Dr Stephen Codrington brings wisdom, insights and practical experience from four decades’ work as an educator, board trustee, speaker, author, and school evaluator to OPTIMAL SCHOOL GOVERNANCE, a specialist service to support school boards to enhance their effectiveness.  Based in Sydney (Australia), he works with schools everywhere in the world.

Stephen appreciates that schools have unique cultures that differ from the corporate world in many ways.  Therefore, unlike other organisations that provide advice in the area of governance, OPTIMAL SCHOOL GOVERNANCE has a specialist focus on schools.  Support is provided by leaders who understand education, high standards and school governance through a lifetime of service in educational leadership.

OPTIMAL SCHOOL GOVERNANCE works with school boards in a range of ways:

  1. board workshops that focus on ‘best practice’ in school governance;

  2. orientation sessions for new board members;

  3. board and trustee evaluations;

  4. assistance with recruitment of Heads and senior staff;

  5. development of strategic visions and plans;

  6. help with restructuring and advice on a range of issues, including board-head relationships;

  7. critical friendships and mentoring of school boards, trustees and Heads of Schools.

Stephen understands that every school is unique, and has its own culture and ethos.  Therefore, OPTIMAL SCHOOL GOVERNANCE is very flexible in being able to address the specific needs of different schools – single-sex and coeducational, day and boarding, religious and secular, all age ranges, and international schools.

OPTIMAL SCHOOL GOVERNANCE supports schools in a wide range of situations.  It provides regular board training to preserve the effectiveness of highly effective boards as well as delivering support for boards that find themselves in deep crisis.

The consultancy service is supported by a 208 page handbook for school boards.  For details of the book, see HERE.

Stephen can be contacted in the first instance through the e-mail link below.


The specialist in school board effectiveness

To download copies of the Optimal School Governance brochures, click on the images below.

CONTACT US at  stephen@optimalschool.com

Schools in New South Wales: We are a NESA approved training provider of courses relating to proper governance in non-government schools (D2015/35965).  Read about our NESA courses HERE.

To see the topics available for our workshop sessions, click HERE.

To consider the critical friendships and mentoring we offer for school boards, click HERE.

To learn about the services we offer to boards as they develop strategic plans and visions, click HERE.

To learn about the services we offer to boards as they search for and recruit heads of school, click HERE.

To read about the background and expertise of our President, Stephen Codrington, click HERE.

To read some recent articles by Stephen Codrington, click HERE.

Optimal School Governance

Click HERE to watch our 2 minute video on ‘getting governance right’

Read Stephen’s article about ‘getting governance right’ HERE.

Be sure to visit us at the

AHISA Biennial Conference

Optimal School Governance is a

Keynote Sponsor

of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia

2017 Biennial Conference

29 Sept to 1 Oct 2017

Queenstown, New Zealand