Relationship between Chair and Principal


Adopted 17th June 2019

Next review date February 2024 and triennially thereafter.

Policy Statement

The Chair is the leader of the BOT and works on behalf of the BOT on a day-to-day basis with the Principal.


To ensure the school is governed and managed effectively and professionally.

Procedural Guidelines

The relationship principles are to be read in line with the following:

1. The BOT’s agreed governance and management definitions

2. The BOT’s Roles and Responsibilities Policy

3. The Responsibilities of the Principal Policy

4. The Chair’s Role Description Policy

5. The Trustees’ Code of Behaviour Policy

Relationship principles:

A positive, productive working relationship between the Principal and the Chair is both central and vital to the school.

This relationship is based on mutual trust and respect.

The two must work as a team and there should be no surprises.

The relationship must be professional.

Each must be able to counsel the other on performance concerns.

The Chair supports the Principal and vice versa when required and appropriate.

There is understanding/acceptance of each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

Each agrees not to undermine the other’s authority.

There is agreement to be honest with each other.

Each agrees and accepts the need to follow policy and procedures.

Agree not to hold back relevant information.

Agree and understand the Chair has no authority except that granted by the BOT.

Understand that the Chair and Principal should act as sounding boards, both supporting and challenging in order to hold the school to account for achieving the goals and targets that have been set.

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