Relationship Between the Board and Principal Policy


Adopted 17th June 2019

Reviewed February 2022

The next review date is February 2025

Policy Statement

The performance of the school depends significantly on the effectiveness of this relationship and as such a positive, productive working relationship must be developed and maintained. The BOT and the Principal form the leadership team and as such clear role definitions have been developed. The “NAG 3.2 Responsibilities of the Principal Policy” and “NAG 2.2 The Board’s Roles and Responsibilities Policy” along with the BOT’s agreed Code of Conduct should be read alongside this policy.



The relationship is based on mutual respect, trust, and integrity.

The Principal reports to the BOT as a whole rather than to individual trustees.

Day-to-day relationships between the BOT and the Principal are delegated to the Chair.

All reports presented to the BOT by the staff (unless specifically requested by the BOT) arrive there with the Principal’s approval and the Principal is accountable for the contents.

There are clear delegations and accountabilities by the BOT to the Principal through policy.

Neither party will deliberately hold back information.

Neither party will knowingly misinform the other.

The BOT must maintain independence from the Principal in order to fulfill its role. The BOT is there to critique and challenge the information that comes to it, acting in the best interests of students at the school.

The Principal should be able to share their biggest concerns and greatest achievements with the BOT.

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