Parent Trustee (Governance)
From time to time the board advertises for a parent trustee (governor) on our Board of Trustees. Nominations are invited, either by a parent nominating themselves or by someone else who has parental responsibility for a student currently registered at the school. If more nominations are received than we have vacancies, a ballot will be held.
What does a trustee do?
The Board of Trustees are responsible for both the conduct of the school and for promoting the unapologetically high standards that we expect for, and from our students. The Board carries out its role by setting the vision for the school and then ensuring that the school works efficiently and effectively towards achieving its vision. It does this by building a thorough knowledge of the school and its community, by both supporting and constructively challenging the school, and by ensuring accountability and compliance.
Who are the trustees?
Currently the Board at Beacon has 14 trustees; made up of Ms Robinson as Headteacher, two parent trustees, two staff trustees and several co-opted trustees who are appointed based on the skills and experience they can bring. To find out more about who Beacon’s trustees are, please click here.
Why become a parent trustee?
Being a trustee is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to young people, give something back to the local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment. Parents are an important source of support for every school and schools are more effective if there is regular and positive dialogue with parents. You will also be joining the largest volunteer force in the country: currently there are over a quarter of a million volunteers governing state funded schools in England.
What qualifications do I need to have?
There are no formal qualifications needed, however, the one essential requirement is an interest in, and commitment to, the education of our students. Trustees need not be experts in the field of education but will need the necessary skills, character and time to contribute.
Skills that would be advantageous to have are: the ability to build relationships with a range of people, to be able to work as part of a team, to be able to question, be discreet, open minded & fair and to make connections between different types of information.
Schools benefit from a range of professional knowledge on their Board including education, finance, human resources, legal, marketing & public relations, property & estates management, and organisational change. We would also be particularly interested in candidates with an experience in or background of fundraising.
How much time will I have to commit?
A trustee serves for a term of four years. In each academic year the Board of Trustees meets six times, with the meetings starting at 2pm and usually lasting for three hours. Additionally there are committee meetings or panels that you may be required to attend. There is also a commitment to complete regular training and CPD, particularly in the area of safeguarding and child protection. The Board will provide you with a structured induction and a trustee mentor who will be able to support and guide you through the first few months.
Trustees must be prepared to adopt the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. The role of a trustee is voluntary and therefore is not paid.
If you would like to find out more about the role of parent trustee please feel free to email Mrs Adams our Clerk to the Board of Trustees.
Please find below information about the Parent Trustee nomination and election procedure and a nomination form to download and complete to register your interest for any future parent trustee vacancies.