The main recruitment of school committee members happens at the parish elections every November, but occasional by-elections do come up.
Currently, St Pierre du Bois is looking for a school committee member. To find out more, contact the parish office.
School committees are not the same as Parent Teacher Associations (PTA). They are part of the management structure for the schools on the island and were created by the Education Law and the Education (Schools Committees) Ordinance in 1970.
The majority of school committee members are elected representatives from the parishes that make up the school’s catchment area. There is also one States member who is appointed to represent the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture (ESC). The head teacher of the school also attends.
Long-term, ESC is proposing to replace school committees with school governors. When that time comes, school committee members will be encouraged to become governors.
School committees usually meet once a term. They are responsible for:
- maintenance of the school buildings
- inspecting premises, furniture and equipment
- reporting repairs to ESC
The head teacher will be fully on top of these issues, so the role of the school committee is to review and support their work.
Committee members assist in the recruitment of a new head teacher or deputy head teacher, as required.
You can also get involved in the life of the school, if you wish, attending school fetes and other events.
Want to know more? Read Jo May’s description of her role on the Castel school committee.