St Budeaux Foundation C. of E. (Aided) Junior School
Priestley Avenue, Higher St Budeaux, Plymouth. PL5 2DW
A Church of England Foundation since 1717
Headteacher Mrs C Drage
Code of Conduct for Governors
The governing board accepts its core strategic functions:
Establishing the strategic direction, by:
- Setting the vision, values, and objectives for the schools
- Agreeing the school improvement strategies with priorities and targets
- Meeting statutory duties
Ensuring accountability, by:
- Appointing the Headteacher
- Monitoring progress towards targets
- Performance managing the Headteacher
- Engaging with stakeholders
- Contributing to school self-evaluation
Ensuring financial probity, by:
- Setting the budget
- Monitoring spending against the budget
- Ensuring value for money is obtained
- Ensuring risks to the organisation are managed
- We understand the purpose of the board and the role of the Headteacher. We accept that we have no legal authority to act individually, except when the board has given us delegated authority to do so, and therefore we will only speak on behalf of the governing board when we have been specifically authorised to do so.
- We accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the board or its delegated agents. This means that we will not speak against majority decisions outside the governing board meeting.
- We have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for staff, we will fulfil all that is expected of a good employer.
- We will encourage open government and will act appropriately.
- We will consider carefully how our decisions may affect the community and other schools.
- We will always be mindful of our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of our school. Our actions within school and the local community will reflect this. This includes our use of any social networking sites where we will ensure that neither our personal or professional reputation, or the school’s reputation is compromised by inappropriate postings.
- In making or responding to criticism or complaints affecting the school we will follow the procedures established by the governing board.
- We will actively support and challenge the Headteacher.
- We acknowledge that accepting office as a governor involves the commitment of significant amounts of time and energy.
- We will each involve ourselves actively in the work of the governing board, and accept our fair share of responsibilities.
- We will make full efforts to attend all meetings and where we cannot attend explain in advance why we are unable to. We will commit to attending 7 of the 9 annual meetings.
- We will get to know the schools well and respond to opportunities to involve ourselves in activities.
- We will visit school, with all visits arranged in advance with the staff and undertaken within the framework established by the governing board and agreed with the Headteacher.
- We will attend at least 2 governor afternoons.
- We acknowledge our individual and collective needs for training and development, and will undertake relevant training.
- We will complete our link reports to the governing body and accept that these must be submitted to the clerk two weeks before the due date even if we are not able to attend the meeting at which they are to be presented.
- We accept that in the interests of open government, our names, terms of office, roles on the governing body, category of governor and the body responsible for appointing us will be published on the school’s website.
- We agree that we will declare all business interests – including any relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives and will offer information about other governorships of other schools so that it can be published on the website. We accept that any governor failing to reveal information to enable the governing body to fulfil their responsibilities may be in breach of this code of conduct and as a result be bringing the governing body into disrepute. In such cases we accept that the governing body should consider suspending the governor.
- We will strive to work as a team in which constructive working relationships are actively promoted.
- We will express views openly, courteously and respectfully in all our communications with other governors.
- We will support the chair in their role of ensuring appropriate conduct both at meetings and at all times.
- We are prepared to answer queries from other governors in relation to delegated functions and take into account any concerns expressed, and we will acknowledge the time, effort and skills that have been committed to the delegated function by those involved.
- We will seek to develop effective working relationships with the Headteacher, staff and parents, the local authority and other relevant agencies and the community.
- We will ensure that we do not intervene in parental or staff concerns at the earliest stage but will advise the relevant headteacher in order that due process can be followed.
- We will observe complete confidentiality when matters are deemed confidential or where they concern specific members of staff or pupils, both inside or outside of the schools.
- We will exercise the greatest prudence at all times when discussions regarding school business arise outside a governing board meeting.
- We will not reveal the details of any governing board vote.
Conflicts of interest
- We will also declare any conflict of loyalty at the start of any meeting should the situation arise.
- We will act in the best interests of the school as a whole and not as a representative of any group, even if elected to the governing board.
Breach of this code of conduct
- If we believe this Code has been breached, we will raise this issue with the chair 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 that we believe has breached this code, another governor, such as the vice chair will investigate.
I agree to the terms of this Code of Conduct