Functions and Roles of the Governing Body
The role of Governors is strategic, not operational and can be summarised as follows:
- Ensuring the school operates according to its constitution;
- Setting the school's vision and aims
- Establishing and maintaining the school’s ethos
- Setting the school’s plans and policies
- Monitoring and evaluating school performance
- Promoting self-evaluation to sustain school improvement
- Appointing the Head, Chaplain, and Bursar
The Governing Body does not control or manage the day-to-day running of the school. That is the role of the Headmaster and his Senior Leadership Team. For example, decisions such as whether to admit pupils to be educated at St David’s, discipline, and the appointment of staff are vested exclusively in the Headmaster, not the Governing Body. The Governing Body supports the Headmaster, monitor his performance, and ensures that the Headmaster is implementing agreed policies and strategies.
Governing Body Meetings
The Main Board meetings happen once a term. In addition to this there are also three Sub-Committees that also meet termly, normally 2-3 weeks before the Main Board:
- Education (including pastoral, safeguarding, and chaplaincy)
Other meetings or conference calls are arranged as required.
The Constitution of the Governing Body
St David’s College is a registered charity and the members of the Board of Governors are all Trustees. They have a legal duty to act in accordance with well-defined rules and principles that reflect their status as Trustees. They are also Members and Directors of St David’s College Trust (Llandudno) Limited (a registered company) however, in both roles, they are still commonly referred to as Governors.
View our legal constitution here
All Governors are volunteers who receive no remuneration for serving on the Board and its committees.
Selection of Governors
The Governing Body seeks to ensure that at all times there is an appropriate spread of skills and expertise represented on the Board in order to properly discharge its duties. All governors are DBS checked, and once appointed undertake a formal induction and training programme to ensure they are equipped so St David’s benefits from their contribution
View our policy for selecting Governors