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Parent Governors

Parent Local Academy Councillors

(Parent Governors)



What are School Governors?

Governors, referred to as Local Academy Counillors, work with school and the Trust on a voluntary basis, overseeing the Trust's strategic vision and ensure accountability by appropriately challenging decisions.  Governors are unpaid skilled individuals who volunteer to aid the qualitity of educational provision for their local community.  


The role of the Trust Governing Board

As part of Rainbow Education, our Trustees are responsible for overseeing Governance for the Trust.  Our Trustees meet termly and are also part of sub-committees dealing with key areas of school governance.  Each school within the Trust has their own Local Governing Body (LGB) who are responsible for providing strategic leadership and robust accountability for their specific school. 

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You can find full details of the Trust's Governance Structure on our Governance page and/or the Trust's website (Team section). 


The role of the Local Governing Board

Our school’s Local Governing Body (LGB) 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.   Please note the role of any “governor” is a strategic one, as opposed to operational which is the responsibility of the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team (SLT).

The role of a Parent Local Academy Councilor (parent governor)

As a Parent Local Academy Councilor, you’ll work with the board to make sure it effectively carries out the duties referred to above. You’ll also play a vital role in bringing a parental perspective to the governing board, but you’re not there to speak ‘on behalf’ of the parent body.

The governing board is keen for candidates to have skills in the following areas, however all people from all  backgrounds and skillsets are encouraged to apply to ensure we have a diverse range of skills on our governing board:-

  • Finance
  • Education
  • Business Management

To be a Parent Local Academy Councillor you should have:

  • A strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for children
  • Good inter-personal skills, curiosity, and a willingness to learn and develop new skills
  • The specific skills required to make sure the governing board delivers effective governance
  • Ability to interpret and analyse data  
  • Evaluate situations and offer suggestions and solutions
  • Ability to work collaboratively, consider issues objectively and challenge, where appropriate
  • Ensure the safeguarding of our children at all times

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Expectations of Parent Local Academy Councilor

Successful candidates will be fully inducted and receiving training, however the key expectations are as below:-

 Term of office (4 years)

  • Attendance at meetings (4 meetings per year)
  • Maintaining confidentiality
  • Committing to training
  • Visiting the school
  • Compliance with our Governing Board Code of Conduct
  • Working collaboratively with the LGB ensuring the three main areas of basic school governance are adhered to
  • Requirement to complete enhanced DBS check - we will carry out any necessary pre-appointment checks to ensure you have clearance to work with children and young people
  • Obligation to complete a Disqualification from Governorship Form and annual pecuniary interest declarations to ensure compliance with the Academies Trust Handbook and current legislation


Current Vacancies  

Townfield Primary current have 1 vacancy for a Parent Local Academy Councillor. 


How to Apply

If you’re interested in applying for the role, please contact and you will be provided with a copy of our Parent Local Academy Councilors application, together with appropriate declarations (see documents below).  If we receive more applications than there are vacancies, a secret ballot will be carried out. We will inform you closer to the time if we haveto do this.  


> Parent LACs must understand the remit of their role on the LGB and be aware that in this role you would not be a voice of the parents’; any views or contributions must be your own. Any issues regarding your own child/children or any issues must not be brought to the LGB and should be dealt with through the usual appropriate channels. This is also the correct procedure for any issues brought to any Parent LAC and any such issues should be redirected to school to ensure impartiality and segregation of duties  

> This is a voluntary/unpaid role which requires commitment to attend 4 meetings per year, in addition to training/school visits (as required) 

Successful candidates will be subject to the necessary enhanced DBS and Section 128 checks required for ensuring the safeguarding of children – as such the start date for this position will be September 2022


Further Information 

If you have any queries about this process or would like to find out more about the role, please contact Mrs McDowell.

Please also refer to the documents below:-

  • Parent Governorship Application Form 
  • Governorship Disqualification Form 
  • Governorship Agreement form 




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Get in Touch

Townfield Primary School

Townfield Lane, Prenton, Wirral, CH43 2LH

T: 0151 652 8498


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