Role of the Board
All of New Zealand's state and state-integrated schools have a board of trustees. The board of trustees is the Crown entity responsible for the governance and the control of the management of the school. The board is the employer of all staff in the school, is responsible for setting the school's strategic direction in consultation with parents, staff and students, and ensuring that its school provides a safe environment and quality education for all its students. Boards are also responsible for overseeing the management of personnel, curriculum, property, finance and administration.
s75 Functions and Powers of Boards
- A school's board must perform its functions and exercise its powers in such a way as to ensure that every student at the school is able to attain his or her highest possible standard in educational achievement.
- Except to the extent that any enactments or the general law of New Zealand provides otherwise, a school's board has complete discretion to control the management of the school as it see fit. (Section 75 replaced on 13 June 2013, by section 16 of the Education Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 34)).
- Subject to any enactment, the general law of New Zealand, and the school's charter, a school's board may make for the school any bylaws the board thinks necessary or desirable for the control and management of the school.
- A school's principal is the board's chief executive in relation to the school's control and management.
- Except to the extent that any enactment, or the general law of New Zealand, provides otherwise, the principal:
- shall comply with the board's general policy directions; and
- subject to paragraph (1), has complete discretion to manage, as the principal thinks fit, the school's day-to-day administration.