Pasture Road, Embsay, BD23 6RH
Pasture Road,
North Yorkshire
BD23 6RH

Dear Parent


I am writing to let you know that there is a parent governor vacancy, and we are now asking for nominations.

The governing board, with the head teacher, has overall responsibility for the running of the school.  The three core functions for all boards are;

  • to ensure that the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • to hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • to oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

You do not need any specific qualifications to be a governor. The most important thing is that you interested in the success of the school and are prepared to play an active part in the work of the governing board.   Parent governors are valued members of the team. An effective board will have a range of skills, and we would welcome nominations from parents with knowledge and experience of a robust business and finance understanding or a health and safety background.

There are some circumstances under which someone cannot serve as a governor and these are detailed on the further information sheet attached to this letter.

Training and support will be available to help you develop into the role. This will include in-house mentoring and support as well as access to external governor training.

If you feel you can help in this capacity please contact the School Office for a nomination form which will need to be completed and returned to the school by Thursday 30th November.

You should be aware that successful candidates will be required to:

  • undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • sign a governors’ Code of Conduct
  • provide details of relevant business and financial interests
  • agree to the publication of some details on the school website and on the Get Information about schools service.

If there are more applications than vacancies, an election will need to be held. Should this be the case, you will contacted again with details of how you can vote and information about the candidates standing for election.

Further information about governors and the work they do can be found at

If you would like to know more about the role of a governor at our school please contact Mr Tim Whitehead Interim Executive Headteacher, who would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Yours sincerely

Head teacher