Dear parents and carers,
Governors play a crucial role in ensuring schools are successful. Even though Riverside is a very good, and well-led school, it is really important that we have sufficient governors to effectively challenge and support the school and to effectively carry out all the responsibilities of the governing body. We have had a parent governor vacancy for some time that we have, so far, been unable to fill and we now also have a further ‘co-opted’ governor vacancy as a result of the resignation of John Dermo. John has been an excellent and long-standing governor who has played an important part in the school’s improvement in recent years and I would like to thank him on behalf of governors, staff, pupils and parents.
I am hoping that some of you will give consideration to joining the governing body. We are a school that is blessed with many great parents as well as great children and I am sure that many of you have much to offer. If you think you may be interested and would like to find out more please let me know at If you let me have your phone number, we can arrange to speak by phone or face-to-face in school. Any initial discussion will be informal (and friendly!). I will provide details of what is involved so you can make an informed decision about whether or not to put yourself forward.
If, following discussion, you wish to be considered for the parent governor position, this will involve an election among parents if there is more than one candidate. If you wish to be considered for the co-opted position, your informal application (there is no need to put anything in writing) will be considered by the governing body.
More information about the role of governors can be found at