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Governance Charter - Section 12: LC Community members

Election Process & Forms

Community Members

The Academy Head and LC follow the election process identified within this document for Community LC members.  The LC must have evidence of discussion and agreement that the proposed member has the skills required for the LC.

  1. The LC member nominated as a result of the appropriate process completes the LC nomination form and submits this to the Chair of Trustees via the Trust’s Company Secretary.
  2. The Chair of Trustees reviews the information submitted and, through delegation from the Trust Board will approve nominations subject to satisfactory completion of the forms, process and appropriate checks (DBS).
  3. The Chair of Trustees will communicate the decision to the LC nominee, via the Trust Company Secretary, copying in the Chair of LC, the LC Clerk, the Academy Head and School Office Manager.  It is the responsibility of the school to complete the appropriate checks and notifications with the regulatory timeframes. 
  4. It is the responsibility of the Chair of LC to ensure that the induction process is carried out for all new LC members.

The staff and parent election processes are detailed below:

Qualifications and Disqualifications:

National regulations determine the eligibility and disqualification relating to individuals holding a governance position.  The full list of criteria can be found on the Trust website (www.consortiumacademy.co.uk) and will be circulated with the letters and nomination forms when seeking Staff Members to join a Locality Committee.

Background Information:

The term of office of Locality Committee members is four years.  They retire on the completion of their term of office, but like other LC Members they are eligible for re-election. 

It is the responsibility of the Academy Head to organise the LC Community member nominations and elections.

Academy Heads should aim to complete the election before the next meeting of the Locality Committee.  If a vacancy occurs, the vacancy should normally be filled as soon as possible, excluding the main School closure periods.

The Election Procedure:

Nominations should be submitted on the standard form included within the Governance Charter. Persons nominated will be asked to give, on the nomination form, such details as they wish about themselves and their views in not more than 50 words, which will be included in the voting paper.

The voting paper is to be prepared in accordance with the standard format.

If the number of candidates nominated is the same or fewer than the number of vacancies, then any such candidates will be duly elected unopposed.  If, however, there are more candidates than vacancies, it will be necessary to proceed with arrangements for an election.

Nomination of Elected Chair and Vice Chair positions within an LC:

The LC will elect a Chair and Vice Chair from their LC members for a period of one academic year.  Elections will take place in the Autumn Term.

The LC can choose to re-elect to those positions as long as the member is willing to stand for a continued period.

Election is through a voting process.  Anyone willing to stand for the role should make their intention known to the clerk to the LC.  At the point of election those nominated should leave the room and those remaining vote through raising their hand.  The Clerk will note the outcome of the vote.

Locality Committee Chairs and Vice Chair positions are ratified by the Chair of the Trust Board.  The clerk to the LC should notify the Chair of the Trust Board of the LC election outcomes for ratification in the Autumn Term.

 

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