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Co-opted Governor Vacancy


Joseph Locke Primary School currently has a vacancy for a Co-opted Governor to be part of our Governing Body and help govern and support our thriving community school set in the centre of Barnsley.


Being a School Governor is a rewarding and effective way of making a voluntary contribution to your local community and to the lives of local young people. Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Body to represent community interests.  They often live or work in the community served by the school and have a keen interest in the school’s success.


The Governing Body consists of seven members from diverse backgrounds.  Members are appointed with a mix of skills, experience and interests in order to give a representative balance to the group.  The whole Governing Body meets at least four times per year and the Governing Body includes parents, teachers, the Headteacher, local authority representatives and Co-opted representatives.


The Head Teacher is accountable to the Governing Body whose role is to set the aims & objectives of the school (together with the Headteacher) in line with national guidelines and to continually monitor progress.


Do you have?

  • An interest in our children’s future
  • Time, energy and enthusiasm
  • A desire to make a difference
  • Readiness to accept responsibility
  • Skills and abilities to complement our existing team
  • An ability to work as a team
  • Are you happy to ask questions, listen and learn?

Then you could have what it takes to join one of the largest volunteer groups in the country, working with others to get the best for our children.


Please note that all Governors must agree to having a DBS check in line with the School’s Safeguarding Procedures. 

Parent Governor Vacancy


There is currently an opportunity for a parent or carer to join Joseph Locke Primary School’s Governing Body.


In order to get another parent or carer on board, the school must run a formal process of ‘nominations’ and possibly an ‘election’.


We appreciate that this may sound off-putting and until you start to understand more about the role of a school governor it does all sound very strange – but our aim is to encourage you to consider joining the Governing Body. 


So, what is the role of Parent Governor?


Parent governors make a significant contribution to the ‘strategic development’ of the school. ‘Strategy’ is all about where the school is heading, what it is up to and why and how it can achieve what it wants to achieve for the good of all of the pupils. As a parent governor you can make a positive contribution and help make good things happen.


The Governing Body is a group of people committed to supporting the school, improving standards and enhancing education for our children. Some governors are school staff, some are appointed by Barnsley Council (the Local Authority), some come from our local community – and some are parents or carers of children at the school.


Governors are asked to commit to a four-year term of office and should expect to give a certain amount of time to fulfil the role effectively. The Governing Body usually meets once or twice a term as a full group for meetings. Meetings have agendas and papers which are circulated beforehand so there is time to get yourself familiar with what topics are coming up and ask any questions in advance. Meetings are usually held on a Monday or a Tuesday afternoon around 4pm. Governors are encouraged to participate as much as they can in the meetings however we recognise that contributions can be made in different ways – you do not have to be an expert at anything to join us!


What is the nomination process?


We invite you to put yourself forward (to nominate yourself) or to nominate another parent/carer, on a nomination form. Please note that:


If you are putting yourself forward you do not need a seconder (ie. someone to back you up and support your nomination);


Each parent/carer may make just one nomination (regardless of how many children you have at the school); and forms should be returned to the School Office, in an envelope and addressed to the Chair of Governors or by email:  


In the event that there are more nominations than vacancies a secret ballot will be held where you can vote for who you wish to be a governor. Should there only be one nomination received then this parent/carer will be ‘elected unopposed’ i.e. he/she will automatically be appointed as a governor.


Do you want to know more?


Further information about becoming a governor is available from the school office should you have any questions.  We would be happy to talk to you if you are unsure whether to put yourself or another person forward or you want to ask questions.


Being a governor can be extremely rewarding and we currently have a great team at Joseph Locke. By asking the right questions and sharing responsibility with fellow governors, we can – and do - help children receive the very best in education during their time at the school. For more information you can visit the following websites:  (the Department for Education)  (the main Government website with helpful information on all sorts of topics)

 More general information is also available from the Barnsley Council website:



We must inform you that when a governor is appointed, he/she is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check (criminal record check).

Instrument of Government

Register of Business Interest

Governance Handbook November 2015

Seven Principles of Public Life

Who is eligible to be a Governor?