Governor Code of Conduct
The Governing Board has adopted the following principles and procedures:
This code sets out the expectations on and commitment required from school Governors in order for the Governing Board to properly carry out its work within the school and the community.
As governors, we will focus on the strategic functions
- Ensuring there is clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure the money is well spent
Fulfil our role and responsibility:
- We accept that our role is strategic and so will focus on our core functions rather than involve ourselves in day to day management.
- We will develop, share and live the ethos and values of our school.
- We agree to adhere to school policies and procedures as set out by the relevant governing documents and law.
- We agree to abide by the School’s Guidance for Safer Working Practices and code of conduct.
- We will work collectively for the benefit of the school.
- We will be candid but constructive and respectful when holding senior leaders to account.
- We will consider how our decisions may affect the school and local community.
- We will stand by the decisions that we make as a collective.
- Where decisions and actions conflict with the Seven Principles of Public Life (Appendix 1) or may place
- We accept that we have no legal authority to act individually, except when the board has given us delegated authority to do so, and we will only speak or act on behalf of the board if we have the authority to do so.
- We will fulfil our responsibilities as a good employer, acting fairly and without prejudice.
- When making or responding to complaints we will follow the established procedures.
- We will strive to uphold the school’s reputation in our private communications. We will always use social networking sites responsibly and ensure that neither our personal/professional reputation, nor the school’s reputation is compromised by inappropriate postings. We will ensure that our actions do not breach any school policies or procedures.
- We will promote tolerance of and respect for those of different faiths and beliefs, races, genders, ages, disability and sexual orientation.
- We agree to advise the Chair of Governors and Clerk to Governors of any change in our personal circumstances that might call into question our suitability to continue as Governors.
Demonstrate Commitment to the Role
- We will involve ourselves actively in the work of the board, and accept our fair share of responsibilities, serving on committees or working groups where required.
- We will make every effort to attend all meetings and where we cannot attend explain in advance why we are unable to.
- We will arrive at meetings prepared, having read all papers in advance, ready to make a positive contribution and observe protocol.
- We will get to know the school well and respond to opportunities to involve ourselves in school activities.
- We will visit the school and when doing so will make arrangements with relevant staff / the Headteacher in advance and observe school and board protocol.
- When visiting the school in a personal capacity (i.e. as a parent or carer), we will continue to honour the commitments made in this code.
- We will participate in induction training and take responsibility for developing our individual and collective skills and knowledge on an ongoing basis. We agree that new Governors will attend induction training within the first 6 month of the commencement of their term of office.
Build and maintain relationships
- We will develop effective working relationships with school leaders, staff, parents and other relevant stakeholders from our local community.
- We will express views openly, courteously and respectfully in all our communications with board members and staff both inside and outside of meetings.
- We will support the chair in their role of leading the board and ensuring appropriate conduct
- We will observe complete confidentiality both inside and outside of school when matters are deemed confidential or where they concern individual staff, pupils or families.
- We will not reveal the details of any governing board vote.
- We will ensure all confidential papers are held and disposed of appropriately.
- We will maintain confidentiality even after we leave office.
Declare conflicts of interest and be transparent
- We will declare any business, personal or other interest that we have in connection with the board’s business and these will be recorded in the Register of Business Interests.
- We will also declare any conflict of loyalty at the start of any meeting should the need arise.
- If a conflicted matter arises in a meeting, we will offer to leave the meeting for the duration of the discussion and any subsequent vote.
- We accept that the Register of Business Interests will be published on the school website.
- We will act in the best interests of the school as a whole and not as a representative of any group.
- We accept that in the interests of open governance, our full names, date of appointment, terms of office, roles on the governing board, attendance records, relevant business and pecuniary interests, category of governor and the body responsible for appointing us will be published on the school’s website.
- We accept that information relating to board members will be collected and recorded on the DfE’s national database of governors (Get information about schools), some of which will be publicly available. We understand that potential or perceived breaches of this code will be taken seriously and that a breach could lead to formal sanctions.
If we believe this code has been breached, we will raise this issue with the Chair of Governors and the chair will investigate; the Governing Board will only use suspension/removal as a last resort after seeking to resolve any difficulties or disputes in more constructive ways.
Should it be the Chair of Governors that we believe has breached this code, advice from the Clerk to Governors will be sought and alternative arrangements for investigation made e.g. another Governing Board member, such as the Vice Chair or a Governor from another school will investigate.