Academy Council Vacancies
Please note: only the parents and guardians of children who attend Barlow Hall are eligible to stand for election to the Academy Council
The Academy Council at Barlow Hall Primary School is responsible for both the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The Academy Council carries out its role by setting the vision for the school and then ensuring that the school works efficiently and effectively towards achieving its vision. It does this by building a thorough knowledge of the school and its community, by both supporting and constructively challenging the school, and by ensuring accountability and compliance. The Academy Council of our school is made up of parents, staff , and members of the community.
A vacancy has arisen for two academy councillors on our Academy Council. The Academy Council is asking for nominations for someone with parental responsibility for a child at the school. If more than two nominations are received, then a ballot will be held.
Before you decide to nominate someone, or indeed stand yourself, you may want to know a bit more about what is involved. Academy Councillors need not be experts in the field of education. What they do need is an interest in the school and in the welfare of our children and the time and willingness to get involved. The skills you have can be very useful to the Academy Council. At the moment the Academy Council is lacking Academy Councillors who have expertise in SEND and human resourses as well as the ability to work as part of a team. If you are someone with the required experience, would you consider applying? Academy Councillors also need what is known as ‘soft skills’ – the ability to be able to build relationships with a range of people, to be able to work as part of a team, to be able to question, and to make connections between different types of information. All academy councillors are expected to be IT literate and to be able to read straightforward budget reports and data on school standards.
Our Academy Council expects academy councillors to:
- attend termly meetings of the full Academy Council
- attend additional meetings which may be required.
- visit the school formally for monitoring purposes at least once a year
- visit the school informally at least once a year
- commit to attend training courses, perform additional research as required and take part in monitoring at least one area within the school
In return, our Academy Council commits to
- provide you with a structured induction
- provide access to quality training via the Governors Learning Partnership.
[Included with this letter is useful information about the role of a Governor and the skills the Academy Council ideally requires]. If you would like to find out more about how you can contribute to governance at our school, please email school with your contact details and I will then arrange a time for a conversation. You might also like to look at the information for prospective academy councillors on the Department for Education website:
Please note that for the protection of children all academy council appointments are subject to a vetting process and identity check.
If, after our discussion you would like to put yourself forward as a candidate, please complete and return the attached documents to me by 5 pm on Monday 2nd November 2020. Your nomination should be accompanied by a short personal statement which should include:
- evidence of the extent to which you possess the skills and experience the Academy Council desires;
- your commitment to undertake training to acquire or develop the skills to be an effective governor;
- if seeking re-election, details of your contribution to the work of the Academy Council during their previous term of office; and
- how you plan to contribute to the future work of the Academy Council.
If it is necessary for there to be an election, the personal statement will form a part of the electoral ballor paper. I will contact you to let you know about the arrangements.
If there are more nominations than vacancies, an election will be held on Monday 9th November and you will be sent a voting paper. You may return the ballot paper either via your child or by post.
Please see the downloads section for the Nomination form and Eligibility Self Declaration Form