School Board

A School Board is a legally formed body that, in partnership with the Principal, is given powers to set and monitor the key directions of a school. It is the major governing body of the school and oversees the school’s performance. The Board does not have a role in the school management. This is the responsibility of the Principal and involves educational leadership and the effective day-to-day administration, supervision and control of the school and its staff. Meetings are held twice per term. Board members may be in office for a three year term but can be reinstated for a further term upon nomination.

The school Board meets twice a term to:

  • Establish and review from the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions;
  • Plan financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and directions;
  • Evaluate the school’s performance in achieving those objectives, priorities and directions; and
  • Formulate codes of conduct for students at the school.

Board Member roles:

  • Parent members of Boards bring their experience as parents at the school, and the views and context of the wider school community;
  • Community members may bring expertise such as business, or accounting skills that the Board is looking for at that time; and
  • Department of Education employees bring their educational expertise.

Guiding Legislation:

School Board decision making takes place within a framework of legislation, industrial agreements and policies:

  • School Education Regulations 2000;
  • School Education Act 1999 (section 124);
  • The Board’s Terms of Reference;
  • Industrial agreements;
  • Other relevant legislation (Equal Opportunity Act);
  • Government policies (Public Sector Standards); and
  • Mandated Department policies.