Parent governor vacancies

Role: Volunteer – Parent Governor x2

Start Date: September 2023

Trinity Road Primary School’s governing board is looking to appoint two parent governors.

You can make a real difference to children’s education in this school community and learn valuable skills & experience along the way. 

You will be joining a supportive and dedicated team of like-minded people when you join the governing body of Trinity Road Primary School.
If you would like to discuss your application for this volunteer role, please call the school office, option 4, in the first instance. 

Previous experience of governance is desirable but not essential, as training is provided.
We particularly welcome applications from parents who have experience of supporting families with SEND, experience in secondary education, mental health and/or health and safety.


Any parent or person with parental responsibility, or a carer, of a registered pupil at the school at the time of election can stand as a parent governor. You can remain in office until the end of your 4-year term of office, even if your child leaves the school.


A parent governor is not as a spokesperson for the views of parents. You are the same as any other governor on the board, providing a ‘parental viewpoint’ i.e. a representative parent, rather than a representative of parents.


The succesful candidate must be:

  • motivated to make a positive impact on pupils’ education,
  • able to work in a team, ask questions, listen and learn,

As an effective parent governor you will:

  • work in partnership with the headteacher, senior leadership team and other governors to raise standards and improve outcomes for all children,
  • get to know the school and carry out monitoring visits,
  • take on a specific area of responsibility linked to the school development plan,
  • undertake training and development to acquire or develop the skills to make an effective contribution to governance, 
  • attend about 7 governor meetings per year,
  • declare an interest in circumstances where it is difficult to be impartial.

A school governor is a public official and should observe the Nolan principles, which are the basis of the ethical standards expected of public office holders.

Support you can expect from the governing body

As a governor at the school, you will benefit from:

  • a personalised training and development programme, with extensive e-learning options,
  • a buddy support system and opportunities to network and experience governance in other schools nearby.
  • access to the governors’ website with a range of resources and collaborative working tools.
  • a full subscription to the National Governance Association to access additional resources and events.

Time commitment

In addition to meetings, you will be expected to visit the school and record your observations on a range of well-defined areas, for example compliance with the school’s safeguarding policy or behaviour policy.
Governors are invited to attend school events, such as our time capsule ceremony, learner conferences and open days.

Time off from work

Under employment law, employers must give employees who are school governors reasonable time off to carry out their duties. The employee and employer have to agree on what is reasonable. Employers may give time off with pay but do not have to do so.

How to apply

Please complete this application form by Wednesday 11th July 2023.

Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school, except in certain circumstances where they are appointed by the board, for instance, when the number of vacancies is greater than the number of parents standing for election. If a ballot is required, this will be carried out between 12th July and 18th July 2023.

Family Picnic – Thursday 20th July

Last year we invited all families on to the school field to join us for our annual summer family picnic. We would like to invite you all on site to do
this same this year, where you can come and join your child for a picnic outside in the fine weather.

This year we will be holding the family picnic on Thursday 20th July. Come on site for 12.00pm, bring a picnic and sit with your child/family on the field. We will have music playing and will see who is going to be a top dancer!

We invite all families to take their children off site from 1.00pm after their lunch, to enjoy the start of the summer holidays.

Rainbow Raffle—Thank you

A huge thank you to everyone for all your donations to the FoT Rainbow Raffle. There are some super raffle hampers that have been made from everything you brought in.

The Rainbow Hampers will be raffled off at our Summer Fun Day, on 2nd July 2023 from 11.30am to 2.30pm.

There will be lots to enjoy at the Summer Fun Day including, pony rides, bungee trampolines, animal encounters, inflatable slide, the usual games, crafts, glitter tattoos and much more!

Raffle tickets to win great prizes and raise money for the school are £1 each and you can purchase them here or in the playground from the Firends of Trinity volunteers. You could win:

1st Prize: £100 cash
2nd Prize: £50 voucher
Rainbow Hampers
an Echo Dot,
a Scooter
and many more prizes …

Beat the queues and pre-order your games tokens. We look forward to seeing as many of our families and friends there as possible to celebrate Summer together.

NEU Proposed Strike Action – 5th and 7th July

The National Education Union announced two further days of strike action for Wednesday 5th and Friday 7th July.

On the previous strike dates this year, our school managed to stay open, but as on previous occasions, this cannot be guaranteed. As before, the school team are taking all reasonable and appropriate steps to keep the school open on the above dates, for our most vulnerable children, SEND, disadvantaged, key worker children and children sitting upcoming external examinations.

While there is no guarantee that the school will remain fully or partially open, parents and carers will be updated as far in advance as possible to enable families to make appropriate childcare plans.

New School Times – September 2023

From September, the school day will start at 8.45am and finish at 3.15pm.

The government now require all schools to be open for 32.5 hours a week, to meet this requirement we have had to lengthen our school day.

Children in KS1 (years 1 and 2), and KS2 (years 3, 4, 5 and 6) will all line up in their classes in the playground. All children will be collected from the playground. EYFS children will go straight in to class.

EYFS, KS1 & KS2:

8.30amGates open and children line up in their classes
8:45amThe school day now starts at 8.45am for all children. Teachers lead children in their class lines to their classrooms
Blue doors and school gates close
All parents need to be off site by 8.45am
3.05pmGates open

Children who arrive after 8.45am will be late and will need to enter and sign in through the main office.

Attendance – 15th – 19th May

Staff, parents and pupils come together to maintain and improve attendance every day. More information for parents is available on Our school attendance target for the year is 95%.
The whole school attendance last week was 94.6%. Here is the detailed class attendance information:

McKee Good
DeaconCould do better
JamesCould do better
CowellCould do better
PichonCould do better
Ho-Yen Good

Outstanding ~ 98.6-100%
Good ~ 95—98.5%
Could do better ~ 94.9% and below