The role of the School Board is a diverse one but its primary role is to establish and review the school’s objectives, priorities and policy directions. The role of the Board is to hold the school to account for its performance on behalf of the Minister for Education, the Director General of Education and the local community. In its advisory capacity, the School Board advises the Principal about the local community context, reviews the allocation of resources and funding to meet the business plan targets. Examples of Board responsibilities include approval of voluntary school contributions, school dress code and book list items. Essentially, it is a way for parents and the community to be involved in school decision making and the strategic direction of the school.
The School Board is not involved in the day-to-day running of the school, for example, staff performance, student assessment or issues relating to individual interest groups, and distinct from the P&C, the Board is not involved in fundraising or purchasing resources for the school.