The PMSA understands that the community are looking for a greater degree of accountability and transparency in schools. We acknowledge and understand that parents have a committed long-term relationship with their children’s school and are concerned about the governance of that school which affect the quality of the educational outcomes for their children.
The PMSA has been operating and governing schools for 100 years. We have sound governance practices and have successfully built and continue to govern four outstanding independent schools. But we understand that practices change and community expectations change.
To respond to these changes and community concerns, the PMSA has engaged the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) to review our governance arrangements against standards of good governance practice. Specifically, the PMSA has requested the AICD to review the role and composition of the PMSA Council and the School Councils.
The governance review began in early 2018 and has been an open consultation process through written submissions which has allowed the school community to participate and contribute thoughts on key issues. In addition, the PMSA complemented this formal review process with a series of open forums held at each school in April.
On 31 July, the PMSA received the AICD's full report with recommendations. The PMSA Council will consider these recommendations at meetings in August. In September, the PMSA will make publicly available below a summary of the AICD report and provide an action plan of when the PMSA will implement the report recommendations.
We believe this review is one of the positive steps the PMSA is taking to improve our governance, increase our transparency and build confidence with our school community.
Below are documents relating to the AICD’s governance review.