Parent Governor Vacancy

 

All parents were contacted on 22 February and invited to nominate themselves for the Parent Governor vacancies on our Bexton Governing Board. The 22 February letter is available to view at the end of this page.
 

The closing date for nominations has now passed. We are delighted that three parents have nominated themselves for the two vacancies. The next step in the election process is to hold a ballot.

 

Parent Governor Election 15 March - 29 March 2021

The parent governor is elected by parents of the school- don't miss your chance to vote!

All parents of Bexton children are eligible to vote for their preferred candidates. 

 

In order to vote, parents should:

  • Please read the three candidates’ statements below and decide who to vote for. You may vote once for each vacancy i.e. you may vote for up to two candidates (for the two vacancies).
  • Look out for an email from the school on 15 March which will contain your link to vote.
  • Each parent will be entitled to vote once (regardless of how many children they have at the school.)
  • Parents will be able to vote from 9am on 15 March to 3pm on 29 March.

 

NB. The voting will take place virtually due to Covid. If you are unable to vote virtually, please contact the school office so that a paper vote can be posted to you.

 

The Bexton Parent Governor Candidates 2021

The three candidates are Kristina Gol, David Heffernan and Sarah Stafford. Please read their statements below and vote for two of the candidates. Your voting link will be sent to you by email on 15 March.

 

Kristina Gol

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A bit about me .....

I am a mum to Henry, who is in Year 1, and Alice, who arrived in March 2020. I have lived in Knutsford for 10 years. I qualified as a Solicitor in 2003 and dedicated most of my career to representing NHS organisations. I advised NHS bodies on a variety of healthcare matters, including; inquests, safeguarding, risk management, consent and confidentiality. As part of my role I delivered training for healthcare staff on a variety of issues including; Serious Untoward Incident Reporting, risk assessments, record keeping and data protection. I also provided training for various Trust Boards and regularly attended Trust Board meetings. I am currently employed as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Law.

Why I would welcome the opportunity to be elected as a parent governor at Bexton.....

“Bexton is the best ever mummy, I’m never going anywhere else...”! I was intrigued and wanted to find out more. Having found out more over the last year, I would love to play a part in continuing to help Bexton build on its success. I want to help a fantastic bunch of children thrive and achieve the best that they can. Having a teacher Dad instilled in me an understanding of the important role school can play in shaping the future of our children. I am a huge fan of Bexton’s ethos in providing outstanding and ambitious education for its pupils and since Henry started at Bexton, I have felt proud to be a part of the Bexton community. From my background as a Solicitor, I can bring lots of experience to the role in risk assessment, policy drafting, data protection, safeguarding, people management and health and safety. I am happy to attend any training in order to develop my skills as a governor.

As a parent governor I would offer commitment, enthusiasm and dedication to making a difference.

 

David Heffernan

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“It is easier to build up a child than it is to repair a broken adult”.

My son Jack attends Bexton. I have been a Knutsford resident for 14 years and have been heavily invested in our youth during that time.

I was an Independent Councillor on Knutsford Town Council, successfully campaigning (and securing) two new parks in Longridge and Shaw Heath. I also was instrumental in securing safer parking outside of Bexton.

I run my own mental health consultancy, am a professional keynote speaker and company trainer, have Level 3 Master Practitioner in Mindfulness and deliver my own Mental Health and Wellbeing programs to schools and corporates. I am also a published Author/Wellbeing Columnist for a global magazine.

50% of Mental Health problems are established age 14. With the lockdown and restrictions seeing remote learning become more regular than we had liked to have seen, the impact on the child’s mental health and wellbeing will be significant. You only have to look at the 2020 Teacher Wellbeing index to see how Mental health issues is a huge issue amongst teachers – with close to 1 in 2 educational professionals reporting that they experienced what they believed to be Anxiety with 47% being formally diagnosed and 1 in 3 stating they believed to have experienced signs of depression with 53% being formally diagnosed.

I want to use my experience and skills to support the excellent work done by Year Heads and SENCO Staff during these very difficult and volatile times.

 

Sarah Stafford

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Hello, I’m Sarah. Mum to Imogen (Year 1) and Thomas (age 2).

For my day job I am a freelance publisher, specialising in the UK education sector. I bring knowledge of the latest education policy and insight into primary and secondary schools across the country. I understand how schools run, the challenges they face and the many brilliant ways that they educate and inspire young people. I have expertise in strategy development and delivery, market research, publishing processes, marketing and a strong business acumen.

I am a committed, conscientious individual. I am skilled in managing complex stakeholder relationships. I am empathetic and creative with a passion for education. As a governor I would use these skills and values to be a critical friend.

I was a community governor for four years at St Mary’s Infant School in Witney, Oxfordshire. I was Chair of the Curriculum and Parents Committee and link governor for Pupil Premium and Admissions. I was heavily involved in the conversion to an Academy in Dec 2015 and the decision to join a local MAT. I was a member of the Headteacher Recruitment Panel and on the Headteacher Appraisal Committee.

I would relish the opportunity to join the dedicated and forward-thinking governing body at Bexton. I can help to develop and take forward the school’s strategic vision and build on the engagement with the wider school community. I would work together with Bexton governors, teachers, parents and the community to go beyond the expected and fulfil the vision for every child to achieve their very best in an inclusive, happy and positive environment.

 

 

 

Please read on for information on the role of Parent Governor:

Bexton governing board is looking for parents who can commit to:

  • A four year term of office as a Bexton governor on the Local Governing Board:
  • Approximately three x 2.5 hour meetings per term at Bexton/ remotely via Teams in the evenings from 6pm-8.30pm (i.e. nine per year):
  • 1.5 hours per week work at home to complete online training, and read emails and papers;
  • Approximately two daytime visits to school each term in the governor role (currently fulfilled remotely via Teams due to Covid):
  • Additional time each term to attend face to face training (once Covid safe to do so)

 

The role of the governing board

The school’s governing board is responsible for providing confident and strategic leadership, and creating robust accountability, oversight and assurance for the school’s educational and financial performance. The board is passionate about education and committed to continuous school improvement to ensure the best possible outcomes for our pupils. 

 

The role of a parent governor

As a parent governor, you’ll work with the board to ensure it effectively carries out the duties referred to above. You’ll also play a vital role in ensuring that the board is connected with, and is aware of the views of, parents and the local community. 

 

To be a parent governor you should have:

  • A strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for children
  • Excellent inter-personal skills, curiosity, and a willingness to learn and develop new skills
  • The specific skills required to ensure the governing board delivers effective governance
  • A commitment to following the code of conduct for governors (including confidentiality) 

 

The governing board is keen for candidates to have skills in the following:

  • Previous experience of being a governor/ trustee in another school or being a board member in another sector 
  • Experience of chairing a governing board or committee 
  • Awareness of national education policy (e.g. school funding, curriculum, teaching and learning) 
  • Financial Efficiency in schools 
  • Experience of preparing for and responding to inspection and oversight 
  • Architecture
  • Accountancy

 

All parents of children at Bexton (Nursery to Year 6) at the time of the parent election are eligible to stand for parent governor, and would remain in the role of parent governor for their four year term of office.

 

Parent Election Results

The voting ended on Monday 29 March. Thank you to all our parent governor candidates. Sarah Stafford and Kristina Gol begin their four year term of office as parent governors on 30 March (30.3.21- 29.3.25.) We are delighted to welcome them to the governing board. 

 

 

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