Meet The Governors
In all schools, day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher but the Governing Body is responsible for overseeing all aspects of school life and has 3 statutory responsibilities:
- Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
As a federation we have one Governing Body at St Michael’s, overseeing both the Infant and Junior schools. This comprises 12 governors, all of whom (apart from the Executive Headteacher) are volunteers. We work closely with Mrs Dicker and senior staff to achieve our shared Vision of securing outstanding educational provision to give the children the best possible life chances and be the best they can be.
We are appointed or elected in a number of different governor categories, representing the various groups with an interest in the school. We bring different skills and experience to the Governing Body (co-opted governors are appointed specifically for the skills they offer) and share a keen interest in the education of the children at the schools and an enthusiasm to help achieve the federation’s Vision. This table shows our current governors and you may follow the links below to find out more about us.
Information on governors who left the Governing Body in the past year is contained in minutes published on this website.
Click on our names to find out more about us!
Clerk (KCC) - Clare Nursey
Authority (KCC) - Vacant
There are several models to guide Governing Body organisation and we have adopted the following way of working, which is called The Circle Model and allows all governors to join in all discussions and decisions which affect the schools:
The Full Governing Body meets 6 times a year (once per term) to receive and discuss reports and ask questions of the Headteacher, senior staff and fellow governors. Minutes of these meetings, minus any confidential discussions, are available to read at school – please ask at the school office and the clerk will arrange for you to have access.
In addition to attending meetings, all governors make regular monitoring visits to the school to meet staff and children and check progress against the school’s plans. There are specific areas to be monitored, including Safeguarding, Finance, Health and Safety, and we have a nominated governor to lead in these important areas, shown in the table above. All governors monitor progress against school development plans and this year our specific focus has been to check on the progress and attainment of our disadvantaged children (those for whom we receive additional Pupil Premium funding). We also attend events and celebrations at the school and this is the part of the governor role we all really enjoy!
We are always keen to hear from parents, carers and others interested in the progress of the school or perhaps interested in joining the Governing Body. If you would like to contact the Governors for any reason, or would like more information on how we manage Governing Body business, please write to us at the school (address your envelope to the “Clerk to the Governing Body”) or speak to Mrs Dicker or Mrs Heather or any current governor.