All government schools in Western Australia are encouraged to have a School Board. They are legally formed bodies that are given authority to set the key directions of a school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, a School Board is able to directly influence the quality of education the school provides for its students.
The functions of School Board are to take part in:
- Establishing and reviewing from time to time, the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions,
- The planning of financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and directions,
- Evaluating the school’s performance in achieving them
- Formulating codes of conduct for students at the school.
- Determine, in consultation with students, their parents and staff a dress code for students when they are attending or representing the school
- Promote the school in the community.
The School Board approves:
- charges and contributions for the provision of certain materials, services and facilities
- extra cost optional components of educational programs
- items to be supplied by a student for personal use in an educational program, and
- any agreements or arrangements for advertising or sponsorship in relation to the school.
The School Board is essentially a decision making group. It represents the school community in the process of school planning and policy development.