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Governing Body Open Meeting Protocol

The Governing Body of Stepgates Community School has agreed that Full Governing Body meetings will be open to the public. These meetings are meetings of the Full Governing Body to which any member of the public can request, in writing, to attend, as observers. This protocol constitutes the Code of Conduct required by the governing body in return for granting access to their meetings.



Governing Body meeting dates are publicized on the school website and through parent newsletters.


Any member of the public can make a request, in writing, to attend the 'open' part of any meeting.


Requests to attend must be sent to the Clerk to the Governing Body no less than 14 days before the date of the meeting. 


If there is sufficient capacity/space an invitation to attend the meeting will be issued by the Clerk to the Governing Body, together with an agenda. These will be sent by email 7 days prior to the meeting.


Anyone attending will be shown on the meeting minutes as 'In Attendance'.


Persons attending meetings are there at the invitation of the governing body and must agree to:


  • be present as observers only;
  • not speak or in any other way interrupt the meeting;
  • at the request of the chair, leave the meeting if any part of it is deemed, by the governing body to be confidential;
  • not record any part of the meeting electronically or in writing;


Failure to abide by these expectations may result in an individual being asked to withdraw from the meeting and potentially being refused an invitation to attend future meetings.


Minutes of all meetings are published on the school website, when they have been agreed by the full governing body.

Stepgates Community School
  • Stepgates Community School
  • Stepgates, Chertsey,
  • Surrey, KT16 8HT,
  • United Kingdom
  • If you have any queries please contact Mrs Kemp
  • Our SENDCo is Mrs Diana Muller who can be contacted via the school email address
  • Telephone: 01932 563022
  • Email: info@stepgates.surrey.sch.uk
  • For Absences please email: office@stepgates.surrey.sch.uk
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