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Dear Parent or Guardian

Forthcoming Election of Parent Governor(s) at Lakenham Primary School

We are looking to recruit a new parent Governors to join our ambitious governing body. Do you want to make a real difference by helping our school to improve further?

If the answer to the above question is a resounding yes, this letter may well be of interest to you and we would like you to read on!

So how can you help?

School Governors are essential to guide and monitor the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team as well as developing the school for the benefit of the children and its community. Nominations are therefore invited to fill this vacancy. Should we receive more nomination than the available vacancy, an election will be held.

What does the role of Governor involve?

Governors have an important part to play in helping to maintain success and in raising school standards through their three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability, and monitoring and evaluating school performance.

Vacancies for Governors do not always arise every year and the Governing Body welcomes interest from suitably motivated and committed individuals who believe they would make a positive difference and add real value to the school’s current well-being and future development.

Other than being at least 18 years of age, there are no particular qualifications or requirements, except that at the time of the election you must be a parent or have parental responsibility for a current Lakenham Primary School student.

We have, however, through our Annual Skills Audit, identified finance and human resources as particular areas of expertise in which we would like to strengthen the Governing Body within this election. Parents with skills and experience in these areas are particularly encouraged to apply. Most importantly, we are looking for individuals with commitment, vision and energy, who can add real value to the school and all its stakeholders.

The Governing Body at Lakenham Primary School now has greater responsibilities than ever before; it needs people of talent who can commit the time, in order to fulfil the role to the required standard. A full induction, regular on-going training and even peer mentoring will be provided throughout the first year.

Members of the Governing Body are asked to attend eight meetings per year, all of these are Full Governing Body meetings. The meetings are usually held on a Thursday between 4pm and 6pm.

Subject to their work and other commitments, Governors may also participate in initiatives that link the skills and interests of individual Governors with specific curriculum areas or subjects. This may involve termly or more frequent meetings in school. From time to time, Governors may also be involved in interview panels for disciplinary purposes. You will also be encouraged to regularly visit the school.

There is immense satisfaction to be gained from working alongside like-minded individuals on the Governing Body and influencing the future development and direction of our school. Want to know more or to simply discuss the job description for the role? If so, please contact the Chair of Governors Mrs Jane Merrett or the headteacher Mrs Cassandra Williams, for more information or to simple arrange to meet for an informal chat via chairofgov@lakenham.norfolk.sch.uk

You can find more general information about the role of School Governor at:

Be a school governor or trustee - National Governance Association (nga.org.uk)

Interested? Nominations are invited not later than 12 on 24th of September. All forms should be returned to the Clerk to the Governors via Reception.

Should we receive more nominations than the available vacancies, an election will be held. In this instance, the Election will be conducted electronically online. An email containing the link to the electronic ballot paper will be sent directly to you. Those for whom we do not hold current email addresses can request a hard copy ballot form to vote.

Yours sincerely Mrs Cassandra Williams

Headteacher and Returning Officer

ELECTION TIMETABLE Nominations close 10am Friday 24th September

If no ballots required, results published on website Monday 27th September

If ballots required, ballot papers will be issued Monday 27th September

Ballots will close 10am Friday 8th October Count 13.00 Friday 8th October

Result published on website & school Facebook page PM Friday 8th October Elected Governors training & induction From 11th October Elected Governors attend first meeting Thursday 11th November






There will be no need to hold an election (i.e., no ballot will be needed) if the number of nominations received are equal to, or less than, the number of vacancies. The composition of the governing body detailing the number of parent governors is set out in the Instrument of Government of the school. After reconstitution a parent governor will have a term of office of four years unless the Instrument of Government states otherwise. Under the 2012 School Governance Regulations, a person is disqualified from election or appointment as a parent governor of a school if they are an elected member of the LA (a County Councilor) or if they work at the school for more than 500 hours (i.e., for more than one-third of the hours of a full-time equivalent) in a school year (at the time of election or appointment). Any governor may resign at any time during their period of office. A parent governor does not have to resign when his/her child leaves the school, but is able to complete his/her term of office. Parents standing as candidates in the election may not propose or second themselves. Each parent/guardian shall be entitled to return one ballot paper irrespective of the number of children in the family attending the school. Each parent/guardian shall be entitled to vote for as many candidates as there are vacancies in the election. No arrangement shall be made for proxy voting. Each ballot paper must be returned by the date and time fixed by the Headteacher, in a sealed envelope, addressed to the Headteacher of the school, indicating it contains a ballot paper and bearing no other mark. Any ballot papers received that are not in sealed envelopes will be invalid. The ballot papers will remain unopened in a secure place until the count commences. All candidates or their representatives will be invited to attend the counting of the ballot papers. A notice of the result of the election will be posted on the school notice board for a period of 14 days from the "date of the election". During this period any candidate, proposer or seconder of a candidate, or any ten parents may object to the result of the election



 Children in Need

Dear Parents/Carers,


Friday 13th November 2020 is Children in Need and the focus this year is on supporting children’s wellbeing and mental health.

At school this year, we will be supporting Children in Need by inviting children to come into school wearing non-uniform and by providing children in class with a Thrive activity, which aims to promote and support children’s wellbeing.

During this challenging time of lockdown, we will not be asking for money to fundraise for the BBC. Instead we are kindly asking for children to bring in 1 item of non-perishable goods (items that will not go off – e.g. tins, pasta, cereal, soup, soap and body care products etc.) if you can.

These donations will then be used to create hampers to help our school families, who need support at this time.

We hope you can support us with, as this year the children we want to support the most are the ones from our school community!



Miss Plummer & The School Council



Head Lice Letter

November 2019


Dear Parent/Carers


We have noticed that there are a few children in the school who currently have head lice and we would like your help in this matter.


We are asking all our parents to examine their children’s hair tonight, and to take action accordingly.  With all of us doing this on the same day, it is hoped that the current infestation will be brought to an end.  A cheap way of doing this is by wet combing —wash hair with ordinary shampoo, apply lots of conditioner (any conditioner will do), comb the whole head of hair, from the roots to the ends.  PSAs can help with hints and tips.  We want to stop this as soon as possible.


Many thanks for your co-operation in this matter.