Parent Governor Eligibility

  1. The Instrument of Government for each school specifies the constitution of the Governing Body including the number of parent governors.  Powys LA has delegated to Headteachers of Community, Community Special and Voluntary Controlled Schools the conduct of parent governor elections according to the following procedures which are also commended to Voluntary Aided and Foundation Schools.
  2. An elected parent governor is defined as a person who is elected as a member of the governing body of a school by parents of registered pupils at the school and who is himself/herself such a parent at the time he/she is elected”.  Parent governors shall hold office for a term of four years, subject to resignation or disqualification.  A parent governor may serve out their term of office if their child leaves the school during the period of their term of office.  In some circumstance a child may have more than two ‘parents’ or people with parental responsibility and they all have the right to stand as governors, or to vote, examples are long-term foster parents, legal guardians and people with residence orders.  The school’s admissions register will include a list of parents of pupils at the school.  A parent only has one vote, no matter how many children he or she has at the school.  In the event of a vote being cast by someone who does not fall within the definition of a parent, the election shall not be invalidated.
  3. The person elected will be required to complete a Powys County Council Enhanced level Criminal Record Bureau check and can only attend meetings once a satisfactory check is in place.  If they already have a PCC Enhanced level CRB check which is in date then this will be sufficient as only one PCC CRB check is required at the correct level for all posts held.
  4. Every parent of a registered pupil is eligible to stand for election unless disqualified by the provision of The Government of Maintained Schools (Wales) Regulations 2005.