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School council

In 2014, the Capricornia School of Distance Education School community and staff collaboratively decided to become an Independent Public School (IPS). As an IPS school we have greater autonomy in decision making processes to enhance student learning.

The Independent Public Schools fact sheet (PDF, 70 KB) contains some information about IPS at Capricornia School of Distance Education. More information can be found on the Independent Public Schools information page.

The school council aims to enable greater involvement of the school community and other stakeholders, such as industry, in setting the strategic direction for the school.

The role of a school council is to:

  • monitor the school's strategic direction

  • approve plans and policies of the school of a strategic nature, including the annual estimate of revenue and expenditure for the school

  • monitor the implementation of the plans, policies and other relevant documents

  • advise the school's principal about strategic matters.

The school council plays a role in monitoring and informing the school's strategic direction in a way that achieves the best learning outcomes for the school's students.

The school council does not impact upon the functions and powers of the P&C, although the P&C president will be included on the school council to represent the views of the P&C Association. The school council has the responsibility to approve documents that set the strategic direction of the school, but is not involved in daily operational aspects.