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Declarations of Interest

It is important that all those involved in governance act impartially. Governors have a responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business and personal interests and affairs and those of the school. 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 headteacher. 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.

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