Parent Governor Vacancies

Dear Parent/Carer


We have a vacancy for one parent governor, which we need to fill as soon as possible.
Highbury Quadrant has always aimed for a partnership with parents, which undoubtedly brings great benefits to the children. One of the most significant ways you can help in promoting this aim is to volunteer to be a parent governor. The governing body’s main tasks are to ensure that pupils receive high quality education, to plan for future development and improvement, and to support the school. Whilst specialist knowledge or relevant experience is useful, common sense and willingness to give time are key requisites. We have a fact sheet about becoming a governor we can send you, if you would like further information. This information is also available on the school website.

Parent governors are welcomed as valued members of the team and play a vital role in ensuring the governing body is aware of the views of parents and the local community. We feel sure that there are parents prepared to take on this important role and give their time and commitment to helping us to continue to improve the school’s performance. We very much hope that parents from all of the many communities in the school would be interested in standing.

Anyone who has parental responsibility for a pupil on the school roll at the time of the election can stand for election*; may nominate someone for election; and may vote in the election. Roughly speaking, parental responsibility means someone with whom the child is living, but if you are not sure about this, please contact the school office who will be able to explain in more detail.

The school office should receive all nominations by 3pm on 22nd November 2016. You do not need a seconder, and you can nominate yourself. Every nomination, however, must be signed by the candidate stating that s/he is willing to stand. Candidates are also asked to write a few words (50-100) about themselves and why they wish to become a governor. Candidates are not able to withdraw from the election once ballot papers have been circulated.

Ballot papers and election statements will then be sent home by ‘pupil post’ 25th on November 2106.

The closing date for the return of ballot papers is 12 noon on 13th December 2016. They will be counted at 8am on 14th December, and all candidates are invited to attend. The ballot is secret; you may send or post the ballot paper back in a sealed envelope addressed to the returning officer, or drop it into the secure ballot box in the school office by 12 noon on 13th December 2016.

The returning officer for this election is Jennie Haughton.

If you would like to know a little more about becoming a parent governor, you are welcome to speak to myself or Shaira Rahman who is at present a parent governor.

Yours sincerely

Ms T A Higgins

* Parents who work at the school for 500 hours per year or are elected members of Islington Council, are not eligible to be parent governors, but are eligible to vote in parent governor elections.


Timetable for Parent Governor Elections
Highbury Quadrant School November 2016


Day 1
8th November 2016 Nomination forms and explanatory letter detailing election timetable and process to be sent out.

Day 10
3pm 22nd November 2016
Closing date for return of nominations to school.

Day 13
25th November 2016 Ballot papers and election statements to be sent to all parents.

Day 25, by 12 noon
13th December 2016 Date for return of ballot papers.

By Day 26, 4.00pm
14th December 2016 Counting of ballot papers as soon as possible after voting closed.
(Candidates and independent scrutineer invited to attend.)
All candidates informed of the outcome that same day.

By Day 30
18th December 2016
Notification to clerk of governors of election results,
together with signed declarations of eligibility.