successful candidates will be provided with relevant information, by the Local Authority and the school, once they are elected, and it is expected that they will take part in training events to help them learn about their role. The Clerk or Local Authority offers advice and support to Governors on all aspects of their role.
It is very important that parents stand for election to the Governing Board so that the views of parents are represented on it. Parent Governors are representative parents to provide a parental viewpoint, but are not representatives of parents. The role is strategic and is not operational and therefore Parent Governors should not involve any personal matters in their role as governor but instead act for the Academy as a whole.
Further information regarding the appointment of a Parent Governor can be found by clicking on the links below.
Notice of Election
I would also draw your attention to the Code of Conduct form which provides an idea of what responsibilities and commitment the role entails.
If you are interested in becoming a Parent Governor, please contact Alistair Sutcliffe, Chair of the Board of Governors, by contacting the school or the Clerk, Diana Malkin, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, decisions taken by the Governing Board will affect your child’s future education. To make sure you have a voice in that decision making, please make every effort to take part in these elections.
If you want further advice, please feel free to contact me on email@example.com.