Declaration of Interests
It is important that all those involved in governance act impartially. Governors at all levels have a responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business and personal interests and affairs and those of the school and the Trust. There is a legal duty on all governors to declare an interest likely to lead to questions of bias when considering any item of business at a meeting and for the governor concerned to withdraw, if necessary, whilst the matter is considered.
We are required to keep a register indicating any business interests for all governors and the executive headteacher. This includes the company by whom they are employed, directorships, significant shareholdings or other appointments of influence within a business or other organisation which may have dealings with the school. They are also required to declare the interests of any member of their immediate family (including partners) or other individuals known to them who may exert influence. The register is designed to demonstrate that in spending public money, the governors and headteacher do not benefit personally from decisions that they make.
This is also related to the general principle that no-one should be involved in a decision where his or her personal interests may conflict with those of the governing body. If a person has any pecuniary interest, direct or indirect in any contract, proposed contract or any other matter under discussion at a meeting, he or she shall disclose the fact, withdraw from the meeting during the consideration or discussion of the matter, and shall not vote on any question with respect to that matter.