Standing Orders

Standing orders for procedural workings of the governing board of
Ingleton Primary School

1. Meetings of the governing board

The governing board shall meet 3 times each school year. (Note: governing boards are legally required to meet at least 3 times per school year)

2. Chair and Vice-Chair – Term of Office

The chair and vice-chair shall have a term of office of one year. The term shall begin at the first governing board meeting of the autumn term at which the chair and vice-chair are normally elected and shall end at the first meeting following the first anniversary of their election. In the event of the chair and/or vice-chair ceasing to occupy their post(s) part way through their respective term(s) of office then their successor(s) shall serve out the remainder of their
predecessor’s term. When the office of chair or vice-chair becomes vacant the governing board must elect a new chair or vice-chair at the next meeting. If the chair is absent from a meeting, or if the chair is vacant, the vice-chair will act as chair for all purposes.

3. Election of Chair and Vice-Chair

The clerk shall take the chair for the item dealing with the election of the chair and, in the event of a failure to elect a chair, for the item dealing with the election of the vice-chair. In the event of the governing board failing to elect a chair or a vice-chair the governing board shall elect a chair for the meeting. In the event of the governing board failing to elect a chair for the meeting then the meeting shall stand adjourned and the clerk, acting in consultation with the immediate past chair and the head teacher, shall convene a further meeting within 28 days of the adjournment.

4. Election of Chair and Vice-Chair – procedure

(Note: Unless the chair and/or vice-chair have been elected for a longer period the election of the chair and vice-chair takes place at the first meeting of the governing board held in the autumn term. Governing boards are free to adapt the following procedure to suit their own needs.)

The following procedure shall apply to the election of the chair and vice-chair:

  • the clerk shall invite nominations from the meeting. A governor may nominate him/herself;
  • if only one candidate is nominated that candidate must withdraw from the meeting whilst the remaining governors vote by secret ballot on whether to accept or reject the nominated candidate. In the event of an equality of votes the clerk does not have a casting vote and a “no decision” shall be recorded in the minutes;
  • the clerk shall then invite further nominations from the meeting. If a further candidate is nominated but the result is the same, or the candidate is rejected, the clerk shall move on to the election of the vice-chair. The election of the chair shall then be placed as an item on the agenda for the
    next meeting of the governing board;
  • if two candidates are nominated then both nominated candidates shall withdraw from the meeting whilst a secret ballot takes place. The chair shall be elected by a simple majority of the votes cast. In the event of each candidate polling the same number of votes then the successful candidate shall be decided by the toss of a coin;
  • if 3 or more candidates are nominated and none of the candidates achieves a simple majority of the votes cast (e.g. 5.3.3.) then there shall be a second secret ballot to try to achieve a candidate with a simple majority (e.g. 6.3.2.) or, failing that, the candidate with the fewest votes (e.g. 5.4.2.) shall be eliminated;
  • the unsuccessful candidate may then return to the meeting and a further secret ballot takes place between the two remaining candidates;
  • following his/her election the chair shall take over the meeting immediately and conduct the election of the vice-chair using the same procedure.
  • if the governing board fails to elect a chair or a vice-chair it shall elect a chair for the meeting;
  • if the meeting fails to elect a chair for the meeting then the meeting shall stand adjourned and shall be re-convened within no more than 28 days.

5. Annual Calendar of Meetings and Business

At the first meeting of the autumn term the governing board shall approve a calendar of governing board and committee meetings and of planned business for the ensuing year and the clerk shall, within 14 days, of the meeting provide a copy of the calendar to all members of the governing board.

6. Notice of Meetings and Agenda

Every member of the governing board shall receive the following at least seven clear days in advance of a meeting:

  • written notice of the meeting;
  • a copy of the agenda for the meeting;
  • a copy of any reports or papers to be considered at the meeting.

This standing order shall not apply where the chair of the governing board so determines on the ground that there are matters demanding urgent consideration. In that case the written notice of the meeting shall state that fact and the agenda, reports and other papers to be considered at the meeting are received within such shorter period, as the chair shall direct.

