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The Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 1993

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PART IIISCHEDULE 6 TO THE 1986 ORDER, AS SUBSTITUTED

Article 11(4).

SCHEDULE 6MEMBERSHIP OF BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF VOLUNTARY GRAMMAR SCHOOL ENTERING INTO AGREEMENT WITH DEPARTMENT

1.(1) The trustees of a voluntary grammar school shall, notwithstanding anything in any instrument of government of the school, have power to enter into—

(a)an agreement with the Department that paragraph 4 shall apply in relation to the membership of the Board of Governors of the school; or

(b)an agreement with the Department that paragraph 5 shall apply in relation to the membership of the Board of Governors of the school.

(2) An agreement under sub-paragraph (1)(a) or (b) shall provide that the Head of the Department, before making an appointment to the Board of Governors of the school under paragraph 4 or 5 (as the case may be), shall consult the Board of Governors of the school and the board for the area in which the school is situated and may consult any other board which he considers appropriate.

(3) An agreement under sub-paragraph (1) shall have effect to terminate any prior agreement in force under that sub-paragraph.

2.(1) The trustees of a voluntary grammar school in relation to which an agreement is in force under paragraph 1(1) shall, notwithstanding anything in any instrument of government of the school, have power to enter into an agreement, approved by the Department, with one or more than one board conferring on the board or boards concerned the right to appoint members to the Board of Governors of the school—

(a)in accordance with paragraph 4(2)(b)(i), where an agreement under paragraph 1(1)(a) is in force in relation to the school;

(b)in accordance with paragraph 5(2)(b)(i), where an agreement under paragraph 1(1)(b) is in force in relation to the school.

(2) The termination (otherwise than under paragraph 1(3)) of an agreement under paragraph 1(1) in relation to a school shall have effect to terminate any agreement under this paragraph then in force in relation to the school.

3.(1) Where an agreement under paragraph 1(1)(a) is in force in relation to a school, paragraph 4 shall apply in relation to the membership of the Board of Governors of the school.

(2) Where an agreement under paragraph 1(1)(b) is in force in relation to a school, paragraph 5 shall apply in relation to the membership of the Board of Governors of the school.

4.(1) Where this paragraph applies in relation to the membership of the Board of Governors of a voluntary grammar school, the Board of Governors shall, notwithstanding anything in any instrument of government of the school, consist of—

(a)9, 18, 27 or 36 persons (in this paragraph referred to as voting members);

(b)the principal of the school who shall be entitled to attend and take part in meetings of the Board of Governors but not to vote on any question; and

(c)persons co-opted under Articles 122 and 139 of the 1989 Order who shall be entitled to attend and take part in meetings of the Board of Governors but not to vote on any question.

(2) Of the voting members of the Board of Governors—

(a)four-ninths shall be appointed as provided by the scheme of management and at least one of the persons so appointed shall, at the time of his appointment, be a parent of a pupil attending the school;

(b)one-third shall be appointed—

(i)where an agreement under paragraph 2 is in force in relation to the school, by the Head of the Department and the board or boards concerned in accordance with an agreement made between the Head of the Department and the board or boards concerned;

(ii)in any other case, by the Head of the Department;

(c)one-ninth shall be elected by parents of pupils attending the school from amongst parents of such pupils;

(d)one-ninth shall be elected by assistant teachers at the school from amongst such assistant teachers.

(3) Subject to sub-paragraph (4), persons elected to the Board of Governors under sub-paragraph (2)(c) and (d) shall hold office for a period of four years from the date on which they were elected.

(4) If a person referred to in sub-paragraph (3) ceases to hold office before the end of the period referred to in that sub-paragraph, any person elected to replace him shall hold office only for the remainder of that period.

(5) The Board of Governors shall, with the approval of the Department, make arrangements for the election of persons under sub-paragraph (2)(c) and (d) and such arrangements shall ensure that any vote taken for the purpose of any such election shall be by secret ballot.

(6) Where under any instrument of government of a school assets of a capital nature held for the purposes of or in connection with the school are vested in the Board of Governors of the school, the persons elected to the Board of Governors of the school under sub-paragraph (2)(c) and (d) shall, unless the other members of the Board of Governors otherwise determine, not be entitled to attend or take part in any meeting of the Board of Governors whenever a matter relating to the acquisition, disposal or management of such assets is being discussed or to vote on any question relating to such a matter.

