About Govas

GOVAS works closely with the Stockport Children and Young People Directorate, but we are a fully independent association of governors affiliated to the equally independent National Governors Association. Every governor in Stockport is automatically a GOVAS member (as long as your institution pays their subscriptionof £10.00 PA)and our Management Committee is made up exclusively of serving volunteer governors in Stockport’s schools – nursery, primary secondary and special. Our biggest strength is our links with all the school governors in Stockport through our newsletter, special communications, and this website.  



1. Purpose and objectives of GOVAS

  • To constitute a representative body of school governors in Stockport.
  • To help to promote an effective educational service within Stockport SMBC.
  • To provide a forum for discussion and mutual assistance regarding educational issues.
  • To promote best practice in fulfilling statutory and other responsibilities with sensitivity.
  • To raise public awareness of education issues.
  • To liase with all appropriate bodies connected with education, both locally and nationally.
  • To encourage school/community links.
  • To provide a basis for pursuing comon ideals and objectives.
  • To represent a common view in discussion with other bodies.

2.  Membership

  • All governors of publicly funded schools in Stockport shall automatically be members of GOVAS
  • Voting membership is open to all governors.
  • The management committe may by two thirds majority and for good reason terminate the membership of GOVAS any individual provided that the individual concerned shall have the right to be heard by the Management Committee, accompanied by a friend, before the final decision is made.

3.  Meetings

  • GOVAS shall meet termly
  • The Management comittee shall meet as neccessary to conduct its business.
  • There shall be an Annual General Meeting before the end of April in each year. Notice together with agenda, shall be circulated at least 14 days before the meeting to every Governing Body eligible for membership.
  • An honorary Auditor shall be appointed at the AGM
  • An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of Govas shall be held either at the request of any four memebers of the Management Committee or at the request of 25 Governors. Notice of the meeting together with agenda shall be circulated at least 7 days before the meeting.
  • Motions may be represented at all meetings and shall be adopted according to a vote. On contentious issues between sectors, counts should be shown seperatly for Primary, Secondary and Special Schools, and be adopted if there is a majority in two of the three sectors.

4. Management Committee

  • The Management committee shall consist of up to 12 elected members and up to 4 co-opted members, limited to a maximum of one elected member and one co-opted member from each school, whose Governing Body is a member of GOVAS, who will manage the affairs of GOVAS and give effect to its objectives.
  • All management committe members will be elected to serve for a term of two years. Members whose term of office expires may stand for re-election if they wish to do so, provided they are still a governor of a publicly funded school in Stockport.
  • At its first meeting of each year, the Management Committee will elect its officers.
  • No Officer may seek re-election to the same office if he/she has served a continious term of office of three years, from the date of an AGM, in that position.
  • The composition of the Management Committee shall reflect, as far as possible the three sectors of education - Primary, Secondary and special schools.
  • Election of the Management Committee shal be by ballot of of those members who attend the Annual General Meeting of Govas.
  • A Management Committee member may resign at any time. Such vacancies may be filled by co-option until the next AGM, when it shall be subject to ballot.
  • The committee shall have the authority to form working parties and/or sub committees from GOVAS members. Decisions of the sub-committees and working parties shall be ratified by a subsequent full meeting of the Management Committee.

5. Powers

In furtherance of the Purpose and Objectives but not otherwise, the Management Committee may exercise the right to the following powers.

  • Power to raise funds and to invite and receive contributions provided that in raising funds the Management Committee shall not undertake any substantial permanent trading activities and shall conform to any relevant requirements of the law.
  • Power to buy, take on lease or in exchange any property necessary for the achievement of the objectives and to maintain it for use.
  • Powers to co-operate with other charities, voluntary bodies and statutory authorities operating in furtherance of the Purpose and Objectives or of similar charitable purposes and to exchange information and advise with them.

6. Relationship with other Organisations

  • GOVAS, through the committee shall seek to establish good working relationships with other appropriate organisations and individuals.
  • From time to time, members of these organisations or individuals may be invited to meetings.
  • GOVAS, as a body, shall have no poitical affiliations.
  • At LA level, GOVAS shall seek representation on all appropriate working pargties and groups set up by officers or by elected members, especially where matters concerning their responsibilities are being discussed.
  • At national level, GOVAS shall determine matters of affilitaition from time.

7. Finance

  • The management committee shall as necessary maintain a bank and/or a building society account in the name of GOVAS. Withdrawals form the account(s) shall be made on the signature of any two out of four nominated Management Committe members.
  • All monies shall be applied to further the purpose and objectives of GOVAS and for no other purpose.
  • The financial year will be from 1st September each year to 31st August the following year.
  • The managment Committee shall require the accounts to be audited annually and presented a the AGM next following the end of the financial year.

8. Amendements to the Constitution

  • The rules of the Constitution may be amended, supplemented or varied by resolution at an AGM or EGM subject to 28 days notice, in writing, to the Secretary. [see standing orders, attached]

9.  Dissolution

  • A resolution for a dissolution ballot may be approved at an AGM or EGM. There must be a postal ballot of all member-governing bodies. A simple majority is required for dissolution to take effect.
  • Any assets remaining after discharge of liablilities shall be donated to educational charities. The charities shall be nominated by the committee and details circualted to members with the dissolution ballot papers.

Last amended 28th Aprill 2013

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