Where the governing board agree, notice can be sent by email but this should be discussed in the FGB and a protocol agreed. Governors who have shared family emails should set up one for themselves which is not accessed by other family members and all aspects of confidentiality should be discussed.

7. Agenda Items

With the agreement of the chair of the governing board or of the relevant committee any member of the governing board shall be entitled to include, on the agenda for any governing board or committee meeting, an item(s) on any particular issue provided that written notice thereof is given, as appropriate, to the chair of the governing board, or of the relevant committee and to the clerk at least 14 days prior to the meeting taking place.

8. Quorum

  • the quorum for a meeting of the governing board shall be not less than 50% of the number of governors in post at the time of the meeting or such other number as may be determined from time to time by regulations issued by the Department for Education;
  • the quorum for a meeting of any committee of the governing board shall be at least three (3) governors who are members of that committee;
  • associate members shall not be included in the calculation for quorum purposes.

9. Voting

  • every proposition shall be seconded prior to the vote being taken;
  • every proposition shall be determined by a show of hands or, at the discretion of the chair of the meeting, by general consensus;
  • only those governors at the meeting and present in the room at the time of the proposition being put by the chair shall be entitled to vote; (please note the one exception to this is a vote to change the name of the school where ALL governors would be required to vote and for this reason a proxy vote is allowed, this would also require the school to adopt the 2012 School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations)
  • in the event of a tied vote the chair shall have a second or casting vote;
  • after a proposition is put from the chair, but before the vote is taken, any two governors by show of hands may require that the voting be recorded in the minutes of the meeting to show whether each governor present gave his/her vote for or against the proposition or abstained from voting. It is recommended that this would be a confidential minute;
  • after a proposition is put from the chair, but before the vote is taken, any two governors by show of hands may require that the voting shall be by secret ballot;
  • in the event of requisitions for both a secret ballot and a recorded vote then the requisition for the secret ballot shall take precedence and no action shall be taken on the requisition for a recorded vote.

10. Confidential Matters

Prior to the consideration of, or discussion on, any matter on any agenda for a meeting of the governing board or of any committee, consideration shall be given as to whether the matter includes confidential information. The governing board or committee shall determine whether the public or any other person, not being a member of the governing board, should be excluded from the meeting during the consideration of the matter. In the event of any matter being deemed to be confidential then the minutes of the discussion and decision shall be excluded from the minutes of the meeting to be made available for public inspection. This standing order is additional to the requirement for governors to withdraw from a meeting and take no part in the consideration or voting on any item in which they have a declarable interest as required by standing order 18.

11. Minutes of Meetings

The draft minutes of all governing board and committee meetings shall be approved by the chair of the meeting within 14 days of the meeting having taken place. Thereafter the approved draft governing board minutes shall be circulated to all members of the governing board within 21 days of the meeting having taken place or with the agenda for the next meeting of the governing board/committee. The minutes of committee meetings shall be circulated with the agenda for the next succeeding governing board meeting.

All non-confidential minutes shall be made available for public inspection only after they have been submitted for approval to the next succeeding meeting of the governing board or committee, as appropriate.

12. Record of Attendance

Every governor attending a meeting of the governing board or of any of its committees of which s/he is a member shall sign her/his name in the attendance book or sheet provided for that purpose.

13. Apologies for Non-Attendance at Meetings of the Governing Board

All apologies together with the reason(s) for non-attendance at a meeting of the governing board shall be submitted to the clerk or to the chair not later than the commencement of the meeting. The governing board shall then determine whether such absence(s) should be treated as a ‘consented’ or ‘non-consented’ absence(s) and recorded as such in the minutes of the meeting. The failure to submit an apology shall be deemed to be a ‘non-consented’ absence and recorded as such in the minutes of the meeting.

14. Disqualification for Non-Attendance

Any governor, with the exception of the head teacher, who fails to attend any meeting of the governing board for a consecutive period of 6 months without the approval of the governing board, and such approval being recorded in the minutes, shall be automatically disqualified from serving as a governor. The period of 6 months shall begin from the date of the first meeting missed by the governor. Foundation (but not ex-officio foundation) governors, community governors, partnership governors or sponsor governors so disqualified shall not be eligible for nomination, election or re-appointment as a governor of any category for a period of 12 months immediately following his/her disqualification. Parent or staff governors are eligible for nomination and election (or appointment in the case of parent governors) immediately following their disqualification.

