What Does the School Board Do?
West Leederville School Board
Previously known as the School Council, the School Board is a body of people dedicated to helping the School achieve the best educational experience and outcomes for our students.
The Board’s role is to take part in establishing and, from time to time:
- Reviewing school objectives, priorities and general policy directions and the financial arrangements to fund these;
- Evaluating school performance in achieving the set objectives and priorities;
- and Endorsing codes of conduct for students at the school.
It determines the School’s long-term plans and oversees the School’s performance.
The Board also has a role in determining the dress code for students in consultation with the School community and promoting WLPS in the wider community. From time to time, it also reviews and approves:
- Charges, responsibility for and contributions towards the provision of certain materials, services and facilities;
- Extra optional components to support educational programs; and
- Any agreements or arrangements for advertising/sponsorship in relation to the school.
However, it’s important to point out that the School Board does NOT take part in any day-to-day management of the School or its staff. For example, it cannot:
- intervene in the control or management of a School;
- intervene in the educational instruction of students;
- exercise authority over teaching staff or other persons employed at the School; or
- intervene in the management or operation of a school fund.
With up to 15 members, the School Board has representatives from the staff, parents and the P&C. We are also able to co-opt members of the local business and community, if their skills or experience are required or would benefit the Board.
We meet twice in each term and members are elected for a three-year term. Positions become available from time to time and a call for nominations for any vacant positions, are advertised through public notice either in the school newsletter or, if it’s a staff position, by announcement at a staff meeting.
Some of the issues that have been on the agenda in the past year have been: achieving our Independent Public School status, monitoring the issue of Shenton College as a feeder school for WLPS students, Strategic planning for the future, a change to school uniform and the school nearing capacity.