As a private and independent school, Lycée International Winston Churchill is governed by a Board of Governors whose roles and duties are prescribed by British law and good practice guidelines set by NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools). Board members volunteer their time, are not compensated, claim no expenses, and do not receive any financial benefit from the School.
Fiduciary responsibility rests with the Board of Governors as they are responsible for the overall stewardship of the School, including establishing the School’s direction and priorities (its strategic development) and overseeing its financial and administrative functions. The Governors work closely with the Head of School to ensure the overall success of the School. The day-to-day running of the Lycée is the responsibility of the Head of School and the Leadership Team.
The Board is comprised of 10 Governors from various community stakeholder groups, including current parents. Board members are selected based on their capability to dedicate time and energy to the school, their representation of school and community stakeholders, and the match between their skills and resources and those needed for effective governance of the School, including expertise in education, facilities development, finance, fundraising, human resources, information technology and law. The Board holds 5 to 6 board meetings during the school year and more than 20 Committee meetings. Special meetings are also organised as and when required. In addition to Development, Finance, Health & Safety, Governance, Safeguarding, Communications and Curriculum Committees, ad hoc committees may be formed at the Board’s discretion.
A Conseil d’Établissement (School Council) associate of elected parent representatives, students and staff debates aspects of daily school life. It is separate from the Board of Governors.
As guiding principles, the Board has adopted the NAIS Principles of Good Practice for Boards and for Individual Trustees. These principles provide common views on the responsibilities of private independent school boards as well as those of the individual trustees.