5.(1) Where this paragraph applies in relation to the membership of the Board of Governors of a voluntary grammar school, the Board of Governors shall, notwithstanding anything in any instrument of government of the school, consist of—

(a)10, 18, 27 or 36 persons (in this paragraph referred to as voting members);

(b)the principal of the school who shall be entitled to attend and take part in meetings of the Board of Governors but not to vote on any question; and

(c)persons co-opted under Articles 122 and 139 of the 1989 Order who shall be entitled to attend and take part in meetings of the Board of Governors but not to vote on any question.

(2) Where there are 10 voting members of the Board of Governors of the school, then of those members—

(a)six shall be appointed as provided by the scheme of management and at least one of the persons so appointed shall, at the time of his appointment, be a parent of a pupil attending the school;

(b)two shall be appointed—

(i)where an agreement under paragraph 2 is in force in relation to the school, by the Head of the Department and the board or boards concerned in accordance with an agreement made between the Head of the Department and the board or boards concerned;

(ii)in any other case, by the Head of the Department;

(c)one shall be elected by parents of pupils attending the school from amongst parents of such pupils;

(d)one shall be elected by assistant teachers at the school from amongst such assistant teachers.

(3) Where there are 18, 27 or 36 members of the Board of Governors of the school, sub-paragraph (2) shall apply as if for the numbers mentioned in heads (a), (b), (c) and (d) of that sub-paragraph there were substituted the fractions five-ninths, two-ninths, one-ninth and one-ninth respectively.

(4) Subject to sub-paragraph (5), persons elected to the Board of Governors under sub-paragraph (2)(c) and (d) shall hold office for a period of four years from the date on which they were elected.

(5) If a person referred to in sub-paragraph (4) ceases to hold office before the end of the period referred to in that sub-paragraph, any person elected to replace him shall hold office only for the remainder of that period.

(6) The Board of Governors shall, with the approval of the Department, make arrangements for the election of persons under sub-paragraph (2)(c) and (d) and such arrangements shall ensure that any vote taken for the purpose of any such election shall be by secret ballot.

(7) Where under any instrument of government of a school assets of a capital nature held for the purposes of or in connection with the school are vested in the Board of Governors of the school, the persons elected to the Board of Governors of the school under sub-paragraph (2)(c) and (d) shall, unless the other members of the Board of Governors otherwise determine, not be entitled to attend or take part in any meeting of the Board of Governors whenever a matter relating to the acquisition, disposal or management of such assets is being discussed or to vote on any question relating to such a matter.

6.(1) The coming into force, or termination, of any agreement under paragraph 1(1) and any consequential change in the membership of the Board of Governors of a school shall not—

(a)constitute a change for the purposes of Article 14(2)(d) or (e); or

(b)break, or otherwise affect, the continuity of employment of persons employed by the Board of Governors.

(2) Where an agreement under paragraph 1(1)(a) in relation to a school is terminated under paragraph 1(3), the voting members of the Board of Governors of the school appointed under paragraph 4(2)(a) and (b) shall cease to hold office and such appointments to the Board of Governors shall be made under paragraph 5(2)(a) and (b) as are necessary to ensure that the membership of the Board of Governors complies with paragraph 5.

(3) Where an agreement under paragraph 1(1)(b) in relation to a school is terminated under paragraph 1(3), the voting members of the Board of Governors of the school appointed under paragraph 5(2)(a) and (b) shall cease to hold office and such appointments to the Board of Governors shall be made under paragraph 4(2)(a) and (b) as are necessary to ensure that the membership of the Board of Governors complies with paragraph 4.

(4) Persons appointed to the Board of Governors under sub-paragraph (2) or (3) shall hold office for the remainder of the original term of office of those ceasing to hold office under that provision.

(5) The termination under paragraph 1(3) of an agreement under paragraph 1(1) does not affect the membership of the Board of Governors of any persons other than those mentioned in sub-paragraph (2) or (3).

7.  In this Schedule “assistant teacher” has the meaning assigned to it by paragraph 7 of Schedule 4.

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