What is a Board of Management?
Primary schools have had boards of management since 1975. The Education Act, 1998 put the system on a statutory basis and set out the responsibilities of the boards. National schools are not obliged to have boards of management. The patron of the school has the right to decide whether or not to have one. In practice, most national schools do have boards.
Under the Education Act, 1998, the patron is obliged "for the purposes of ensuring that a recognised school is managed in a spirit of partnership" to appoint, where practicable, a Board of Management. The composition of the Board of Management is to be agreed between school patrons, national associations of parents, school management organisations, teacher representatives and the Minister.
The board is appointed by the patron. In making appointments, the patron must comply with Ministerial directions about gender balance. If the patron decides that it is not practicable to appoint a board, he/she must give reasons to the parents, teachers, staff and the Minister but he/she cannot be forced to appoint one.
The role and method of operation of boards of management of primary schools was agreed by the Department of Education, the school managers, parents and teachers in 2003. The Constitution of Boards and Rules of Procedure, revised in 2011, sets out the principles on which it is based. This is available through the Department of Educations website.
Board of Management Members
The school has a Board of Management composed of 8 members:
Our Board of Management
Deirdre van der Putten (Chairperson)
Sr. Padraigin McKenna
Di Di Sheridan
Michele Mc Carra (Principal)