Governor Vacancies

The Role of the Governing Body

The size and composition of the Governing Body is determined by its Instrument of Governance. This allows for a Governing Body of 20 Governors, comprising up to 7 parent governors, 2 staff governors (including the Headteacher), a local authority governor, 8 co-opted governors and 2 foundation governors.  

At HDS we feel it is very important to have current parents directly involved in our discussions and decision making, and for this reason, and against a general trend, Parent Governors continue to make up over a third of our Governing Body.

All Governors are normally appointed for a term of office of four years.

The Governing Body has three core functions -:

  • to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • to hold  the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its students and the performance management of staff; and
  • to oversee the financial performance of the school and ensure its money is well spent.

The full Governing Body meets once in each half term. It has four Committees - Teaching and Learning, and Finance and Premises, which also meet half termly; Safeguarding, and Personnel, which meet termly. Each Committee reports to the full Governing Body at the end of each relevant half term.

More information on the Governing Body, including terms of reference for each of the committees, can be found by clicking on this link to the Governors pages of the school website

The role of the Parent Governor

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

Further guidance on being a governor is available on the Cornwall Council website at


Parent Governors are elected by other parents at the school. 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. Parent Governors can remain in office until the end of their term of office, even if their child leaves the school.

For details of persons disqualified from holding or continuing to hold office as a School Governor, please see page 2 of the nomination form.

The process

Closing date for completed Nomination forms is 12 noon on Friday 15 January 2021.

For parents and carers who do not have access to email, paper copies of the nomination form will be available either by post or at reception from Monday 4 January, and can be returned to reception marked for the attention of the Clerk to the Governors.

Nomination forms should be returned by email to the Clerk, or by post or in person to the school marked ‘for the attention of the Clerk of Governors’. Please observe current Covid measures if you are returning nomination forms in person.

Visit our Governing Body page for more information on the HDS Governors. 


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