12. Charter for the School Board

Boards should adopt a formal Board charter that outlines its functions and responsibilities. In establishing a charter, it is important for the Board to set out the key values, principles and ethos of the School as they form the basis for policies and strategy development.

The Charter should include the following information:

  • the Board structure (including number, term, appointment and vacation of Board Member positions)
  • the role of the Chair and Board Members
  • the role of the Principal
  • the conduct of Board meetings (frequency, place, attendance, quorum and cycle
  • format of agendas for Board meetings, Board papers and minutes)
  • the number of committees and their structure and terms of reference
  • the strategy and goal setting processes (including budgets)
  • key performance indicators
  • performance management mechanisms for the Board (including the Chair) and the Principal
  • delegations of authority to the Chair, Board Members, principal or senior management team
  • an outline of the relationship with the broader community and key stakeholders;
  • compliance
  • risk management strategies covering all areas of operation, including occupational health and safety, privacy, physical risk, security and insurance.

These matters are indicative only.  Each School should develop a Charter to specifically meet its own needs.


PDFSample Board Charter