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Parent governor representatives

Information on the responsibilities of parent governor representatives in Lewisham.

Parent governor representatives (PGRs) ensure that parents of children at schools within the borough have an independent voice on local education matters and all matters to do with children and young people. They hold the council to account for education policy and decision making.

Although elected by parent governors, the role is to represent parents and not governors. In Lewisham, all PGRs serve on the Children and Young People (Overview and Scrutiny) Select Committee for a period of four years.

Who can become a PGR?

Any parent governor (who is still a parent of a child in a maintained school within the borough) can stand for election, even if they only have a short time left to serve.

Speaking and voting rights on the committee

PGRs are full and equal members of the committee and have the right to speak on any matter under discussion. They have full voting rights on any question which relates to any children and young person functions, which are the responsibility of the executive of the authority.

Role of a PGR

The role of the PGR is to:

  • act as an independent voice for local parents

  • represent the main issues which concern parents of pupils in schools maintained by the council

  • attend and contribute to the committees to which they have been appointed

  • establish good relations with other members and officers

  • act with due propriety according to standards laid down for conduct in local government.

Support for the role

Access to training is available for all PGRs.

PGRs are eligible to claim appropriate allowances such as travel and childcare in the same way as local councillors.

Who are Lewisham’s parent governor representatives and how do I get in touch with them?

Lilian Brooks – primary schools.
Clive Caseley – secondary schools.
Vacanct – special schools.

To get in touch with the parent governor representatives, email Governor Services on the details below and we will ask them to contact you.

Please include 'PGR' in the subject of your email.

Contact

Governors' Services

Second Floor, Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, London, SE6 4RU
Telephone: 0208 314 8313
Email: governors.services@lewisham.gov.uk