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On Friday 1st November ballot papers will have been sent home with either the eldest or only child for the forthcoming Parent Governor election.

There are 2 vacancies for 2 Parent Governors on the Governing Body. Each parent / carer (per family) can vote for 2 out of the 3 candidates standing for election.  The 3 candidates statements are as follows:

Jonathan Carter

I have been a parent governor at Robert Arkenstall School for 8 years.  Two of my children have left the school and one still attends. My initial reason for joining was to continually support the wonderful learning environment my children have experienced when attending the school.

As a software company owner, I bring commercial and technology experience, which has been important when facing increasing budget challenges.  As joint chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee I closely monitor the school finances via regular budget control meetings, in addition to the usual governor meeting schedule.  However, with reducing budgets and increasing costs, it has been necessary to generate additional revenue streams for the school and I have assisted in securing some significant external funding.

I am also involved in other areas such as recruitment, performance management, contracts and ICT.

I have contributed as a member of the governor panel, interviewed by Ofsted for two successful inspections in the last 8 years.

I would dearly like to continue on the governing body for another term, continuing to help and assist the school wherever I can to achieve the best possible educational experience for the children in an increasingly challenging educational environment.

Robin Gildersleeve

Every child in our village school deserves the very best - inspiring teaching and learning in stimulating, well-resourced environments. I wish to become a parent governor to help Robert Arkenstall realise its ambitions to be a highly successful, inclusive school community.

I offer my experiences and skills as a: former teacher, headteacher, chair of governors, governor trainer and active local community member (Group Scout Leader and Neighbourhood Plan Group member).

In my school improvement work, I have provided support and challenge for many schools, (from Ofsted ‘outstanding’ to ‘inadequate’), both nationally and also in our region. This includes chairing interim executive bodies (IEBs) for schools that Ofsted inspectors have placed in special measures.

I have taken responsibility for very large school budgets, overseen successful capital programme bids, been a national Value for Money consultant and chaired a Governor Resource Committee.

Quality relationships, communication and accountability are at the heart of a successful school. I believe my experience and skills, plus my perspective as a very committed and enthusiastic parent, would be an asset to our Governing Body. If successful, I would become an active team member, provide support and challenge, and champion the school in the local and wider communities.

Warren Holmes-Chatfield

Hello, my name is Warren Holmes-Chatfield. I would like to stand again for Parent Governor. I have been a Governor at the school working as co-chair on the Finance & Personnel Committee.  We have built a strong, skills-audited governing body; seen the school through successful Ofsted inspections; and navigated the school’s finances through some tough external conditions. I bring stability to the post and a deep understanding of our school, having had 3 children go happily and successfully through the school, and one currently in year 4. 

With my co-chair we bring a range of commercial skills to the table through running our own businesses, which is essential I believe in this current climate of difficult funding. In my work I have a professional responsibility for Health & Safety and work closely with the school to support the premises and grounds maintenance and development.  

The best bit is working regularly with the School Council - with the brilliant children who always surprise me with their great ideas on their amazing projects.

I would love to carry on in this role, building on the experience we have learnt to help our school continue to move forward giving the children the excellent opportunities they deserve.


When you have chosen your preferred 2 candidates, please fold the ballet paper (do not write your name on the ballot paper). Please seal your anonymous ballot paper into the small blank envelope provided to each parent / carer (do not write anything on this envelope) and then place your envelope/s into the larger envelope (which will have been sent home with your child and is marked with your eldest / only child's name). This can then be returned to school via a pupil or by the voter in person to the school office.

A ballot box will be available from Monday 4th - Monday 11th November in the school office.

The office staff will mark off that the parent/s/carer has voted and remove and destroy the outer envelope and place each unmarked envelope into the ballot box. The ballot box will be sorted and opened by the Headteacher in the presence of the candidates (if they wish to be present) once the ballot has officially closed.

All ballot papers must be received by 9.30am on Monday 11th November. Ballot papers received after this date, for whatever reason will not be counted.

Please check your children's school bags. If you have not received a ballot paper, then please pick one up from the school office before the ballot closes, in order to place your vote.