Parent Governor Vacancy
Selly Park Girls’ School currently has one Parent Governor Vacancy. You are invited to stand for election, or nominate another parent to do so. Nominations can only be accepted from parents or carers who have children registered at the school on the day that nominations close.
The Governing Board, with the headteacher, has overall responsibility for the running of the school. The role of a school governor is to contribute to the work of the Governing Board (GB) in ensuring high standards of achievement for all children and young people in the school by:
• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
• Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school, its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
• Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The role of governor can be demanding but very rewarding. Parent governors serve a four year term of office and under usual circumstances, can expect to spend between 10 and 20 days a year on governance duties. These include:
• Attending meetings of the GB, usually outside of school hours and contributing to GB business;
• Reading reports and papers and keeping up to date on the progress that the school is making.
• Visiting the school from time to time during the school day.
You will be expected to, undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, sign a governors’ Code of Conduct and have:
• A strong commitment to the role and improving outcomes for children.
• The inquisitiveness to question and analyse.
• The willingness to learn.
• Good inter-personal skills.
• Appropriate levels of literacy in English;
• Sufficient numeracy skills to understand basic data.
In addition to be above, we would particularly welcome nominations from parents with the following skills; able to question and challenge, working as part of a team to identify viable options through collective decision making, able to work in a professional manner, avoiding conflicts, acting with transparency and integrity, have experience of promoting community cohesion, have experience of agreeing the range and format of information and data needed in order to hold leaders to account, have experience of procurement/purchasing, have experience of property and estate-management, have experience of inspection and oversight in the school sector. Training is available for all governors and the GB has an expectation that those new to school governance attend the free induction training.
The attached sheet summarises the circumstances under which someone cannot serve as a governor. In addition, parents/carers who have paid employment in the school for 500 or more hours in any consecutive 12 month period or who are elected members of the Local Authority are not eligible to stand in these elections.
If you would like to stand for election please complete the attached nomination form and return it to the school no later than Friday 30th November 2018.
Governor Declaration of Interests
I have been a governor at Selly Park for
over 14 years and have chaired the Governing Body for the last five, having
previously been a governor in Buckinghamshire. A retired hotelier and
businessman, I bring my financial and business experience to the Board. Over
the years, I have supported the Head teacher and Senior Leadership team
in their running of the school, and helped to shape its future in the
ever-changing world of education. I aim to support all staff and students
and foster a safe, secure and friendly atmosphere in which the best possible
educational outcomes can be achieved.
Chair of Governors
I moved to Birmingham in 2003 to Study Sport & Exercise Science at the University of Birmingham, I’ve worked for NatWest since 2006 with roles in retail, corporate projects, support services and is currently the Strategic Lead for Diversity in Business, which involves working with Universities and external Business Support organisation who provide business support to Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) Entrepreneurs across the UK, I’m also a director and trustee of Relate Birmingham, who are a charity that provide counselling services to individuals and families across Greater Birmingham and Solihull. I joined Selly Park’s governing body in November 2012 as a Local Authority (LEA) governor, and was co-opted onto the board in October 2014 when the governing body re-constituted. I was a member of the finance committee from 2012-2017, and Chair of the Health, Safety & Safeguarding committee from 2016-2017, I’m currently the link governor for learning and works closely with Ciaran Clinton (Deputy Head Teacher) to ensure the governing body has an accountable individual who fully understands our Pupil Premium spend & student progress.
widely experienced Chartered Accountant and Business Advisor. I am a charity sector specialist and through
my accountancy business provides finance director and accountancy services to
many small and large charities and business across UK. I have worked with KPMG and PwC auditing and
advising local councils, colleges and universities. I enjoy travelling,
swimming and speaking. I am a parent governor of a student in year
I am the pastor of Selly Park Baptist
church which is located next door to the school and have lived in the area
since autumn 2000. As I church we enjoy a good relationship with the school and
I have always sought ways in which to strengthen our links. I have appreciated the opportunity to take
assemblies and RE lessons in the school and as a governor I seek to bring
something of the wider community to the table.
I have experience in managing and leading a small church with the focus
on people’s spiritual wellbeing.
After a career in industry, commerce and retail I have been teaching for more than thirty years in secondary schools, further education colleges and for universities. For several years I have also examined in ICT and linked subjects for one of the examination boards. Outside school I have run several IT consultancies. I first became a parent governor at Selly Park when my daughter was attending the school. I am now a co-opted governor with special interests in eSafety and SEND. Both of these derive from my current teaching position as subject leader for ICT at a specialist school for children who are blind or visually impaired. I feel I am able to be useful bringing experience to the school from these various educational settings.
Dr. Vivek Indramohan
I am an engineer by background. Currently, I am working as a scientist / an academic with 12 years of experience in the higher education sector within UK. I have a keen interest in globalising education and embedding enquiry based learning and teaching approaches within curriculum. I am one of the STEM ambassadors within the West Midlands region advocating for widening the participation of ‘Women in Science and Engineering’. I ensure to bring in such expertise and advise and disseminate the same to my colleagues and wider academic community at Selly Park so as to enrich the development of our next generation.
Clerk to the Governing Body
I am an experienced accredited Clerk who
has been working with the school since 2013 and have worked with a range of
schools and settings in the past. I have a sound knowledge of governance
procedures and current legislation and am able to advise the governing board
accordingly. I am an effective communicator and have developed good
relationships with staff and governors. I ensure agendas and documentation are
circulated promptly to facilitate productive meetings and produce accurate
minutes to ensure meetings are effectively recorded.
My background is in Financial services, currently I work in the Legal department at Deutsche Bank. I have been with the bank since 2012, and relocated to Birmingham at the beginning of 2018. As governor of Selly Park, I also serve on the Pay & Finance committees. My value add as a newer member of the governing body is to effectively challenge the status quo, and question our processes whilst always looking at ways the school can continue improving. Selly Park Girls School is an outstanding institution, with dedicated staff and students and I am delighted to be a member of the governing body. My academic degrees are in Philosophy & International Law. In my spare time, I am an avid reader, anthropologically curious and a perpetual student.
Ciaran Clinton became a co-opted governor in the spring of 2018. He has worked in three schools in the Midlands as well as three schools in Japan. Before teaching, he worked for two companies in the financial services sector. As Deputy Head Teacher of Selly Park Girls’ School, Ciaran is responsible for curriculum, assessment and outcomes. He also represents the Prince’s Teaching Institute (the PTI) every summer.