Re-focusing the School Board

Somewhere High School’s Board has 16 members, the majority of whom are either past pupils or past parents.  The youngest member is 63 years old and all bar two have been on the board for at least 6 years.  They all give generously of their time and are fully committed to the school and its success.  As a Board, however, they have decided that they should review their effectiveness, conscious that the current position may not be sustainable.  In particular, the Board members feel they need a better understanding of the competitive environment, the characteristics of outstanding schools and the High School’s preparedness to meet the challenges which they recognise they will face over the next 3 or 4 years.

After spending time together in preparation, it is agreed that MarlowJones will facilitate a programme which involves a survey of Board members and senior executives, individual review meetings and an Away Day.

The aim of the programme is to assist the Board in making decisions about itself and how it governs the school.  Amongst other matters, the agenda will cover:

  • Succession planning, an audit of Board skills, experience and capabilities
  • Confirmation and clarification of the school’s ethos and key strategic aims
  • A review of the competitive market, the challenges for the school, the range of potential responses available for consideration
  • Planning to ensure the Board has internal mechanisms which allow it to review both its own functioning and its forward plans on a regular basis