Governance at St Michael’s
St Michael’s International School is governed by a two-tier structure of Board of Trustees and Council.
The Board is ultimately responsible for strategic decisions concerning the management of the school and also for the appointment of the Head. The Council acts as an advisory body to the Board. Reports are made in Council meetings and final decisions voted upon in Board meetings on matters such as policy and the annual budget. Council members include alumni, professionals in the field of education and business, British Consulate representation, parents and teachers.
The St Michael’s International School Board of Trustees and Council guides the School in all strategic, financial and non-operational matters. St Michael’s International School, once a church-run school, but now independent and under legal and accreditation requirements, employs the traditional ‘Self-Perpetuating Corporate Model’. The Board of Trustees and Council meet jointly to discuss all matters. The purpose of the Board and Council, on behalf of the School, is to ensure that St Michael’s International School achieves its vision and mission and avoids unacceptable actions and situations. In carrying out its work, the Board and Council will take into full consideration the interests of its students, parents, staff, supporting mission institutions, donors and community partners.
The Board and Council deal with matters such as professionalism, community, strategic planning, performance, accreditation, facilities, marketing, mission, finance and alumni, focusing on long-term strategy. Much of this work is delegated to committees.
The Board and Council are guided by:
• The Acts of Endowment
• The St Michael’s International School By-Laws
and The International Schools Accreditation standards as stipulated by the Council of International Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges and other British associations to which the School belongs.
Council meetings are held in October, December, February, April and June, followed by Board meetings when necessary to approve recommendations and at least three times a year. In intervening months, committee meetings are held and results brought to the Council with recommendations.
School Governance Vision.
The School Board of Trustees and Council aim to deliver quality educational standards by continuous improvement, as part of the accreditation process.
• Financial stability
• Branding and image of the school
• Enrolment continuity
• Strategic maintenance of facilities
• Quality staff
• Community links