I'm interested in applying to become a parent governor at dds' school, however they haven't announced any vacancies. Is it worth asking if they want any more? If so, who do I approach initially? Would it be the chair of governors or the head or the Lea? FWIW they currently have 14 governors of which 4 are parents.
The number of governors depends on the size and type of school. They will advertise when a vacancy arises, but you can ask when a governor's term (4years) is expected to end - our school publishes these dates in the school prospectus I think.
Yes, they have to advertise, but if you are keen, there are often other ways in. Our school has a number of associate governors on specific committees, who can't vote in the main meeting. I would start by asking the Head or school office.
I would definitely approach the chair of governors. We just had a new parent governor join - they definitely didn't advertise, I assume because when they advertised at the start of this school year (ie last Sept) for 2 parent governor vacancies, they only had one applicant (me!) so the governing body has been carrying a vacancy.
Even if you are a parent at the school, you can become a community governor, and there might be a vacancy for one of them too.
14 governors sounds like a pretty full governing body though - but still worth asking.