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Can troublesome parent governors be 'sacked'?

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manicurepedicure Wed 05-Oct-16 19:12:19

In a very popular school in leafy London borough...

This one seems to be trying to undermine the head at every opportunity: spreading rumours, stirring up trouble on the playground with parents, causing other parents to become worried, acting/taking different stance on issues in the playground compared to how they do in the actual meetings.

What rights do the school have to remove someone who is not acting in the best interests of the school?


Believeitornot Wed 05-Oct-16 19:15:12

This would be for the chair of governors to decide?

Piglet208 Wed 05-Oct-16 19:38:09

A governor has a duty to behave in a certain way and follow the code of practice. If you feel that this person has violated the code by breaking confidences or acting in an unprofessional manner then you can make a formal complaint to the Chair of governors. An investigation will follow ( there are procedures for this) and could result in a warning or asking a governor to resign if the complaint is found to be true. Be warned that there needs to be adequate evidence such as dates and times and this will lead to bad feeling. An unofficial word with the Chair of governors might be a better route at this stage.

Longlost10 Wed 05-Oct-16 19:40:31

to some extent, governors are supposed to be troublesome....

manicurepedicure Wed 05-Oct-16 19:46:25

But the rumours that they're spreading are very very wild and unfounded. It's an extreme situation.
Thanks though.

OhTheRoses Wed 05-Oct-16 19:53:09

Why are they being troublesome though? The best interests of the school /staff/head aren't necessarily the best interests of the children. Mine went to a leafy London school. The Head's conduct and political behaviour weren't always great tbh and a lot of families walked with their feet.

It would have been great if some of the governors had rocked the boat but mostly they behaved as a "chumocracy".

manicurepedicure Wed 05-Oct-16 20:00:44

I can't go into why but they have an axe to grind.

OhTheRoses Wed 05-Oct-16 20:04:05

Well on my experience there are three sides to most stories. Yours, theirs and the truth.

intravenouscoffee Wed 05-Oct-16 20:09:55

You can contact Governor Services for advice. And if you were going down the route of removing a Governor you would definitely need their support.

Speaking to the chair might be a useful first step (unless this Governor IS the chair) as they would need to be aware of the situation regardless of how it develops.

FanSpamTastic Wed 05-Oct-16 20:10:09

An elected parent governor cannot be dismissed by the FGB. They can however be suspended for up to 6 months. The Chair of the FGB should talk to the Clerk about the legalities. An unelected parent governor who was given post unopposed can be dismissed.

RockinHippy Wed 05-Oct-16 20:16:59

It must be possible, I knew one who was sacked due to Internet photos of their own DCs as some pictures contained other DCs from the school too

Optimist3 Wed 05-Oct-16 20:21:05

Has the governor been challenged about their behaviour. Maybe the chair and head could do it

fatowl Fri 07-Oct-16 02:40:01

I'm a parent governor at my DC school (not the school I am a teacher at)

A formal complaint needs to be made if they are breaching the Code of Conduct. A formal letter to the Chair, and a copy to the clerk and the LEA would be your starting point.

Governors with personal agendas are always bad news

OlennasWimple Fri 07-Oct-16 02:51:14

In very extreme circumstances, individuals can be banned from being governors if they are genuinely troublesome

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