Governors Instrument of Governance

INSTRUMENT OF GOVERNMENT:

VOLUNTARY AIDED CE SCHOOLS

St. Thomas a Becket Church of England Voluntary Aided School was founded in 1874. According to our Trust Deed, the school came into being as “a school for the education of poor persons of and in the parish of Tilshead and Chitterne in religious and useful knowledge”. Our original Trust Deed is reflected nowadays in our Church of England Voluntary Aided status, granted under the 1944 Education Act.

1) The name of the school is St. Thomas a Becket Church of England Voluntary Aided School.

2) The school is a voluntary aided school.

3) The name of the governing body is ‘The Governing Body of St. Thomas a Becket Church of England Voluntary Aided School’.

4) The Governing Body shall consist of:
a) 2 parent governors

b) 2 staff governors (including the head teacher)

c) 1 local authority governor

d) 8 foundation governors

5) The total number of governors will be 13.

6) Foundation Governors – The Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education shall appoint the foundation governors in consultation with the Parochial Church Council of the parishes or ecclesiastical district in the area served by the school.

7) The holder of the following office shall be a foundation governor ex-officio:
The Principal Officiating Minister of the parish or ecclesiastical district in
the area served by the school.
a) The Archdeacon of the Archdeaconry in which the school is situated shall appoint afoundation governor to act in the place of the ex-officio foundation governor whose governorship derives from the office named in (a) above, in the event that the ex-officio foundation governor is unable or unwilling to act as a foundation governor, or has been removed from office under regulation 23(2) of the Regulations.

8) The Archdeacon of the Archdeaconry in which the school is situated is entitled to request the removal of any ex-officio foundation governor and to appoint any substitute governor.

9) The school has a Trust.

10) The ethos statement of the school is: “Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England in in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level. The school aims to serve the community by providing education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience we offer all its pupils”.

11) This instrument of government came into effect on 16th September 2014.

12) This instrument was made by order Wiltshire Council on 4th October 2014.