Parents, including carers, of registered pupils, are eligible to stand for election for parent governorship of the school. Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. If insufficient parents stand for election, the governing body can appoint parent governors. Parent governors are ‘representative’ of the parent body and not ‘delegates’; they vote according to their own views.
Staff governors are drawn from the head, the teaching staff and the non-teaching staff of the school. One place is automatically reserved for the headteacher by virtue of their appointment, whether or not they choose to accept governorship. With the exception of the headteacher, staff governors are elected by their peers.
Local Authority governors are appointed by the Local Authority that maintains the school. No one who is eligible to be a staff governor can be appointed a Local Authority governor.
Co-Opted governors are appointed by the governing body to represent community interests. The definition of co-opted governors is wide and can be persons who live or work in the community served by the school, or those who are committed to good governance and the success of the school.
Governors at Ivel Valley School normally serve for a four-years term of office, after which they can stand for re-election or appointment if still eligible.