The St Francis Board of Trustees helps to make sure the school is run in the best interests of the students and its community.
A school’s board needs to be able to assure the government that:
- the students in the school are receiving a high quality standard of education
- national priorities for school education are being addressed in the school
- the resources are being used prudently to ensure the highest possible quality programmes are provided for students.
The board’s role is to:
- ensure the school has a clear sense of purpose by establishing its strategic objectives, documenting these objectives in a school charter, and monitoring progress in achieving these objectives
- set priorities and goals for improvement of learning and achievement in the school
- seek assurance from the management (principal and senior staff) that the programmes being implemented in the school can achieve the goals
- monitor the school’s performance against student achievement outcomes
- seek assurance from the school’s management that the school’s resources are being used optimally to deliver the agreed outcomes, ensuring, for example, that resources are available to ensure the knowledge and skills of the teachers are up to date
- be accountable for the exercise of decision-making rights.