Parent Governor Elections

December 2019

Dear Parent/Carer,


I am writing to you to invite you to stand for election as a parent local governing body member, or nominate another parent to do so. In our school we have provision for 2 parent local governing committee members and there is currently 1 vacancy.

The board of the Odyssey Education Trust (OTE) with the Chief Executive Officer, has overall responsibility for the running of the school. The board of trustees have three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The local governing body for King Henry school is delegated certain functions by the OTE board, details of which can be made available on request.

Should you have any specific questions about the role then please do email me -

Being a school governor is a voluntary role. No special qualifications are needed to become a governor; the most important thing is to have a keen interest in the school and be prepared to play an active part in the local governing body’s work. Training is available for all local governors and this board of trustees has an expectation that those new to being a local governing committee member, attend free induction training.

The enclosed sheet summarises the circumstances under which someone cannot serve as a local governor. Nominations must be from parents, or individuals exercising parental responsibility, of a child at the academy/one of the academies in the trust.

If you would like to stand for election please request a hard copy of the nomination form and return it to the school no later than Friday 10th January 2020. Forms will also be available at School Reception .You may also include a short personal statement to support your nomination, which should be no longer than 250 words. Self-nominations will be accepted but if you are nominating another parent, please seek their prior consent.

If there are more nominations than vacancies the election will be by secret ballot. If that is necessary, voting papers will be sent to all parents together with details of the ballot procedure.

Yours faithfully,

Adrian Pembroke Tallett

Clerk to the Trust and Returning Officer.

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Voting form, qualifications and disqualifications to serve as an academy trustee information listed below:

Election of parent local governing body member voting form.

Completed nomination forms must be returned to the Returning Officer c/o L Tierney (PA to Head Teacher) by Friday 10th January 2020

Election of parent local governing body member voting form.

Qualifications and disqualifications to serve as an academy trustee

A person must be aged 18 or over at the date of their election or appointment. No current pupil of the academy/one of the academies in the trust shall be a trustee.

A person shall be disqualified from holding office or continuing to hold office as trustee/local governing body member if:

  • s/he becomes incapable by reason of illness or injury of managing or administering his own affairs;
  • s/he is absent without the permission of the trustees from all their meetings held within a period of six months, and the trustees resolve that his office be vacated;
  • s/he has been declared bankrupt and/or his estate has been seized from his possession for the benefit of his creditors and the declaration or seizure has not been discharged, annulled or reduced; or
  • s/he is the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or an interim order;
  • s/he is subject to a disqualification order or a disqualification undertaking under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986; or
  • s/he is subject to an order made under section 429(2)(b) of the Insolvency Act 1986 (failure to pay under county court administration order);
  • s/he ceases to be a trustee by virtue of any provision in the Companies Act 2006;
  • s/he is disqualified from acting as a trustee by virtue of section 178 of the Charities Act 2011 (or any statutory re-enactment or modification of that provision); or
  • s/he is otherwise found to be unsuitable by the Secretary of State;
  • s/he has been removed from the office of charity trustee or trustee for a charity by an order made by the Charity Commission or the High Court on the grounds of any misconduct or mismanagement in the administration of the charity for which he was responsible; or to which he was privy; or which he, by his conduct, contributed to or facilitated;
  • s/he has, at any time, been convicted of any criminal offence, excluding any that have been spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 as amended, and excluding any offence for which the maximum sentence is a fine or a lesser sentence except where a person has been convicted of any offence which falls under section 178 of the Charities Act 2011.

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