SIX PENARTH SCHOOLS ADVERTISE VACANCIES ON THEIR GOVERNING BODIES

St Cyres School is one of the six Penarth Schools in which there are vacancies for LEA-appointed governors

St Cyres School is one of the six Penarth Schools in which there are vacancies for LEA-appointed governors

Vacancies on the boards of governors of six different schools in Penarth are currently being advertised – with a deadline of Thursday September 22nd.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is hoping to attract new governors who will – in effect –  represent the council as the Local Education Authority on each of the governing bodies.

The six schools in Penarth with current vacancies on the governing bodies are :-

  • Albert Primary
  • Cogan Nursery
  • St Cyres Comprehensive
  • Dinas Powys Primary
  • Fairfield Primary
  • Ysgol Pen y Garth (Penarth’s only Welsh medium school)
Although Ysgol Pen-y-Garth Penarth's Welsh Medium School may hold part of its governors' meetings in Welsh - The Vale Council says translation facilities are provided for the benefit of non-Welsh speakers

Although Ysgol Pen-y-Garth –  Penarth’s Welsh Medium School –  may hold part of its governors’ meetings in the Welsh language – the Vale Council says translation facilities are provided for the benefit of non-Welsh speakers

The Vale Council vacancy notice points out that if monoglot English speakers  are appointed to as governors of Penarth’s Welsh-medium school  – Ysgol Pen-y-Garth –   they won’t be at a disadvantage because “meetings of Welsh Medium Schools are not all conducted in Welsh, and that where they are, translation facilities are provided.”

Those who wish to apply for a seat on any of these governing bodies need to fill in an application form issued by the Vale of Glamorgan Council. Each application will then be considered by the council’s Local Authority Governor Appointments Panel.

There is no formal face-to-face interview in the process. The panel says it will  consider each application “on the basis of the contribution applicants can bring to a school in terms of their skills and experience. “

However Vale Council sets out what appears to be a “Catch 22” requirement saying  “Factors for consideration include experience as an effective school governor measured in terms of possession of relevant skills, knowledge and experience including skills that match the challenges of the individual school”.

This requirement appears to suggest that applicants need to have already been governors before they apply . In practice however, the Appointments Panel has selected people with no previous experience as governors – as it did in the most recent round of appointments for Stanwell School’s board of governors when – controversially –  two long-standing governors  were replaced by two new governors who, it was alleged, had little or no previous experience. [ See PDN  http://tinyurl.com/zb3lfat ]

Cogan Nursery School The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s controlling ‘cabinet’ has approved the appointment three “local authority governors” to the governing board of the troubled Cogan Nursery School. The appointments have been made outside the normal process for the appointment of school governors in order to fill the vacancies on the governing body caused by a swathe of resignations and a major upheaval at the school . During the summer recess, the Chair and Vice Chair of the governing body of Cogan Nursery School resigned from office. This reduced the size of the school’s governing body to only 5 members with no parent, staff, local authority or community governors left on the body.

There are again governor vacancies at Cogan Nursery School, Penarth where last year three “local authority governors” were appointed outside the normal process in order to fill vacancies on the governing body caused by a swathe of resignations.

The Vale Council says the applicants for the current vacancies in the six Penarth schools should have “a knowledge of modern education issues”, a commitment to turn-up regularly at governing body meetings and should be prepared to attend “governor training courses to update their skills and knowledge”.

Cllr Chris Franks (Plaid Cymru Dinas Powys)

Cllr Chris Franks (Plaid Cymru Dinas Powys)

Cllr Chris Franks (Plaid Dinas Powys) who is a member of the appointment committee told PDN “Our aim is to attract governors with a wide range of skills. All too often not enough people put themselves forward. The Vale has pressed some of the larger local employers to inform their staff of governor vacancies. I would encourage readers to offer themselves to be governors.”

Anyone interested in applying and receiving an “application pack” can contact Janine Hoare at the Vale of Glamorgan council by email at JHoare@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk or call on 01446 709107. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is Noon on Thursday September 22rd.

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