Warrington School/Board Of Trustees/The Relationship between the Chair and the Principal Policy

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The Relationship between the Chairperson and the Principal Policy

The chairperson is the leader of the board and works on behalf of the board on a day to day basis with the principal.

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

  • The board’s agreed governance and management definitions
  • The board’s Roles & Responsibilities Policy
  • The Responsibilities of the Principal Policy
  • The Chairperson’s Role Policy
  • 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 agree not to undermine the other’s authority.
  • There is agreement to be honest with each other.
  • Each agree and accept the need to follow policy and procedures.
  • Agree not to hold back relevant information.
  • Agree and understand that the chair has no authority except that granted by the board.

• Understand that the chair should act as a sounding board for the principal both supporting and challenging in order to hold the school to account for achieving the goals and targets that have been set.

Review schedule: 3 yearly