15. Records of the Governing Board

The clerk to the governing board shall be responsible for maintaining and keeping up to date the records of the governing board, which for the purpose of this standing order shall comprise the following:

  • the minutes of the meetings of the governing board and it’s committees;
  • the record of attendance;
  • the register of business interests;
  • the record of hospitality/gifts;
  • copies of DBS information;
  • copies of self-declaration forms to confirm that governors are not disqualified for any of the criteria listed;
  • any such other records as may be determined from time to time by formal resolution of the governing board.

The records of the governing board shall be kept in a secure place provided at the school and shall be available for inspection by the public, members of the governing board, parents of pupils at the school and the Local Authority. Confidential items and confidential minutes shall not be made available for public inspection.

16. Register of Business Interests

Every governor shall complete the register of business interests within one month of their election/appointment as a governor. Entries in the register shall be updated as and when necessary and in any event annually. In the event of any governor having no registerable business interests then a NIL return shall be recorded for that governor(s).

17. Conduct

All Members of the governing board shall abide by the The Nolan Principles on Public Life as
follows:

  • Selflessness – holders of public office should take decisions solely in terms of the public
    interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for
    themselves their family, or their friends;
  • Integrity – holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other
    obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might influence them in the
    performance of their official duties;
  • Objectivity – in carrying out public business; including making public appointments,
    awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits; holders of
    public office should make choices on merit;
  • Accountability – holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to
    the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office;
  • Openness – holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions
    and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict
    information only when the wider public interest clearly demands;
  • Honesty – holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to
    their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects
    the public interest;
  • Leadership – holders of public office should promote and support these principles by
    leadership and example.

18. Declarations of Interest

If any member of the governing board has any interest, whether pecuniary or otherwise,
in any item on the agenda for any meeting at which they are present, they shall declare
such interest prior to the consideration of that item and shall immediately leave the
room and take no part in the consideration of or voting on that item.

19. Urgent Action by the Chair/Vice-Chair of the Governing Board

Where it is not reasonably practical to hold a meeting of the governing board (or of the relevant
committee that has the delegated authority to deal with any matter) or where the relevant 7
days notice of the meeting cannot be given and there will be a delay that would be seriously
harmful to the school or to any pupil or member of staff if the matter is not dealt with then the
chair (or in their absence the vice-chair) shall have authority to take such action as is deemed
appropriate in the circumstances to deal with the matter. Such action must be reported to the
next available meeting of the governing board or committee.

20. Financial and Other Guidance

The governing board and any committee(s) established by it shall, at all times, abide by the North Yorkshire County Council Financial Standing Orders and any directions that may be issued by the Children and Young People’s Service (LA) under The Code of Practice on Local Education Authority – School Relations, Ref.: Def. 0027/2001 and any subsequent amendment thereto. The governing board shall also have regard to and take account of any advice or guidance that may be issued by the LA from time to time.

21. Variation and Revocation of Standing Orders

Any motion to add to, vary or revoke these standing orders unless appearing in full on the agenda for the meeting shall when proposed and seconded stand adjourned without discussion to the next ordinary meeting of the governing board. Any decision to add to, vary or revoke standing orders shall take effect when specified in the resolution or immediately in default of a time and date being specified.

22. Interpretation of Standing Orders

The ruling of the chair as to the construction or application of any of these standing orders, or as to any proceedings of the governing board, shall be final and shall not be challenged at any meeting of the governing board or committee.

23. Associate Members

Any reference in these standing orders to a governor shall, where the context so admits, include associate members.

If you have any queries about information in this booklet please contact:
Governor Support Services
Tel: 01609 532936 email: [email protected]


Headteacher: Mrs J Colledge
Low Demesne, Ingleton, Nr. Carnforth, Lancashire, LA6 3DY.      Tel. 015242 41592 Fax: 015242 41663
Website : www.ingleton-pri.n-yorks.sch.uk      E-mail : [email protected]