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Constitution for Non-Statutory Governors’ Committees
- A committee shall consist of not less than three members of the governing body.
- The membership and terms of reference of the committee shall be decided by at least two thirds (rounded up) of the current membership of the governing body.
- The membership of the committee may include non-governors at the discretion of the full governing body.
- These are currently restricted to the following:
- Resources Committee – the School Business Manager and Premises Officer.
- The governing body has decided that non-governors may not vote.
- The headteacher is entitled to attend any meeting of any committee.
- Other members of the governing body may attend any meeting of any committee but they may not contribute unless invited to do so and may not vote.
- Where there is a conflict between the interests of an individual member of the committee and the interests of the governing body, or where the principles of natural justice require a fair hearing and there is any reasonable doubt about the person’s ability to act impartially, s/he should physically withdraw from the meeting and not vote.
- The chairman of the committee has the casting (or second) vote.
- The governing body may abolish a committee or withdraw its delegated powers.
- The Committees shall, each school year, at their first meeting or as soon thereafter as is possible, elect a chairman for each committee and, if possible, a vice chairman. All governors are eligible for these offices. If the chairman and vice chair are absent from a meeting a governor may be elected to take the chair.
- Members of the governing body are entitled to seven days notice of a committee meeting and to receive an agenda. A shorter timescale may be given if the committee chairman decides the issue needs urgent attention.
- Minutes of all committee meetings must be kept and must be available for inspection.
- The committee will report (recommendations and/or decisions) to the full governing body.
- Committee chairs are responsible for calling meetings and preparing agendas.