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Parent Governor Information


The Matravers School Governing Board is made up of 14 Governors from various sections of the community. Two of these are Parent Governors – parents or carers of students currently registered at the school. As students move on, we are often looking for new Parent Governors, and any current vacancies will be shown under the 'Governor Vacancies' section of this site.

We are very keen to encourage parents (or people with parental responsibility) of registered students to nominate themselves to fill the vacancies. Details of what you would need to do to be nominated are attached.

Parent governors are elected by and from other parents and are vital to our governing body. They share equally with other governors the responsibility for carrying out the governing body's wide range of responsibilities. Governors do not run the school day to day, as their role is at the strategic or policy-making level in the school. You do not have to be an expert on education to be a school governor, your role would be as a typical parent bringing a parent's perspective to the running of the governing board and the school. We value the experience that all governors bring to the role.

If you join our Governing Board, you will serve for a four year term and you can continue to the end of the term of office even if your child/children leave the school.  Being a governor does take up time. The Board of Governors meets six times a year, and in addition, governors usually serve on one or more committees, each also meeting six times a year. Meetings are generally held on Tuesday evenings. You would need to be able to set aside time to be an effective governor: to prepare for and attend meetings, to carry out occasional visits during the school day, and to undertake training. Appointments are made on four year terms, although governors may of course resign at any time during their term.

If you would like to find out more about what being a governor at this school is like, please leave a message with your contact details for Jessica Yeatman, the clerk to the governors, and she will arrange for a governor to call you for a chat. Messages may be left at reception or emailed to

If you would like to take the opportunity to put yourself forward as a candidate, please complete and return the nomination form below, including your personal statement, to the clerk by the deadline indicated on the vacancies page. If it is necessary to hold an election, we will contact you first to let you know about the arrangements.

Even if there are no current vacancies, we are always happy to talk to parents who might be interested in joining the Governing Board in the future.


Guy Davies

Chair of Governing Body

Matravers School


Who can be a parent governor?

All those who have parental responsibility and are over the age of 18 are eligible to stand for election, including parents who work at the school provided that they work for less than 500 hours per year when they are elected. 

'Parent' is defined as including 'any individual who has or has had parental responsibility for, or cares or has cared for, a child or young person under the age of 18'. It includes a person who the child lives with and who looks after the child, irrespective of what their relationship is with the child. This must be someone involved in the full-time care of the child on a settled basis.

There are some circumstances that disqualify an individual from serving as a school governor, please read the list of disqualifications (second page of the nomination form)

How to nominate yourself

If you would like to put your name forward, please complete the nomination form and write a brief personal statement (50 words maximum) to support your nomination. 

If the number of nominations is the same as or less than the number of vacancies, all candidates will be elected unopposed. 

If there are more nominations than vacancies, an election will take place.  The statements of all candidates will be typed in a standard format and circulated to all parents with ballot papers.

Parent Governor Application form - Word

Parent Governor Applicatin form - PDF