Governance and the Board
The Board and its role in the governance of ELA Basel - The Swiss British School
The Board of our school is responsible for the strategic direction of ELA Basel and for effective governance. We are registered as a Swiss not-for-profit verein, for which the Board is the governing body.
We are a non-denominational and politically neutral non-profit organisation according to Art. 60 ff. ZGB, located in Basel, Switzerland. Parents, as members of the Verein, elect individual Board members for two year terms at our Annual General Meeting.
Our voluntary Board currently consists of eight parents and non-parents with diverse experience and personal histories. The Board composition includes educationalists, HR professionals, legal and finance specialists and executives from major companies in Basel. The Board is responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation, as well as for appointing our Executive Director, who reports to the Board. Recently, for example, the Board has worked on our brand strategy and Social Media plan and on the upcoming COBIS Accreditation in 2021. The Board also reviews and approves the annual financial budget, the quarterly reports of Early Years and the Primary School as well as the annual financial statement of the verein.
Parents and staff are welcome to contact the Board by writing an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions regarding the verein's strategy and governance. Operational matters in connection with the leadership of the school should be addressed to the Executive Director and the Leadership Team. Topics related to a particular class should be raised with the Parent Class Representative.
The Board also represents our school towards external organizations and answers to parents, in their capacity as verein members at our Annual General Meeting. ELA Basel is accredited and approved by the Educational Department of Basel-Stadt. As such, the School has held the Basel-Stadt Secondary School Transition Agreement since 2017. ELA Basel is also a member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and the Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS).
The 2020 Constitution of our verein, formally known as “ELA Basel” is available in both German and English in the parent section of the website (password protected).