At St Mary’s, we find out who we are. We discover our talents and we learn and succeed. We have courage: we are brave. Together we are a family.

Our governing body is responsible for both the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. At St Mary’s the governing body sets the vision for the school and then ensures the school works efficiently and effectively towards achieving its vision. It does this by building a thorough knowledge of our school and our community, by both supporting and constructively challenging the school, and by ensuring accountability and compliance.

A vacancy has arisen for a parent governor on our governing body. We are asking someone with parental responsibility for a child at the school to nominate themselves. If we receive more than one application/nomination, then a ballot will be held.
Governors 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. Governors need 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 governors are expected to be able to read straightforward budget reports and data on school standards.

Our governing body expects governors to

• attend up to six meetings of the full governing body per year
• sit on one of our committees and attend the meetings which are usually once a term
• visit the school formally for monitoring purposes
• attend training courses, perform additional research as required and take part in monitoring areas within the school
In return, our governing body commits to
• provide you with a structured induction
• provide access to quality training via Haringey Governor Services
• provide you with an experienced governor as mentor

If you would like to nominate yourself as a Parent Governor:
1. Read the Qualifications and Disqualifications guidance at the end of this document to check that you can become a School Governor
2. Complete the attached Nomination Form (must be signed by a Proposer)
3. Write a short statement about the skills and experience you could bring to the governing body yourself (max 250 words)
4. Take a head shot photograph of yourself
5. Send all items to Sophie Plimley, Clerk to the Governors, c/o the School Office, or email them to
If you would like to find out more about the role, please contact Sophie Plimley on the email address above.
The closing date for nominations is: 9.15am Monday 26th September, 2016.