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The Rissington School
Aspire - Belong - Challenge

01451 820857

information for prospective Parent Governors 

Who can stand and vote as a parent governor?

Parent governors are elected by parents of children at the school.

The definition of a parent in education legislation includes:

  • all natural parents whether they are married or not;
  • any person who, although not a natural parent, has parental responsibility for a child or young person and;
  • any person who, although not a natural parent, has care of a child or young person.


  • has a child on roll at the time of election. 

Being a school governor is a demanding and often time consuming role and anyone interested is encouraged to contact the Chair of Governors to find out more about the role and the Headteacher to arrange a school visit before applying.

Please click the link for a >Summary of Disqualification Regulations<

In addition governors need to agree to an enhanced DBS & Section 128 check.

Term of Office

All governors at The Rissington School serve for a four year a term. If a parent governor ceases to be the parent of a child registered at the school within the period for which they have been elected, he/she may continue to be a governor for the rest of his/her term of office.

The Role of Parent Governors?

  • Parent governors should play a full and active part in the governing board but, parent governors, like other governors, do not have the power to act as individuals or as a group, unless specifically authorised to do so by the governing board.
  • Parent governors are not on the governing board simply to represent the interest of parents, or to be the only link with parents because all governors must have regard to these issues.
  • Parent governors have the same rights, responsibilities and duties as other governors.

Parent Governor Documents: