Is it acceptable for the Chair of Governors, code of conduct

(31 Posts)
BonnyBobbyShafto Wed 19-Feb-14 16:20:06

Please can someone in the know, give me their thoughts on my concerns.

The chair of Governors at my daughter's school is in a sexual relationship with the head teacher at her school.

I cannot think this is acceptable! If I am correct, and this is not acceptable, what should I do, given that I cannot confront the head or chair?

ABofDoncaster Wed 19-Feb-14 22:32:03

I personally think it could be an issue because of safeguarding procedures.

If a child makes an allegation about a member of staff to another member of staff, that person has to go straight to the headteacher.

If, however, a child makes an allegation about the headteacher to a member of staff, that person then has to go straight to the Chair of Governors.

Although hopefully highly unlikely, if the HT and CoG are in a personal relationship, this scenario could cause difficulties down the line.

bigkerfuffle Wed 19-Feb-14 22:35:10

I too think that the Chair should step down. I expect some parents and pupils would have a field day if they were aware of this.

Also, there definitely is a conflict of interest. If a parent complained about the Head to the Chair then how would that be dealt with? Governing Bodies support the Head whatever so with this added relationship I wouldn't expect any complaint to be dealt with impartially at all.

lougle Wed 19-Feb-14 22:40:26

Our CoG is not on the performance management panel.

bigkerfuffle Wed 19-Feb-14 22:45:06

In actual fact when I did once make a complaint about certain actions taken by the Head the Chair was extremely defensive. So much so that I was threatened that if I ever raised the issue again or spoke to anyone there would be legal action taken against me. hmm

I think you really should raise the issue with the council so that they are aware that parents know about this and are becoming concerned.

mymatemax Wed 19-Feb-14 22:46:39

yes chair should step down, there is a conflict of opinion as could impact on chairs ability to act for the good of the school and as oversight on the decision making of the school management.
If you have reason to believe it to be true & post on a public forum then maybe you should discuss your concerns with them both.

nlondondad Thu 20-Feb-14 18:31:35

yes, Chair should step down as chair. I write as a former chair of governors, I did it for eight years, and yes the relationsip between the Chair and the Head is an odd one, and does involve a significant number of one to one meetings, so I can see how if a Chair were single and a Head single a relationship could develop, but if it did essential the Chair stand down, as chair, at once.

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