Code of Conduct



The Governing Body accepts the following principles and procedures:


  1. We have responsibility for determining, monitoring and keeping under review the broad policies, plans and procedures within which the schools operate.

  2. We recognise that our Head teachers are responsible for the implementation of policy, management of the schools and the implementation and operation of the curriculum.

  3. We accept that all Governors have equal status, and although appointed by different groups our overriding concern will be the welfare of the schools as a whole.

  4. We have no legal authority to act individually, except when the Governing Body has given us delegated authority to do so.

  5. We have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice, and in so far as we have responsibility for staff, we will fulfil all the legal expectations as, or on behalf of, the employer.

  6. We will encourage open government and shall be seen to be doing so.

  7. We will consider carefully, how our decisions may affect other schools.

  8. Commitment

  9. We acknowledge that accepting office as a governor involves the commitment of significant amounts of time and energy.

  10. We will each involve ourselves actively in the work of the Governing Body, attend regularly and accept our fair share of responsibilities, including service on committees or working groups.

  11. We will get to know the schools well and respond to opportunities to involve ourselves in their activities.

  12. We will consider seriously our individual and collective needs for training and development.

  13. Relationships

  14. We will strive to work as a team.

  15. We will seek to develop effective working relationships with our Head teachers, the Executive Principal, staff, parents, the LA, other relevant agencies and the community.

  16. Confidentiality

  17. We will observe confidentiality regarding proceedings of the Governing Body in meetings and from our visits to the schools as Governors.

  18. We will observe complete confidentiality when required or asked to do so by the Governing Body, especially regarding matters concerning individual staff or students.

  19. We will exercise the greatest prudence if a discussion of a potentially contentious issue affecting any of the schools arises outside the Governing Body.

  20. Conduct

  21. We will encourage the open expression of views at meetings, but accept collective responsibility for all decisions made by the Governing Body or its delegated agents. This means we will not speak out against decisions, in public or private, outside the Governing Body.

  22. We will only speak or act on behalf of the Governing Body when we have been specifically authorised to do so.

  23. In making or responding to criticism or complaints affecting the schools, or the federation, we will follow the procedures established by the Governing Body.

  24. Our visits to any of the schools will be undertaken within the framework established by the Governing Body, in agreement with the Head teacher and staff.

  25. In discharging our duties we will always be mindful of our responsibility to maintain and develop the ethos and reputation of our schools and of The Leek Federation.

  26. Suspension

  27. If the need arises to use the sanction of suspending a Governor, we will do so by following the Procedures Regulations so as to ensure a fair and objective process.

  28. Removal

  29. We recognise that removing a Governor from office is a last resort, and that it is the appointing bodies which have the power to remove those they appoint.

    If the need arises to use the sanction of removing a Governor, we will do so by following the Constitution Regulations so as to ensure a fair and objective process.