All state and state-integrated schools in New Zealand (like Ilam School) have a school board, which has overall responsibility and accountability for the school/kura. The school board’s legal responsibilities are determined by the Education and Training Act 2020.
School boards have a stewardship role that involves planning for, and acting in, the interests of the school and its community. Student learning, wellbeing, achievement and progress are the board’s main concern.
The board is guardian of the school’s values. It is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the school and overseeing the management of personnel, property, finance and administration.
It’s important to note that the board is NOT responsible for the day-to-day running of the school — that’s the job of the principal.