The Clerk is the official channel of communication to and from the Governing Body.
The Clerk will:
- notify the Governors’ Support Service to convene meetings
- take Governing Body meeting Minutes
- maintain attendance records
- offer procedural advice and guidance during and between meetings
- follow up action as required
- ensure that meeting Minutes and agendas are provided to the Governors’ Support Service for distribution
- ensure that all members of the Governing Body are properly informed and are able to play a full part in the work of the Governing Body
- notify the Governors’ Support Service as soon as possible when Governors are appointed, resign or change address.
Governing Body meetings
Governing Bodies of all schools have to meet as a full board of Governors, by law, at least three times a year (usually once a term).
Meetings are held to guide strategy, review the performance of the school, consider and discuss any problems, make decisions and fulfil the statutory obligations of the Governing Body.
Before the meeting
The agenda and supporting papers for the meeting will be sent to you at least seven days before the meeting by the Governors’ Support Service.
Each term a Clerks' briefing will be held by the Governors’ Support Service which will go through those items that are common on all Governing Body agendas for that term. This will provide you with an opportunity to clarify any issues that you are not clear about.
It is important that the Clerk has fully read the papers prior to the meeting.
Before attending the meeting the Clerk will be provided with the Attendance Sheet, ‘Gold Sheet’ and any other additional documentation from the Governors’ Support Service.
At the meeting
The Clerk should:
- arrive promptly to ensure the room is laid out appropriately
- make contact with the Chair or, if the Chair is absent, arrange for the Vice-Chair to lead the meeting. If both the Chair and Vice-Chair are absent, then the Governing Body must elect another Chair for the meeting
- ensure that the meeting is quorate (50 percent of the full Governing Body excluding vacancies)
- record the names of all those present, including any non-Governors or observers, using the Attendance Sheet
- record any apologies provided and whether the apologies were accepted by the Governing Body
- ensure the Minutes of the previous meeting are checked for accuracy and signed off by the Chair following approval
- record any pecuniary or business interests declared at the meeting
- record discussions, decisions and votes taken on each agenda item
- provide advice and guidance in relation to procedural issues, precedents and previous decisions as necessary
- ensure a date is agreed for the next meeting and that this is communicated to any Governors who were not present at the meeting
- complete any relevant information on the ‘Gold Sheet’ and return this to the Governors' Support Service as soon as possible
If a Governor fails to attend a full Governing Body meeting, without the consent of the Governing Body, for a period a six months starting with the date of the meeting first missed, they can be removed from office by reason of non-attendance.