Board of Trustees Code of Ethics

The Board is committed to ethical conduct in all areas of its responsibilities and authority.

Trustees shall:

  • Ensure the needs of all students and their achievements are paramount
  • Respect the integrity of the principal and staff
  • Be loyal to the organisation and its mission
  • Observe the confidentiality of non-public information acquired in their role as trustees and not disclose to any other persons such information that might be harmful to the school
  • Be diligent and attend board meetings prepared for full and appropriate participation in decision making
  • Speak with one voice – collective responsibility – through its adopted policies, practices and decisions and ensure that any disagreements with the Board’s stance are resolved within the Board
  • Ensure that individual trustees do not act independently of the Board’s decisions
  • Recognise the lack of authority in any individual trustee or subgroup of the board in any interaction with the principal or staff (without the written delegated authority of the Board)
  • Recognise that only a trustee with the written delegated authority of the board – normally the Chairperson – can speak for the Board
  • Avoid any conflicts of interest with respect to their fiduciary responsibility
  • Continually self-monitor their individual performance as trustees against policies and against any other current board evaluation tools.