Rivington Avenue, Platt Bridge, Wigan, Lancashire WN2 5NG

01942 487999


Platt Bridge Community School

School Values: Promotes Belief Creates Success

Parent Governor Vacancy - 14th June 2023

As a parent or carer, you naturally take a keen interest in your child’s education. Now here’s your chance to have a say in key decisions at our school and to make a real contribution to the local community... by becoming a Parent Governor.

As we currently have a vacancy for one parent governor and are seeking nominations for an enthusiastic and committed parent or carer to join the school's Local Academy Governing Board. Due to the successful term end of the current post holder. 

Start Date: September 2023
Closing Date: Friday30th June 2023
Salary: n/a
Contract Type: n/a

Our school's Local Academy Board is supported by a Board of Trustees and are collectively responsible for decisions. The emphasis at Local Academy Board is very much on collaboration with other Governors and the Head of School in reviewing schools curriculum and work. The amount of time devoted to governance varies, but an average might be one to two Governing Body meetings per term, plus school visits into school as appropriate. 

The core functions of the governing board are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding senior leaders to account for the educational performance of the
  • organisation, its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its  money is well spent.

Our governors report that they derive a range of personal benefits from the work indeed, many find the role enormously rewarding and stay with the same school for years. Governors also report immense satisfaction that, in giving up a few hours a term, they can help make a real difference to children’s lives.

The term of office for all governors is four years. Governors currently meet as a board at least three times a year and meetings usually start at 17:00 and are finished around 19:00. All meetings are held at the school. 

If you are interested in becoming a governor, self-nomination is acceptable – see attached form, which will need to be submitted to the school office by 12.00 noon on Friday 30th June 2023

If there are more nominations than vacancies, an election will be held w/c 3rd July 2023and all parents will be sent a voting paper.

Yours sincerely,


Ruth Rule Mullen

Chair of trustees 

14th June 2023

Parent Governor VACANCY

Dear Parents and Carers

As the term of our current parent governor is coming to its end we have a vacancy for a parent governor to join our existing supportive team at Platt Bridge Community School. 

The Local Academy Board has a strategic advisory role in the management of our school.  Responsibilities include:

- Ensuring the long term strategic goals and the vision for the school are being met

- Ensuring high standards of achievement for every child

- Ensuring school finances are spent in the right places

- Recruiting staff

If all this sounds rather daunting, remember that school Governors are drawn from all walks of life and no specialist knowledge is required. A full induction, training and support will be offered and we welcome nomination from all backgrounds. 

Parent governors are welcomed as valued members of the team and play a vital role in ensuring the Local Governing Body has parental insight into decision making.  We are particularly interested in nominations from parents with experience of working or managing finances, commitment to learning, knowledge of safeguarding procedures, time to undertake Governor Visits to school.

When nominating yourself or someone else for the role of parent governor, you are nominating the person you believe has the skills and commitment to undertake the role. You are also nominating someone you trust to represent the views of parents when working with other governors and the headteacher, to promote high standards and strategically develop the school. The parent governor’s role is not to represent individual parents’ views or to report back directly to parents.

Training is available for all newly appointed Governors, and there is an expectation that you will attend these induction sessions within the first year of your appointment.

If you think you have the time, skills and expertise to join our Local Governing Body, please complete the nomination form attached and return to school by 12 noon on 30th June 2023

You can also email your nomination to info@cfat.org.uk, please put ‘Parent Governor Nomination’ in the subject. 

Nominations received after this date will not be accepted.  Please provide a statement about why you would like to become a governor in no more than 100 words.

If there are more nominations than vacancies, an election will be held.  All parents will be sent a voting paper with your name and statement and be asked to vote.

If you have any questions or would like an informal conversation about the role of a governor, please contact the School Office who will put you through to the Head of School  (01942 487999)

Yours sincerely,


Ruth Rule-Mullen

Chair of Trustees 

Parent Governor Nomination Form

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Local Academy Board governor at our school.

Name:                                 _________________________________

Name(s) child/children:     _________________________________

Class / Year Group(s):        _________________________________

I would like to stand for nomination as a parent governor.

Signed:                               _________________________________

Date:                                  _________________________________

Statement (maximum 100 words):

to include 

Why do you want to become a school governor? 

Briefly note any relevant experience you may have (eg from local community involvement, professional experience, leisure activities voluntary work, life experience, family life etc).











What knowledge/skills from the following list can you bring to the role (please tick any which applies)


Knowledge of the local community



Strategic management

Financial management

Data analysis

Problem solving

Performance management

Good communication skills

Human resources

Community relations

Staff recruitment


Chairing meetings

Quality assurance


Special Educational Needs


Information communication technology

Health and safety



Please return this form no later than 12 noon on 9th Sept 2022

Declaration of Confirmation

By completing this form, I confirm that I have read the Qualifications and Disqualifications criteria and I am not disqualified from serving as a school governor.  I have also read the Trust’s eligibility criteria and code of conduct and understand that if I fail to uphold the criteria and code of conduct for appointment, the Trust may reconsider my re-nomination.

I agree that the information given on this form can be recorded by the Trust and shared with relevant individuals in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations.

In submitting your form you should be prepared to commit to the following:

  • Be willing and able to undertake school visits during the day on occasions and at least once per year
  • Attendance at the Trusts New Governor Training courses
  • Undertake additional training as deemed necessary
  • Be prepared to work with other Governors and Trustees to increase knowledge and
    understanding of the role of the Governing Board in securing school improvement
  • Undertake an Enhanced Criminal Record Bureau Check