8. Structure of the School and Delegation of Powers

The following diagram is a visual representation of the organisational structure and delegation of powers throughout a School. At the top, the School’s constitutional structure is made up of its Members, whose liability is limited to a nominal Guarantee under the School’s founding document.

The practical governance and policy-making of the School is delegated to the School Board. The School Board is effectively led by the Chair. The Board may also wish to establish Committees to maximise efficiency and effectiveness. The day-to-day management and operations of the School are delegated from the Board to the Principal.

Representation of the organisational structure and delegation of powers throughout a School

It is an essential aspect of good governance that clear boundaries exist between the overall governance of the School, which is the responsibility of the Board, and the day-to-day management of the School, which is the responsibility of the Principal and senior management team.

It is pivotal to organisational success and efficiency that the Board does not impose on the duties and authority of the Principal, and vice versa. The success of the School depends largely on the relationships that exist between the School’s key personnel.