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Northmead Junior School

Northmead Junior School

Parent Governor Opportunity

Dear parent(s)/carer(s),

I am writing to inform you of vacancies for the role of parent governor on our Local Governing Body.

The role of the Local Governing Body (LGB)

Northmead Junior School is a member of the Athena Schools Trust (AST). Although the AST Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for the educational and financial performance of schools within the Trust, it relies on individual school LGBs to achieve this.

The school’s LGB is responsible for creating robust accountability within the school and providing confident and strategic leadership. The LGB should ensure that the overarching vision and aims of the AST are pursued, in a manner that is appropriate for Northmead and meets the needs of the children within the school. In addition to their monitoring role, the LGBs will offer strategic advice to the AST Board of Trustees about the priorities and vision for the individual school as well as those for the Trust in general.

Both the AST Board of Trustees and the Northmead LGB are passionate about education and committed to continuous school improvement to ensure the best possible outcomes for our pupils.

The role of a parent governor

As a parent governor, you’ll work with the LGB to ensure it carries out the duties referred to above, effectively. You’ll also play a vital role in ensuring that the board is connected with, and is aware of, the views of parents and the local community.

To be a parent governor you should have:

  • A strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for children
  • Good inter-personal skills, curiosity, and a willingness to learn and develop new skills
  • The specific skills required to ensure the LGB delivers effective governance

The LGB is keen for candidates to have skills, experience or a particular interest in (but not limited to) the following:

Marketing, Strategic Vision, IT, HR, Special Educational Needs.

But most of all we would value your input as a parent and a member of our local community.

Expectations of governors

Governors are expected to attend scheduled meetings of the LGB, maintain confidentiality and be committed to any training that might be required.

They should also take on specific roles within the LGB and in that role regularly visit the school (virtually at the moment) or work on small projects between meetings. Overall they should be committed to use their skills, time and experiences to improve the outcomes and experiences for all the children at the school.

How to apply

If you’re interested in applying for the role, please complete the candidate form attached to the letter and return to Chair of Northmead LGB at Northmead Junior School by 29 June via If we receive more applications than there are vacancies, a secret ballot will be carried out. We will inform you closer to the time if we have to do this.

If you have any queries about this process or would like to find out more about the role, please contact Konstanze Hild (Chair of Governors) at

Yours sincerely,

Konstanze Hild

Chair of Governors